Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Front Zippered Pouch Quest No. 4

I knew I couldn't be satisfied until I found the perfect tutorial that could give me perfectly lined front zippered pouch. At last after much staring at the screen I found Thimble. Reading through the tutorial I knew it was going to be hard to achieve the perfectly lined pouch I so craved. Be warned. You have to follow every single piece of instruction or you'll be sorry. I didn't and had to undo a couple of times.

I can't believe it. I have achieved my perfectly lined front zippered pouch. Now I can go back to watching Cold Case.

Back view.

No exposed seams

Monday, July 28, 2008

Front Zippered Pouch Quest No. 3

I was still prowling the net for more tutorials for my front zippered pouches. I hadn't realised how hard front zippered pouches are to construct and this realization is making me all the more determined to find the tutorial that will give a perfect finish. I simply can't stand any raw seams or unlined bags. It's so unfinished.

Kerri's tutorial is found at flickr so you can expect lots of step by step photos. Her tutorial hides raw seams by first sewing the seams on the right side. Turn the bag inside out and sew the seams on the wrong side. It's such a clever idea. In my haste I did not leave much allowance and my pouch just barely had enough room to sew the inside seams. (You'll know what I mean when you make the same mistake)

The "H' and "Y" are lopped off because I didn't leave enough allowance

The back view

The seams aren't raw

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Front Zippered Pouch Quest No. 2

After completing my first front zippered pouch, I could not eat and sleep. Okay, I could eat and sleep but the exposed raw edges bothered me so much I could not concentrate on my Cold Case episodes. Finally in a fit of desperation I turned to Google and discovered a tutorial that actually hides the raw edges. I decided to give it a go.

Craftlog's tutorial is sketchy meaning there are no step-by-step photos to guide you. Instead there are sentences of instructions. Ha ha. Definitely not for the newbie. This tutorial basically hides the raw edges by covering them with binding. I'm still a little squeamish with binding and the result shows. Unfortunately I had used thick interfacing for the outer fabric and when I had to sew the binding sandwich together, my machine shuddered so much I had to literally hand roll the dial to stitch every darn stitch.

Here's the result. I question my choice of fabric.

The back view. More of the same questionable fabric.

No raw seams.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Front Zippered Pouch Quest No.1

After Zippered Pouch Quest No. 5, I took a long break mainly because school started and waking up at 6am every morning was such a shock to my system that I spent the rest of the day just trying to keep awake. Also, after season 4 of Cold Case ended, I discovered that I had never watched Season 1. I was so disoriented from having nothing to watch so watching the entire Season 1 became my therapy. That Lily Rush...
Sooner or later, TV homicide wears you out so here I am back to my beloved zippered pouch quest.

I'm almost embarrassed to be doing this zippered pouch thing again. Just so I don't repeat myself, this time I'm doing Front Zippered Pouches.

Javajem has this tutorial for incredibly cute wristlets with front zippers.

This is the pouch I made using the tutorial. Totally interfaced for that crisp feel.

The back view. This indigo fabric attracts lint like crazy.

See the raw edges?

I don't know which step of the tutorial I missed because the raw edges are visible inside the pouch. Still, I love the pouch.

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