I may be here on the site today with a new project, and sending you the weekly newsletter, but actually, I'm not here. I'm on my way back today from Sewing Holiday in Sioux City, where I've been rubbing shoulders this week with some great sewing instructors. Hopefully, I'll pick up some great tips I can share with you, meet some great people and be able to share some photos of the event.
I'm actually really nervous. I had been reading comments prior from some of the attendees and they all had SO much sewing knowledge and experience – I was worried I was going to embarrass myself in their company. I'm a slapdash sewer for sure, never do things the ‘right' way and just get the job done.
What should I take with me? What supplies, tools, and equipment would I need? According to the class schedules, almost everything was supplied so I shouldn't need to take much with me. But what should I wear? Oh no – should I wear clothes I had made myself? Would the ladies be nice (like you all are), or would they be critical of what I had made? Arghhh.
Never mind all that. I just needed a small zipper pouch to carry a few basics and of course, it had to be sewing-related. I went back to the earlier idea of creating my own fabric, and the vintage envelope zipper purse from the printed fabric. Could I create something like this, but sewing related? What is that sort of size and shape – a sewing pattern of course. Light bulb moment!
The Print-Your-Own Fabric Sewing Pattern Envelopes
I wanted to make two pouches, one with the traditional portrait envelope and one, if I could find the right images, that was landscape. It's only when you look, that you realise just how few images there are longways. Most pattern envelopes have the image upright. I picked out some images and I was going to try to do a tutorial for you on how to adapt them to the right size, add a border and prepare them for printing, etc – but well, it's not that easy and not everyone has the right software – so I just thought I would share the ones I made.
I did this in Photoshop and made all 4 the same size then added a border in a light matching color so the edges weren't just plain white.
Just as a guideline if you fancy trying this yourself, I made the image 8 by 6 inches and this worked well without distorting the images. You can find some great vintage sewing pattern envelope images on Google HERE. Pick the ones that suit your style.
To make your sewing pattern pouch
- June Tailor printable fabric sheets – two pieces needed per bag
- 8-inch zipper or longer
- Fat quarter for lining and optional pocket
- Lightweight interfacing
- Vintage sewing pattern images or download the pre-prepared ones below
- Optional – Handmade for You printable fabric label
Read through the earlier articles about printing on fabric here:
- How to print on fabric at home – 4 different ways
- Printing on fabric – washing and fading
- Print your own ‘handmade' labels
- Vintage envelope zipper pouch – print your own fabric
To make your pouch
Cut your fabric piece with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the outside of the pattern image. Double-check they are the same size. If you are using my templates, then they should match OK.
Apply lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the printed fabric.
Create an inside pocket if you like, add your own ‘designer' label and add it to one piece of your lining fabric.
Then sew your zipper pouch in the usual way. If you've not already made a ton of these sort of things before, then there is a step by step on how to sew under the earlier tutorial about how to use your own printed fabric to create the vintage envelope bag. Check out the sewing tutorial here.
And that's it, your sewing pattern pouch is ready to fill with your sewing supplies, or whatever else you want to use it for. I was jumping about with excitement about these, showing my husband and just squealing with the cuteness of it all. He seemed under-impressed until I told him that I had printed the fabric too, then he was a little more impressed but not much – honestly, only you ladies can appreciate how darned fabulous these bags are.
Now I know I can go on Sewing Holiday and have something awesome to take with me. I'm still nervous, but not so bad now. I'm wondering if any of you will be there? Hope we had a chance to say hello and get our photos taken together if so.
Copyright – please note, the issue of copyright on sewing patterns is extremely complicated. I don't believe there is anything to stop you using a sewing pattern envelope image to create your own bag or other items. However, that's OK for personal use, but you should not sell the bags unless you are certain that copyright does not apply to that pattern envelope or image you have used. Therefore feel free to download these images I have created for you, but please use them solely for your own personal use. Or create your own fabric from images of your choice.