Monday, January 19, 2015

Pattern Review- Snappy Slippers and Travel Bag

It has been mighty cold here in Western New York for the last few weeks...much colder than usual.  When the temps are around zero and the wind is howling I go looking for slippers.  It seems that if my feet are toasty, the rest of me doesn't feel so bad.   With that in mind, last week I pulled out a neat pattern from Cool Cat Creations.

These Snappy Slippers with travel bag can be made with charm squares.  Have I mentioned that I have a serious problem with my ever expanding collection of charm squares?  Finally!  A cute use for one pack in my stash!  Unfortunately, when I made these, I wasn't thinking about blogging about the pattern so I didn't take any photos in progress.  I will try to give you the highlights from memory...

You will need one charm pack or 40- 5" squares plus one yard of a compliment fabric; fusible fleece; an 18" zipper; non slip sole fabric and Annies Soft and Stable (or a similar product).  You will also want freezer paper or some other pattern paper for tracing the templates for the slippers.  I was a bit unsure of what size to make...I didn't want to put all that effort into making the slippers and then have a fit issue.  I chose my normal shoe size and (yahoo!) they fit!  Ladies sizes 5-11 are included so you will be able to make these for all of your friends.

The directions in the pattern are excellent.  As you can see from the photos, the slippers are made with varying strips.  These are applied to the Soft and Stable using a "Quilt as you go" method.  If you have never done "Quilt as you go", click HERE for a helpful tutorial.  The slippers also have a padded insole so they are soooo comfy and the no slip sole will keep me on my feet.

I thought the illustrations were accurate and very helpful....especially the ones labeling the left and right.  Nobody wants to end up with two left slippers!  I have to admit that the travel bag sold me on this pattern.  I am going to feel so classy on my next trip with my slippers in a matching bag!

Look for this pattern at your local quilt shop.  You will love it!  Now I think I will just kick back and think about my next sewing project.....


Friday, January 9, 2015

Super Easy Fold Over Clutch

Happy New Year!  My intention was to get this post out at the beginning of the week but here it is Friday and I am just getting to it.  We returned from visiting our son and daughter in law on Sunday after spending New Years with them in North Carolina.  While there, my creative daughter in law and I dove into several sewing projects.  The first project was a bed skirt for a crib in the nursery.  The crib has a storage drawer at the bottom which is convenient.  The problem lies in the fact that when the mattress is in the highest position, all of the stuff stored in the drawer is visible.  We made a tailored skirt to be used until the mattress is lowered.  We made one of these previously but had to add a crib to the nursery because we found out that twins are on the way!  (Yahoo!)  We used a nice navy and white stripe from IKEA with muslin for the decking.  I have to say that I was very impressed with this fabric. The stripes were perfectly even so cutting was a breeze.  Here's how it turned out....

For a few more photos of this adorable nursery go to eat.sleep.decorate.

After we finished that project, it was on to this clever fold over clutch with faux leather.

 Here are the supplies for this 2 hour project:
6" faux leather (we bought one that was not too stiff)-  this was enough for two bags!
1/2 yard of cotton lining for each bag.
3/4 yard of focus fabric- we used decorator weight- this was also enough for two bags.
1 yard of fusible midweight interfacing
1 14" (or longer) zipper for each bag.

Here's what we cut for each bag:
2 pieces of the focus fabric 12 1/2" x 8 1/4".  (If you are using a directional fabric the 8 1/4" will be the top to bottom.
2 pieces of lining fabric 12 1/2" x 12".  (the 12" will be top to bottom)
2 pieces of leather 12 1/2"x 4 1/2".

Match the 12 1/2" edges of the outer fabric and the leather with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam.  Repeat with the other piece of outer fabric and leather.

Finger press the seam toward the fabric and top stitch along the fabric edge.  
Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the lining pieces.

Next we will make a zipper "sandwich."
Place your lining right side up.  Place the zipper along the 12 1/2" edge, right side up and extending past each edge.  Place the outer fabric right side down on top of the zipper and pin well.
The lining for this bag is the green with dots.
Using a zipper foot, stitch slowly, making sure that all of the layers stay even.
Fold the outer fabric and the lining back with wrong sides together and press.  Edge stitch through all of the layers.

Repeat with the other side making sure to line up the edges at the zipper.

Open the zipper half way.  If you don't open the zipper, your bag will be forever inside out.  Ask me how I know this....  Pin the lining fabrics right sides together.  Pin the outer fabrics right sides together being sure to match the leather edges.

Stitch a 1/4" seam all the way around the outer fabric, starting and stopping as close to the zipper as possible without sewing over the teeth.  Do the same with the lining section but leave a 5" opening at the bottom for  turning.  Clip the corners, turn and slip stitch the opening closed.  Tuck the lining inside, poke out the corners and you are done!
Finished size is approximately 12"x 12" when opened flat.
Clutches are so in right now....I'm thinking that I will be making a boatload of these!