Monday, March 16, 2009

Mystery Purse Day 2

For today's sewing fun you will need your 8" x 16" Pocket piece, and your 2 interfaced lining "A" pieces.

Step 1- Start by getting your 8" x 16" Pocket piece. Lay it on your ironing board interfacing side up. Fold the edges over approx. 3/8", and press the fold into them. I used a pin or two to hold them in place.

Step 2- Fold top edge over one more fold, and press.

Step 3- Take one of your Lining "A" pieces and lay it right side up. Place your pocket on the lining, about four inches from the top edge. You can either center it with the ruler, or eyeball it. Pin the pocket in place.

Step 4- Stitch the pocket in place. I topstitch, at 1/8" and 1/4", around all 3 edges. Make sure to back track a couple of times at the top to secure the pocket.

Step 5- OPTIONAL- I divided the big pocket into to smaller pockets by sewing a seam down the center.

Yeah!! Pockets on!! Isn't it cute?? Of course it is.

***If you want to add more pockets to the inside of your purse now is the time to do it, before you go to step 6.

Step 6- Stack your other Interfaced lining piece "A" on top of your pocketed piece with the right sides of the fabric together. Sew sides and bottom with 1/2" seam allowance.

****Before you sew make sure that the opening of you pocket is facing the top of your lining.***(Yes! I have had MANY upside down pockets because I didn't check.)

Step 7- Place your sewn lining on your cutting board. We are going to cut the bottom corners out.

Measure up 3 and 1/2" and over 3 and 1/2" from the edge. Mark this angle with a pencil. Do this to both bottom corners.

Step 8- Cut on the lines, and remove the corner pieces.

Step 9- Open the corners and fold them so that the seam allowances meet. I know that this may not make hopefully the picture will clear it up.

Step 10- Pin in place. It helps if you fold the seam allowances in opposite directions. Sew across opening with 1/2" seam allowance.

Now do it again with the other corner, and you are done for today!

Are We Having Fun Yet??

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