My youngest turned 6 in August. Yes. Six!!! In lieu of a big themed party, my daughter wanted to ride a horse for her birthday. It was a tall order for Mr. Ricochet and me, but we pulled it off. Our not-so-little girl got her birthday wish granted and just look how thrilled she was:
As a thank you to my horse-owner-friend, the kids wrote notes and decorated cards, while I sewed a pretty pink pouch. You can barely see her in the photo above, but it's clear my horse-owner-friend likes the color pink. So I found a pink gingham and a coordinating home decor canvas print to make a little zippered pouch. Here's the tutorial:
(Keep in mind that I sew in a basement with virtually no natural light.
So most of tutorial photos are not even close to portraying the true colors of the fabrics.)
I'm hosting The Fab Fold Sewing Challenge this month (9/12) so I have pleats, pin-tucks, and smocking on the brain. I decided to add a row of canadian smocking to the gingham as a fun detail.
The photos above show how it looks on the front and back post-smocking. I think it looks a little like french braided hair. But with the gingham having such a strong pattern of it's own, I think the smocking also looks a bit like a puckered up wrinkle in the fabric. That said, it turned out to be a cool looking pucker-y wrinkle that I decided to stick with. However, next time I'm trying it on a solid colored fabric.
The best tutorial I have found on canadian smocking can be found HERE.
After the smocking, the rectangle of gingham that I started with was obviously no longer a rectangle. I traced that shape and cut out another piece of gingham to use for the other side of the pouch. Then I added a band of the canvas to the bottom edges of the ginghams. When I had both sides complete, I traced those sides on more gingham to make a lining. Then, it was zipper time.
|I squared off the bottom of the bag by lining up the side seams with the bottom seam. |
I pinned the corner, marked and stitched across as show, and then I trimmed off the corners.
I did this to the outer and lining fabrics. Now the bag will sit flat.
|So here it is, all finished and shown from a few different angles.|
I'd love to hear from you, so leave a comment and tell me about what you're working on, what your zipper tips are, or how you celebrate birthdays at your house.
I would also like to invite to join us in The Fab Folds Sewing Challenge during Sept. '12. If you're reading this after September, just check out my challenge page and see what the current challenge is.
Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,