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Clear zipper pouch

I don’t remember what made me want to try the clear vinyl, but I bought a metre of it to try, and finally got up the courage to open up the roll and cut out a piece. For my first attempt I followed a tutorial by Crafty Gemini on YouTube. It involves just one piece of vinyl and a zipper and is a nice easy entry into sewing with vinyl.

The vinyl I got from my usual bag supplies shop was rather stiff and turning out once finished was like a wrestling event. I finally got the pouches turned out, but.

Clear zipper pouches

These are actually quite useful as project bags to cart around your sewing, crochet or knitting projects. Also, these would be great to take your make-up or personal care products with you when you travel, so that you don’t have to turn out all the contents of your toiletry bag at airport security. But clearly, the size isn’t ideal for a knitting or crochet project. It would be great for sewing and embroidery, since fabric is flatter.

Then I wondered if perhaps it would be easier to turn out the pouch after sewing if I used some fabric panels. Plenty of patterns and tutorials are available for those as well. I finally ended up using one by So Sew Easy.

After those simple pouches, I took on the pattern that caused me to get into this vinyl business in the first place. A rollup case with compartments that can be hung up to access the separate compartments. I’m not sure why, but the concept fascinated me. There are several pattern options: this flat one (which I might make next), or this paid pattern with detachable compartments, made with fabric rather than vinyl.

But I chose a pattern by Pattydoo. It has an accompanying YouTube tutorial and a very affordable price. I could choose to make it with mesh or fabric but for my first attempt I chose vinyl.

This is the Kosmetiktasche Casey pattern by Pattydoo. My greatest hurdle in this was the binding that goes around the edges. I haven’t got much practice with it and I’m not very fond of sewing it. So the half-finished project languished on my sewing table while I made excuses to postpone making and sewing on the binding. I did finally get to it, though.

Variants in fabric accents

A customer wanted a set of the simple zipper pouches with ikat accents. I had not thought I had such a wide range of fabric in ikat, but my inner Hyderabadi seems to have surfaced. I was able to show her my range and she chose these three. By this time, however, I had had to go and buy reinforcements for the vinyl, and this time it seems to be a thinner variety.

Thick versus thin vinyl

So here are my observations/experiences with the vinyl. While the thicker variety was tough to manipulate for turning, the thinner variety was much easier. The flip side of that was that the thinner variety tends to stick, both to itself and the surface of the sewing machine. This made it a different sort of challenge. I finally compromised by sticking some paper on the machine so I could move this along to sew. A teflon foot helps on the other side. But although easier to turn, this vinyl also results in a pouch that stands up by itself.

I think if I tried Casey with this vinyl it might be easier, although there it wasn’t the turning that held me up but the binding.

I like trying out new materials and I think I can cautiously count this as a success. Have you tried vinyl? How has the experience been? If you haven’t yet but are planning to, here are a couple of tips I can give you for sewing with clear vinyl:

Beginner tips for sewing with vinyl

  • Use a teflon foot if you have one. If you don’t, you can stick some tape on the bottom of the foot so that it does not stick to the plastic
  • If you can cover your sewing machine’s surface with paper or some fabric, it will help move the vinyl freely. I stuck some on with washi tape
  • I believe heating the vinyl with a hair dryer will help soften it enough to make turning it easier. I didn’t try this because I was afraid it might deform the vinyl, so I cannot vouch for or against it
  • To hold the fabric to the vinyl, you could use pins, as long as the holes will be hidden in the seam or under the fabric. If close to the edge, you can use binder clips or Wonder Clips to hold the fabric and vinyl together
  • Use a longer stitch length to minimise the number of holes the sewing makes. Use a light, neutral colour of thread so the stitching is as inconspicuous as possible. Unless of course you want the thread to show as a design feature!
  • Sew slowly and steadily. Take your time with it. You don’t want to have to rip out any stitches that go wrong, because the resulting holes will not go away.

Pattern mini-reviews

As for the patterns/tutorials I used, I found all three (Crafty Gemini, So Sew Easy and Pattydoo) easy.

I like to watch Crafty Gemini for her accent (which is a very funny thing to admit, but I like how she pronounces her ‘r’, and she’s just so lovely to look at!) And she has a range of simple but useful free pattern tutorials.

So Sew Easy also has several useful patterns and tutorials. I think I own most of their patterns by now. And talking of accents, I love listening to the British accent for a change…

I like Pattydoo patterns because they print with a grid and are affordable in comparison with most US patterns. The tutorials (usually free) are always detailed and clear enough that I can follow even with my half-knowledge of German (she does have some with English subtitles). It helps me pick up some sewing related German vocabulary. There are one or two other patterns I want to try.

On the whole, sewing with vinyl has expanded my range, and increased the appeal of my products among my customers. I think I will get more comfortable as I make more pouches and bags and wallets and organisers with clear vinyl or plastic. Hop on over to my Instagram feed to see how some of my pouches are being used. It might inspire you to make your own, or order some custom-made ones from me!

Time was, when we lived in Kochi, I wore sarees every day. I don’t remember how I arrived at that denouement, but I did. Perhaps it helped that I didn’t go anywhere (or rather didn’t go into the city very much). All my cotton sarees got a proper airing.

Then we moved to Mumbai and for various reasons (including a midlife crisis and the culture shock of moving to a metropolis) I switched back to wearing trousers and tops or kurtas.

Most recently in my sartorial journey, I’ve moved (shifted!) to dresses. I find they’re so comfortable, easy to get on and suitable for every occasion (unless you make the mistake of choosing fitted ones and then proceed to get highly self-conscious every single time you wear them in public).

Cotton dresses are the best!

After sewing for a couple of years now, and having failed in my previous couple of attempts to sew myself a kurti/nighty/etc., I did the unthinkable.

I fell in love with a particular style of dress that I bought online, and it doesn’t really have a shape as such, though it is styled. So I decided to make one for myself.

Last Saturday, while my daughter was at a paper weaving workshop (we do a lot of workshops, my daughter and I, together and separately) at Bombay Paperie, I went fabric shopping. Which is my favourite kind of shopping nowadays. I hit up Crawford Market (actually Mangaldas Market on the opposite side, to be technically accurate). Browsing through, I saw this cotton block print in beige with black and red, and quite as an afterthought, I saw this slubby, textured fabric, which the shopkeeper told me was khadi cotton. Now, that part I’m not convinced about, but it was beige!

Give me grey, beige, black, white and brown, and I’m a very happy bunny. I don’t know why, but I love my neutrals. So naturally I got the slub fabric, too. Without a conscious plan, mind.

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Can you look at that lovely texture and not fall in love???

All week I chafe against work and responsibility, but when the weekend comes, I end up not being able to settle down to any projects, which makes me feel discouraged, which makes it even less likely that I will be able to choose anything to make!

Finally on Sunday I decided to gird my loins and get down to try that dress. Nothing ventured, etc.

So I used the original dress itself to draw out the pattern directly on my fabrics, with a seam allowance. Then I screwed up my courage even further, and drew out the top yoke and bottom hem (with facings). I had forgotten to account for a contrast yoke, so I cut those extra inches out later from the body pieces.

I do have some real patterns saved and maybe even one or two templates cut out, but this was the first time I got as far as cutting out an actual dress in acceptable (to me) fabric. Choosing such an easy shape was a good decision.

Then the sewing.

It helps that I’ve tried so many different kinds of things over the past couple of years, so I could try ways to make the dress as “professional” looking as I could.

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I definitely wanted pockets, and these have French seams, which happen to be one of my favourite ways of finishing nowadays, so I began with them. Turned out nicely too, except maybe I should have figured out how to attached them to the dress body before declaring them finished.

Then I turned to the bottom contrast hems, and with the almost straight hems, the burrito method of attaching was a cakewalk. No visible seams! Finished off with a topstitch, naturally.

Having used the burrito method for the bottom, I decided to use it for the yoke as well. Since the yoke pieces were in two halves rather than a single piece like the bottom, I first attached the body to the yoke bottoms, then rolled up the burrito and seamed the tops together.

Once turned out, the tops of the body had a finished look. These I then seamed together and sewed down to minimise the bulk. Doing the yoke this way also means I am less afraid of the slub fabric fraying. The edges are nicely enclosed.

The only thing left to do was sew up the body. This meant I had to put in the pockets and then I realised the pockets I’d finished had to be reworked somewhat in order for me to be able to attach them in the seams.

This was by far the most complicated part of the whole project. I had recourse to my seam ripper, and I had to figure out how to achieve neat and strong seams.

I managed, and learnt a few things. Totally worth it, because I love pockets! (Which does not mean that I might not decide to use patch pockets next time.) I also realised I missed the small pleat the original dress has in the top back, but it still seems to flow OK.

So there you are. My smile says it all, doesn’t it?

So much accidental harmony. Perhaps that’s the best kind. Because I do know that I tend to become anxious when I do anything that is planned in advance. I’m also proud I managed the seam allowances well enough, that my inside finishing is also not anything to be ashamed of. Plus pockets!! And cotton comfort!! And neutrals!!

Should I try the same basic shape for my next one, in brighter colours, maybe, or try something more challenging? I don’t do well with challenge.

Watch this space.

My daughter has gone up from class 2 to class 3, and today was her first day in class 3. I’m still in the phase of wanting to make stuff for her occasions and she’s still in the phase of being happy with what I make.

This time’s challenge was to make her a bag for her lunch box and related stuff.

The challenge came from her choosing a round tiffin box. Most patterns have boxed rectangular or square bottoms and while I paged through several pages of results, I wasn’t particularly keen on starting any one.

When I sew or weave I usually have on my YouTube or Netflix in the background as filler. Either I’m tuned to standup comedy or classic murder mysteries or British political satire or true crime. Plus craft shows, naturally.

In one such session I found a video for a Japanese knot bag. Now, I’ve made a couple before (two years ago, as gifts for the class representative moms).

Reversible Japanese knot bags

Reversible Japanese knot bags

These were reversible and monochromatic either side.

This other video I saw, though, was constructed differently, with a harlequin effect and not reversible. (Although I suppose it could be made to be reversible. After all, if the exterior has a visible seam, why can’t the interior be shown?)

Anyhow, the construction interested me, so I decided to try it for the lunch bag.

Because of user error, it took me longer than it ought to have, but in the end it was a fairly simple pattern.

Handy bag by Corinne Bradd

Handy bag by Corinne Bradd

The only problem was, this (the larger size) was just big enough to fit the tiffin box and not much space left over for anything else.

I enjoyed trying out the construction though.

Japanese knot bag

Inside of Japanese knot bag

If you’d like to try it out, here’s the video (the templates are free from the Sew Mag website after registration).

I could have increased the template size to try and fit more in, but I went back to browsing other lunch bag patterns on Pinterest. Isn’t that what everyone does approaching midnight on the day before you need something?

The concept of the drawstring top bucket bag is fairly common and there are several versions freely available online. In fact, I’ve made one or two of those too!

But for some reason I don’t remember this one that I found on one late night browse. It’s a pattern+tutorial by Craft Passion. It’s simple and straightforward and easily customisable. I liked how she dealt with the exterior bottom in particular.

Interesting way of boxing the bottom of a bag

Boxed bottom bag

I also had to grit my teeth and cut into some of the cute prints I bought from Aliexpress a few months ago. (I’m all about the prints, excluding flowers. Unless the flowers are more abstract than real.)

It was worth it, though. My toughest point was when doing the final topstitching. I had to give in and put on the walking foot on my machine before I got a decent stitch.

And the best part was that my daughter loved it when she got up in the morning.

Bonus? The tiffin box fits, with plenty of space left over for the probiotic drink and the box of fruit… And the rectangular bottom doesn’t matter. I call that a win-win. (The handles are actually both the same size, it’s my poor photography that makes them look as though they were mismatched.)

What made my day though, was that my daughter came back and told me her first day of class 3 was amazing. The lunch bag played a small part, too, I think 🙂

Ha!

So I saw some dumpling pouches somewhere recently. And I felt the irresistible urge to make one again.

I’d made this (a couple of them, I rarely make things singly) a while ago, using the same tutorial. I think I either made the smaller version that time, or I printed the template out at less than 100%. This time something seemed off so I compared the printout to the screen and reprinted at 100%.

The pattern/tutorial

The pattern (tutorial) is fairly straightforward, although one or two things could have been clearer. Also, you have raw exposed seams inside which need the extra step of covering with binding. The zipper is fiddly, being curved.Still, the finished pouch is cute enough that you feel like forgiving it all its idiosyncrasies.

My materials

The exterior is rexine (faux leather) that I bought at my daughter’s insistence. She’s currently on a break after her school year finished and is filling time sewing and doing sundry crafts. She wanted to sew with this. I think for now the indoctrination in stash building is working well 😉 Also, I was very happy with the customer service from the store (Fagnia Impex at Nagpada). That’s where I go for my bag hardware and faux materials.

I know the tassel is a little off, but I wanted to draw attention away from the workaday zipper. I’m yet to find a good local source for jazzy zippers… I’ve only found metal zippers by the yard or so-so plastic zippers. So I make do, although I also have some “fancy” zippers I’ve got through Aliexpress.

I suspect buying finite zippers and chopping them down may not be very sound cost-wise but well. Needs must.

I’m happy I went with the contrasting colour for this zip, although I looked at a yellow one as well.

I borrowed these cosmetics from my daughter, since I have none of my own. I think the nail paints are half size.

And ideas for future projects

Which leads to the thought that perhaps I can enlarge the template and make larger pouches. I could then use my metal zippers which would look jarring on this petite size. And have a go at decimating my rexine stash.

Does that sound like a plan to you?

With summer upon us in Mumbai, weaving is suddenly a smidgen less appealing, except that it’s more portable.

One more photograph before I go, because this is so cute despite the iffy topstitching. Do forgive the poor lighting.

I was playing around with a scheduling app a few days ago, inspired by a weeklong spring clean by Makelight. I’m sorry to report I didn’t finish following up on that but maybe at some point I will.

Those of you who read my blog by visiting it might notice a strangeness. I tried to redo the theme and in the process I lost some settings 😟

Then there was the experiment to set up a payment mode for my products, right here rather than on any e-retail platforms. I added a PayPal button to the green scarf I wove a few weeks ago. I’m not sure if it’s working though.

So why have my experiments flopped?

1. Scheduling flopped because I didn’t build up enough content for scheduling to make sense. I’m finding it difficult to write a couple of blog posts a week and only manage to post Instagram pics because they don’t require much content.

2. Changing themes wasn’t a success because I know just enough WordPress to deconstruct and not enough to build (a little knowledge. And so on).

3. Payment may have sunk because a. I didn’t actually publicise it besides asking one friend to check it out and/or b. I’m not sure I did it correctly.

So now what’s next for this lab of mine?

  • Should I admit defeat and give up this online selling attempt and stick to word of mouth?
  • Should I give in and hire an expert (the consequent question would be, is the expense justified at this stage of my craft business or will it ever be?)
  • Just keep on keeping on and hope somehow I manage to whip myself and my online presence into shape with no outside help?

One thing that I do seem to be able to do is make stuff.

Now to find a way to keep these things moving on so I can make some more.

I have a thing for bags and purses and wallets. I don’t know why.

Some people like shoes. Me, I love bags. When I enter a shoe shop, I gravitate almost involuntarily towards the bag section (yes, we have bags in the shoe shops, even if leather is no longer the major raw material used for either bags or shoes). My husband can spend hours looking for that perfect footwear, but I have very specific shoe requirements (flat or no heels, sandals and open toe and not slippers and not closed shoes, no bling and preferably brown or black. Fussy? Me? Nah!). Plus my feet are small. Which makes finding shoes to fit and suit can be difficult and I usually end up buying the same brand and same sort. Which also means I can reject whole walls full of displays at a glance.

Whatever the reason, I am not a shoe person.

Bags, on the other hand…

You look at a bag and you think of the possibilities for each of the compartments! The pockets, the opportunities!

I don’t have a room filled with bags, but I do have about 6 or 7 of them, which is weird because I hate to change bags when I go out. I’m afraid that I will leave something vital in the one I changed from that I will need and not have.

One solution, of course, would be to buy one of those bag organisers (or make one).

A dear friend once sent me one. I even used it for a while. And still have it. But no longer use it.

Oh, the possibilities!

When I talk about the possibilities of the compartments of the bag, I am not being totally honest. Because, as with shoes, I like my bags to be of a kind, too. I don’t like those bags that are divided at the top with more than one zip. (There must be One Zip to Rule Them All). Or ones with zips for pockets on the outside that go from top to bottom (won’t things fall out?)

Then I look at backpacks/rucksacks and wonder at all the jangly bits of hardware that seem to hang off them, serving no useful purpose that I can see in the usual urban commuting milieu where they (the backpacks I see) abound.

Plus I have this strange problem, where, no matter what, one strap of the handbag always slides off my shoulder. Likely because I’m round shouldered. Surely there can’t be a universal conspiracy to ensure that straps are never the same length.

Wallets as well

Anyhow. All of this is a long lead-up to showcase one of the patterns for a bag-like thing I love. A wallet pattern by Carla Peicheff of Carla’s Creations, called the Slimline Wallet.

I made several, in batches and singly.

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Range of accent colours

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A set of six

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Slimline cork wallets

These are all in cork, of course.

A new material

Cork is exciting, because it’s different. On the international scene, it seems to be a very popular material. But it doesn’t seem to have percolated to India. Not our thing? Rexine rules here still.

Over the past few months, I’ve bought different sorts of alternates to cloth, such as the aforementioned rexine (which I discovered is a brand name that is now applied to many kinds of faux leather-y types of fabrics in India). Printed materials, textured ones. Thick ones, thin ones. Floppy ones, stiff ones.

They aren’t all easy to sew with, and while they have body, they don’t have structure (the product is substantial, yet may not stand up on its own).

I find the cork I used to be very easy to sew on and through. It doesn’t stick to the presser foot and the needle passes through smoothly.

What makes this pattern special, though, is that your exterior, showcase material is only sewn with right at the end. Which means that for special fabrics (?) like cork or faux leather, the pain only comes at the end. Besides, since this has a slim profile, you aren’t actually sewing through so many layers, either. You don’t have to fight your machine with every stitch.

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Cool fresh green

This wallet fits up to 12-15 cards and currency notes, and has two slip pockets. It closes with a magnetic closure and the coin pocket shuts with a zipper. I can’t fit my iPhone 7 into one of the slip pockets and the wallet still retains a slim profile. The photo on the right below shows the wallet closed with the iPhone in place.

And I can’t tell you how much I love the feel of it in my hand. It doesn’t hurt my hand to carry this slim thing.

Easy to modify

The pattern is easy to modify, as well. Someone wanted the flap to extend over the full width, so I modified it accordingly, and used only one snap instead of two. I think this red print and the off-white canvas combination is gorgeous, don’t you?

(Unfortunately, the lady decided she didn’t like the red, so I still have this in stock for some lucky owner to claim it.)

I could uploads tons more pictures, and just looking at these makes me want to go off and cut out several more, but work, alas, calls. No bread and butter for me otherwise!

Do you have a favourite bag/purse/wallet pattern? Why do you love it? Even if you don’t make your own, perhaps there’s a design you like? Show me!

I’m easily bored and need to be entertained, like a child. New techniques, therefore, draw me in like moths to a flame.

The most recent one I learnt is this one, for making chenille fabric. I had seen this earlier as well, but Debbie Shore released a video a few weeks ago that brought it back to my notice.

You choose several layers of fabric, sew them together at close intervals, and then snip through all but the bottom layer, between the lines of sewing.

Chenille fabric

With the natural tendency of the fabric to fray, this is how the final piece of fabric looks.

Cut chenille fabric

Then this goes into the wash to help in further deconstruction.

And there you have it! “Chenille” fabric.

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Luckily for me, Debbie had a project to go with the technique, so I didn’t just produce a museum piece (which I have been known to do; these are termed “WIPs” or “UFOs”).

It took me a while, but I sewed this up into a proper pouch.

With a lining and all, too.

Tips for effectively sewing interesting chenille fabric:

  • Choose fabrics that have enough contrast so that the layers that peek through are distinct from each other. Of course, you might choose the same colours if you’re looking for that low volume effect.
  • This is a great way to use up scraps of fabric that you don’t like the print or colours of, because only a hint of those things is finally visible
  • No need for further batting; there is enough bulk in the final chenille fabric to give you padding. This makes it an interesting technique to make baby quilts with. Then you’d only have to bind the edges.
  • If you can get long narrow bladed scissors to snip through the layers, it reduces the tedium, although there is also a special tool available (Clover calls it the Slash Cutter and Olfa has one too).
  • Patience. You need patience to sew the lines and patience to cut between them carefully. It can be tiring for your wrists and hands. I’m sure the tools I mentioned above will help with that.

So that’s a new sewing technique under my belt, thanks to Debbie Shore’s YouTube videos.

Do let me know if you also try out sewing your own chenille fabric.

This is the Live video from Facebook that I posted from a fair I had a stall at a few days ago. Don’t mind the soundtrack; I’m still not comfortable putting my voice out there.

I’ve done a mini stall and a ‘proper’ stall in the time since I last posted here. This video shows the full one. Full in the sense of having two tables to display on, as well as being there almost the entire day until forced out by rain.

Overall it was a positive experience. Custom began slowly but picked up as the weather cooled, the fault probably lying also in it being a working day of the week. I didn’t have any people giving me wild unsolicited advice about my products (“Why don’t you join up two triangle shawls to make a poncho?”) Plus most were appreciative of the work and that I had done it myself. Although there was one lady who insisted I must have given it out to people to do…

I think maybe now I have an idea of what might sell. My problem, if you can call it that, is that I find too many patterns I want to make. When I  made up my inventory on the night before the stall I discovered I had over 25 different kinds of things on the list. Which is likely not a good thing. I feel I should find a few universally appealing styles/patterns and make more of those, rather than dipping my toe into every pattern class.

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Warp watching me tot up my stock and wishing I would get to bed for snuggles

I have another stall coming up in the same place and I’m thinking I should het my ducks in a line.
1. Batik sells
2. Sling bags sell
3. Batik sling bags will sell
4. Zipper pouches in attractive prints
5. Possibly do a batch of water bottle carriers? I hadn’t any stock of those last time
6. Try yoga mat straps? (On second thoughts, no, unless I can find a pattern which isn’t as hardware-heavy as this one. I don’t think I should be running around to buy new technology in the short term. It is an idea to explore, though.)
7. Weave!!! Stoles in ombre colours. (About which, more next time.)

I did begin a new weaving project, wanting to have more of my weaving available for the upcoming exhibition, but it hasn’t quite taken off yet. The sewing bug is still strong.

Warp on loom

I had the whole day off on Saturday but nothing got done craft wise. Today I’m hoping to conquer a new fabric, some cork (real or synthetic? I’m not sure how to tell the difference) and make some slimline wallets in an assembly line. I’ve made a few before, and theoretically it’s possible to finish them between now and bedtime.

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Batik and printed cotton interiors

As always, though, when confronted by the options to choose from for a complex project that needs several fabrics to be chosen, I’m paralysed in terror. The cork was easy to cut, and so far I’ve managed to choose the interiors for the set.

I’d better get a move on, before the precious weekend ends and the madness that is the working week begins. Wish me concentration and efficiency!

Sometimes I call it an excuse, sometimes it’s a whip.

Despite the angst I put myself through, I find I always have a better record of actually finishing stuff if there’s a looming deadline. This could be

  • an impending visitor (traditionally a woman guest is always bestowed a gift with fruit and kumkum on her forehead, but that’s too traditional, and yet I still feel compelled not to let her go away empty handed)
  • a trip where I will stay at someone’s house (well, naturally you take a hostess gift if you’re imposing on their hospitality)
  • meet a friend (because the pleasure of my company is never enough)
  • a child’s birthday (I’m too lazy or preoccupied to go out and buy the unexciting gift, all those standard games and my daughter thinks if I buy books for her friends it’s too boring)
  • an upcoming event (although that’s only happened twice so far)
  • an actual order

So today the school is celebrating Teachers’ Day, and naturally I felt I had to make something for my daughter to carry for her teachers. I thought of zipper pouches and actually cut out some fabric, but then dialled it down to more reasonable bookmarks.

Bookmark in book

Mark the spot

I had the ideal fabric, which I bought as a set of 30 50 cm x 5 cm precuts from Amazon.in (trying out affiliate links for the first time) (from China, I believe). Prints I wouldn’t normally buy, and the fabric isn’t very dense, but it turned out to be ideal for this project.

  • I interfaced the strips with non-woven interfacing,
  • folded each 50 cm (~19.5″) strip in half length-wise, right sides together
  • sewed up about a 1/4″ seam on the two long sides
  • turned each tube right side out
  • turned in the top opening by about 14″
  • inserted my label folded in half
  • topstitched the whole thing around, thus sewing the opening closed

I managed to find 14 unique prints in the lot, so each teacher gets a different bookmark. Yay! Turning the tubes right side out took up most of my time, plus since I ironed on the interfacing all at once and chained the seaming, those parts went quickly.

And hey, presto, not too long after midnight, I had my Teachers’ Day gifts all done and ready to gift.

I’m still trying out my light box skills, so please excuse the lighting.

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