I've got a sewing tutorial this week!
I go back to school this coming Saturday and needed a wristlet to take with to carry my phone, ID card, etc with me around campus. I looked around on etsy but they were all at least $25 dollars and I couldn't find any I loved anyway.
When I saw this tutorial by Mommy by Day...Crafter by Night, I thought that she made it look pretty easy to make a zippered pouch, even for someone like me who can only sew pillows.
So....I told myself it was baisically a pillow with a lining...and zipper....and wristlet part....and attempted one!
This is my finished product:
To make one, cut out two pieces of 8" x 6" fabric for the main fabric, lining, and fabric interfacing.
I had iron on interfacing lying around, so I ironed it on to the back side of the lining fabric.
Then I laid my front piece of fabric right side down, with a zipper right side down on top, with the interfacing right side down on-top of the zipper. I pinned all the pieces in place and sewed together.
Do the same thing with the other side. This is what is should look like...kind of. Although sew yours straighter than I did. (This was my first time sewing a zipper, give me some props ok?? haha)
Note: at this point you should unzip the zipper half way!
For the wristlet part of the bag I ran a stitch down some bias tape to use.
Pin the right sides together of the exterior fabric and sew around the whole outside.
I also pinned the wristlet part on at this point....although I should have stopped and realized that this was the inside of the exterior fabric....and sewing it on the inside would not allow me to use it on the outside....but I didn't until it was too late.
So, I made it work...which I explain later. But if you ever make one, make sure you pin and sew it on the right way!!!
Next I pinned the lining right side together, and sewed all around it except the corner which matches up with the wristlet side.
Then I flipped everything to the right side (that's why you needed to keep the zipper halfway open!) and I pulled the wristlet strap through the hole in the lining, and then sewed that hole up.
Not the cleanest way to do it....but, now I know better for next time!
Here's the bag almost done:
I made some rolled fabric rosettes for it and attached them....and then was done!
Just the right size to keep all my essentials!