How to sew your own padded fabric bag handles

How to make your own padded fabric bag handles.

Are you a a keen bag maker? Ready to take you bags to the next level? Wondering how to create your own professional handles which tone perfectly with your bag? Its so easy to make your own handles, have a go:) You will need: 2″ by 28″ times two of fusible fleece 2″ by 29″ times two of the handle fabric Adjust as necessary for the length of the handles you need for your particular bag pattern. To make padded fabric bag handles Attach the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric following the manufacturers instructions, centering the fusible fleece Turn in the end of the fabric handles to the wrong side, press. Adhere into place with fabric glue, bondaweb or similar. Fold in the sides to the centre and adhere into place Fold both long sides into … Continue reading

How To Make Your Own Reversible Quilted Fabric

How to make your own reversible quilted fabric for use in bags and home decor. Love that I can have two different fabrics front and back with this.

Hi everyone!  I’m Jann from Newton Custom Interiors.  A few weeks ago, I shared here on Deby’s site, a tutorial about how to sew a quilted tablet cover with zippered pocket.  In the tutorial, I explained that I couldn’t find reversible quilted fabric in my local fabric stores that I liked, so I decided to make my own.  There were some questions about how I made it, so today I’m going to be explaining how to make your own reversible quilted fabric. Reversible quilted fabric is two fabrics that have a layer of batting between them, and then they are quilted together. This kind of fabric is great for bags, like my tablet cover, because you can have two fabrics – one for the outside and one for the inside of the bag, and the quilting keeps all of the … Continue reading

How a sewing machine works – video

Video animation of how a sewing machine works and how the stitches are formed. Shows why 'timing' is so important.

Today, just a quick snippet. Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine works when it has the two threads and only one needle? How is the stitch actually formed? This cool video shows you exactly how that works. And now you know why the ‘timing’ on your sewing machine is so important. If the timing is off, due to damage somewhere, then the stitches won’t form correctly or you may get skipped stitches.  Same if you have a slightly bent needle.    

Neat way to fold and organise fabric

Fabric envy! How to fold and organise your fabric stash. Makes things so much easier to find and match. I'm doing it!

I’m lucky or unlucky depending on what way you look at it.  My local fabric store only has about a dozen bolts of quilting cotton, and many of those feature vegetables, so I’m never tempted to buy too much.  That means compared to many, I have quite a modest stash of fabric.  Still, it is easy for it to get out of hand, as I rummage about in the crate, make a mess, and the fabrics get creased and just well, messy. An example of what I mean.  Hmm, messy. That annoys me a lot so I sought advice in our sewing chat group and found the perfect solution.  You can buy these ‘magazine boards’ from Amazon.  They are basically designed for people who collect comics and things like that I think.  It’s a thin but stiff cardboard board, glossy … Continue reading

How to mark and sew double ended darts

The easy way to mark and sew double ended darts. Now I KNOW I can get them exactly level with this method.

Have you seen this shape of dart before?  It will typically appear at the waistline in a dress that doesn’t have a seam at the waist.  You might find them on the front, on the back or both.  They add in shaping between bust, waist and hips and help the fabric to curve to your body. Imagine if you had a dress with a separate bodice and skirt.  The bodice would have a dart between waist and bust, and the skirt would also have a dart between waist and hip.  So if you have a dress without a waist seam, then these two darts meet up and make this ‘double ended darts’ shape. They need a little extra care when it comes to marking and sewing them, and a different technique to the single darts.  Check out these earlier articles … Continue reading

Selling what you sew – how to price your work

Sewing to sell. How to price your work. Several different methods discussed and a handy worksheet to give you a range of selling prices.

Handy Calculator below that will give you guidelines on pricing your work to sell. –>  We’ve mentioned previously at a few articles about sewing to sell, or selling what you sew, either online in marketplaces like Etsy, or locally at craft fairs. For example, How to get traffic to your Etsy Shop. In the sewing chat group, people often post pictures of what they’ve made and make enquiries about what to sell it for.  Or just ask for general advice on how to price to sell, based on cost of materials used etc.  Too often the likely selling price is no more than the cost of the materials, so you don’t make a profit, or even get compensated for your time. Sadly some people just don’t recognise the value of ‘hand-made’ goods these days so you can’t always achieve the price you need. … Continue reading

Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric

Wow, I love this idea. How to print your own fabric in any design you like and great a roject with it. These vintage envelope bags look great!

Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects.  I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch. Vintage envelope zipper pouch You will need: 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)  Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches 8 inch zipper (or longer) Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label Color bubble jet printer … Continue reading

How, when and why to clip seam allowances

Serger Pepper - Clip and notch seam allowances - how to easily sew perfect curves

If you have ever read instructions from a sewing pattern which included any curved seam, you’ve certainly been asked to “clip (or notch) seam allowances”. If they were your first steps in sewing, I bet you stopped a while to figure out what you had to do…  and maybe you’re still there, wondering what you needed to do and why? Go on reading my “how-to clip (and notch)” guide and never skip this important step again! When should you clip your seam allowances? When you’re sewing a concave curve (C-shaped valleys) or inside corners (think welt pockets, a zipper pocket slots, squared necklines…). On a garment, you’ll likely need to clip seam allowances on necklines, facing, armholes, hip pockets: mostly curved seams! Why do you need to clip? To allow fabric’s raw edge to stretch enough to lay flat, without … Continue reading

Handmade For You Printable Fabric Labels

Printable sheet of 'handmade' labels. Print on fabric at home to create your own deisgner sewing labels.

We’ve looked now at how to print your own fabric at home on your home printer over two earlier articles: How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways Printing on fabric – washing and fading So now we have the necessary knowledge and equipment on hand, we really ought to put that into practice.  I have an upcoming project for you I think you’ll like, but before we get to that one, let’s start with some labels you can print yourself. Print your own sewing labels If you sew for gifts, or sew for sale, then it’s really nice to include a label in your completed project to show that it was handmade.  We put a lot of care, hard work and love into the things we sew and should be proud of what we make. So … Continue reading

Sewing video for the Swoon Della Wallet Pattern

Full step by step video tutorial on how to make the Della Wallet from Swoon Patterns.

I’ve been sewing up someone else’s bag pattern again this week.  Another from Swoon Patterns.  Did you see my video tutorial from before on how to sew the Glenda Clutch Bag?  This is a great pattern too, give it a try if you are looking for a clutch bag. This week, the Della Wallet pattern.  I like sewing other designers’ patterns.  Gives me an idea of the materials they are using, any techniques I might want to try out, and how they are writing their instructions.  All good tips for improving my own pattern writing skills.  The Della Wallet is no exception, with some interesting ideas to work on. This pattern is described as: ” The Della Wallet Clutch is an ideal accessory, she’s easy to sew and practical enough to use daily. This wallet features 8 credit card slots, 2 … Continue reading

Printing on fabric – washing and fading

Printing on fabric at home. How washable is it? How to make the ink stick so you can wash your print at home fabric.

We looked before about how to print on fabric and I carried out a review of 4 different methods. Freezer paper sheets Freezer paper on a roll Ready-made printable fabric sheets Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Check out the earlier article for the review and information on all of the different ways I tried to stiffen the fabric for printing. What settings to use on your printer I tried various different settings on my printer to see if photo or standard printing gave best results.  You may see some tutorials that suggest you use photo print settings, but actually I found that this added too much ink to the fabric, made it too wet and the colors ran and bled into each other a little, making the end result less sharp. The recommendation on the ready-made print sheets … Continue reading

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