Monday, November 21, 2011
Really useful for anyone who needs to hold all their credit cards, name cards and whatever cards in one place!
1. Main fabric
2. Lining fabric
3. Medium weight iron-on interfacing
4. Thread and needle and/or sewing machine
6. Scissors (Normal and sewing)
7. Your choice of closure (eg. velcro, buttons etc)
8. Pattern (Download here)
First, print out the pdf pattern with Page Scaling set to none, and cut all the pieces out.
Place each pattern piece on the main fabric and trace the pattern pieces onto the fabric, marking all the dashed and dotted lines. Next, draw out a 1 cm seam allowance around all the pieces.
Cut out all the pieces with the 1cm seam allowance. Do the same for the lining fabric.
Then, trace out pattern piece A and pattern piece B on the interfacing and cut them out WITHOUT any seam allowances.
Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the main fabric pieces, making sure the dashed line and dotted line match up for piece A.
Next, we need to sew the lining pieces to the main fabric pieces for B and C. Place the right sides of lining piece B and main fabric piece B together and pin along the traced top. Do the same for lining piece C and main fabric piece C.
Hand-sew (with backstitch) or machine sew along the pinned line for B and C respectively. Fold each seam allowance down to the sides and press flat.
Then, fold each sewn piece in half, wrong sides together and press, making sure the seam is at the fold.
If you are using a sewing machine, I suggest top-stitching near the fold.
If you want to sew any label to the lining piece A, now is the time to do so:
Next, we are going to stack all the pieces together like so:
in this order from bottom up:
a) Lining piece A, RIGHT side facing up
b) Sewn piece B, main fabric facing up
c) Sewn piece C, main fabric facing up
d) Main fabric piece A, WRONG side facing up,
making sure the top of B is align with the top (dashed) line markings on A; and top of C is align with the bottom (dotted) line markings on A. Pin all of them together.
Sew along the traced edge marking on A leaving about 1.5 inch opening at the top. Trim down the seam allowance to about 0.5 cm, but keep the seam allowance at the opening as 1cm.
Tip: Use the edge of the interfacing for A as a guide when sewing.
Turn the piece right side out through the top opening carefully.
You'll get something like this (you can see the holder taking shape):
Iron both sides of the top flap to remove any creases and recreate the seam fold at the opening. Using blind stitches, sew the opening closed. I'd suggest pressing the holder to give it a more polished and professional look.
The holder's almost done and all that needs to be done is to add a closure. For me, I've sewn on 13mm plastic press studs.
I've also glued on a piece of lace to the top of the flap to finish the look. =)