Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Purse Organizer

         Had a request from a friend to make a purse organizer for her large purse.  I pulled up one of my first tutorial posts from September 1, 2011.  It was actually the very first thing I made with the Ellisimo.
        The post was appropriately titled In the Beginning. (I have learned since to give my posts a more clear title so google can find the actual projects.)  The goal of this blog was to share ideas using more pictures than words, thus jots and shots.
          Here is a revised version of the purse organizer, being much larger but less bulky.  It's basically patterned after the same concept I use in making my Mug Organizers.  Basically just a very large version of the mug organizer.

Tuesday Tutorial

 Iron on light weight interfacing completely to one of the 3/8 yard pieces of fabric.
 Sew all 10 inch pieces of fabric together on short side,
creating one long piece of fabric.
 Fold in half, press.
Cut in half.
Lay pocket pieces with raw edge to raw edge of background piece
that had interfacing ironed on
 Divide the pocket section as desired.  
Possibly consider what is to be stored.
Mark stitching lines.
An iron away marking pin was used here.
Notice directions pins are placed.

 Pins are placed so stitching can start at fold 
with a zero zig zag length to tack the top of the pocket.
Back stitch could work as well for this "stress" area.

 After zig zag or reinforcement stitch,
continue stitching down the marked line.
Direction is ignored when doing outer edges.
When doing outer edges, it's easier to put all the bulk of the fabric to the left.
 Stitch along the bottom (raw edge) with less than 1/4 inch seam,
folding the excess fabric in the center of each pocket.

 Notice these pockets have different amounts of space in each pocket.
No super accurate measurements needed.

Take other 3/4 yard piece and place right sides together
on top of pockets.
Pin with pin heads laying outside edges.

Double pin area not to be stitched on end where piece will be turned inside out.

Turn piece over, and stitch around edge just inside edge of previous stitching
of bottom of pocket edge.
Remove pins so not to stitch over them.
The pin heads lay outside the edge so you can see them as you come to them.

 Trim corners.
Turn inside out through opening.

Take finger nail or pressing piece along seam line,
 then roll edge to seam
and press.

 Trim all threads
 Top stitch all around the edge.
Quarter in top stitch on end, and
one half inch on long edge.
 Quarter inch top stitch is used on end to close opening.
 Half inch topstitching is used on long edge because of bulk of folds of inside seam.

 The organizer is folded to fit the purse.


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 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo

Monday, October 30, 2017

Memory Mon 70~ Feed Sack Dress Memory

My local quilt shop, Birdsong, is now selling this fabric which reminds me of 
the feed sacks I made some of my first dresses.
I think my Mother let me use the fabric,
because it was basically free,
so if I messed up, nothing was lost.
A friend of mine and I, made some dresses from this fabric and
we wore them to high school.
Wish I still had those dresses.
And, imagine what they would really cost now!
Shannon at Birdsong, chose this fabric and pattern
and asked me to make this dress.
 It was an easy dress to make.
However, there are some construction techniques 
I will tweak for the next dress,
the pocket being one.

 The pattern instructed the neck be topstitched from the right side.
To me that was stitching blindly,
Since the outer seam is not seen, I chose to stitch from the inside
because when you view the neckline here,
that's the top stitch line you see.

 I also chose a different layout which didn't use as much fabric.

I used the larger armhole size so it could be worn as a jumper with a top underneath.
Yes, it has side pockets.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sun Best ~ Kentucky Fall Drive

Mr. G and I took a drive through a large part of Kentucky and Tennessee
Tuesday through Thursday.
Here are some shots taken between Georgetown and Glasgow, Kentucky
enJOY the beautiful nature.