I've been busy making patterns and samples and here's what you could make (if you'd like to join in!)
2-layer handstitched cupcake purses!
Complete with an easy sew-in zip that the most terrified zip-sewer can conquer!
This post has A LOT of photos to guide you through the process, I hope they make the instructions easy to understand ::
To print the pattern simply right click the picture, save to your computer and print. It fits onto one piece of A4 paper.
Cut out :: 2 purse pieces & 1 of each cupcake piece. You'll also need to pick some co-ordinating ribbon, a button and a 4" zip.
On one of the purse pieces stitch the ribbon into position.
Stitch the ribbon to your cupcake piece.
Once your purse is decorated it's time to conquer the zipper!
pin the zip to the decorated layer of your purse.
Carefully lay the two pieces on top of each other insuring the edges are lined up. Pin the two layers together.
Once your purse is all pinned together you need to adjust the pins that are holding your zip in position so they are also pinned through both layers. It's worth taking your time over this, making sure everything is nicely lined up and securly pinned.
the back should look like this.
before starting to sew the zip gently slide the slider back and forth to make sure it slides smoothly.
before passing the needle all the way through turn the purse over to make sure that your underside stitches are the same distance away from the zip. Being patient and taking your time at this step will make or break your purse!
Now you have mastered zips! Hurrah!
Felt is very forgiving and you will be able to manipulate the edges so they are lined up very neatly.
These next photos explain my way of blanket stitching...if you can already blanket stitch you can skip this bit :-)
Pass your needle through the back 2 layers of the purse
push your needle through from the back as close to your thread as possible.
pull the thread through but leave a little loop.
You've just done your first blanket stitch.
...leave a loop, needle through the loop from front to back, pull firmly, next stitch.
the secret to neat blanket stitches (according to little old me) is to keep the horizontal stitch the same length as the vertical stitch. The more you practise judging it by eye the easier it will get...it's also easier if you do a larger blanket stitch (about 5mm)
keep stitching round the curves
...complete with zip !!
The decorations you can use on this purse are un-limited, I made a pink & a blue one and will be making lots more, in all sorts of colours and with all sorts of decorations. I have set up a flick:r group and would love it if you'd all add your purses to it too :-)
Have fun sewing & let me know if the instructions don't make sense!!