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Here's a collection of notes to help you along. This is just an intro. Many places you where buy leather, you may also pick up a book on working with leather. You generally don't want to pin pieces together before sewing.
**UPDATE** If you'd like this tutorial (and any of my others) in PDF format click here. Note: to view the PDF tutorial, you will need the latest Adobe Viewer program. Get the latest version of the viewer absolutely free by clicking on the button below: I've finished the purse that I was working on this week. I have used Baby Cord Apples Fabric, and a Loop Handle Purse Frame. The purse is not hard to make, why not give it a go?
**UPDATE** If you'd like this tutorial (or any of my others) in PDF format click here. Note: to view the PDF tutorial, you will need the latest Adobe Viewer program. Get the latest version of the viewer absolutely free by clicking on the button below: Here is a tutrorial for zippered pockets inside bags. They look smart, they prevent your valuables from going 'walkies', they make essentials such as lippy and your mirror easy to get at, and a girl can never have too many pockets in her bag!
If you want to see the finished bag that features this zipper here it is. This is a tutorial for a nifty bag zipper. What is nifty about this bag zipper is that it makes bags look neat and professional. This is because the zipper is inserted 1" (2.5cm) or more down from the top edge of the bag.
Here comes the tutorial for the puffy pouch ;) As I promised, I am introducing two ways to make this pouch, one made with a 5" flex frame which may not be very accessible and the other made with velcro which is fairly easily found at any craft stores. (The flex frame can be spotted at here , here , and here .) I love this pouch either way. This pouch is like the fabric basket tute and the patchwork drawstring tute combined into one with a little twist, so yeah, it's quick and easy again!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll like it....!!!
Lets get this tutorial started then! After making Oishii and then the abundance of zippered pouches that followed I had so many people write to me saying that they are scared of zips! Well, fear zips no more...they are actually quite simple. This is a great beginner zipper project, so gather yourself some materials and lets get sewing :)
A huge thanks to Dana and Disney for doing such a great job of rounding up all sorts of wonderful mother's day projects! Materials needed: 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you'll definitely have scraps leftover) 8" zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the package scraps of medium weight fusible interfacing Cutting the pieces: For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5" tall by 9" wide, and one 5.5" tall by 13" wide (this will be the gathered front) Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5" tall by 9" wide For the front band, cut one piece 4" tall by 9" wide. For the lining, cut two pieces 5.5" tall by 9" wide For the zipper end covers: two pieces 1.5" tall by 2.5" wide.
Honestly, I'll stop banging on about these bias tape gizmos eventually .... but I HAVE to let you know this trick. When you want to make a simple button closure for a bag (or garment) and you don't have matching cord or braid for the loop, do you go to the trouble of making rouleaux? I don't. I do THIS!!!........
If you would like to show off your creative and crafty side, why not start making your own purses? You can still follow the fashion trends, but you can create whatever style and size that suits you, and it'll be totally unique! There are all sorts of different styles of purse you can make including small clutch bags, coin purses, wallets, eyeglasses cases and camera pouches - In fact there is a tutorial for every requirement, taste, sewing ability level and pocket! I hope you find the below roundup of projects useful, and I hope it inspires you to let your imagination run wild :-) Photo and purse by Between The Lines - Click here for the how-to. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>