Sewing: How to Make your Own Clasp Coin Purse Pattern

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Hello! Everyone! Welcome to my another post on “How to Make your Own Clasp Coin Purse” Before you move on to cut out the fabric, you will have to make your own pattern for this. Because the clasp which is the frame, come in different sizes. But if you buy those pattern kit that comes with the material inside, usually they will include the pattern piece. As for this I watch from some of the videos tutorial and I’ve try to make one of my pattern, so I goanna share with you how to do it !

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First you goanna take your clasp frame, trace the arc on a piece of paper. Just trace it carefully and you will get a nice one.

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Then adjust a bit to make it easier for yourself to see the arc shape. From the bottom of each side, measure a 1cm down.

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And also the diagonally 1cm for both side. As you can see the top there is a hole, mark out a vertically stroke, so that later you need to cut it.

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Slowly draw out the bottom arc shape and make a connection arc to each other. Next, from the top marking draw one line down.

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Once is balance, cut out the whole shape and you have your pattern piece. Label it so that next time if you want to make again, you will know what size.

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HAPPY SEWING!

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Sewing: How to Sew a Coin Purse with Clasp

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So here I goanna show you how to sew a coin purse with clasp frame, just follow step by step!

In the previous post, I show you how to make your own pattern for this coin purse project. So after you make your pattern piece, let make a coin purse!

Materials:

  • Fabric glue/White glue
  • Plier
  • Stick/Chopstick
  • Clasp frame
  • Paper cord
  • Fabric of your choice (outer piece)
  • lining fabric (inner piece)

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Using your pattern, cut out 2 piece inner and outer fabric.

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Align your outer piece right side facing each other.

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Step 3 :

Same to the inner piece, sew round the bottom arc shape.

*If you are using plain fabric for the inner piece, decide which side you wan to be the outside or can use any side.

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Step 4 :

After done with sewing, turn over both pieces.

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Step 5:

Slot in the inner piece, pin it in place sew and leave a hole on the top to turn over later on.

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Turn over and adjust the corner nicely. Top stitch the hole. You can use by hand or by machine. By hand will be nicer but this will be cover by the clasp so it won’t be seen.

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Next we goanna attach the clasp to the fabric.

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Step 7 :

Use the chopstick or stick and add glue to the clasp inner part, spread out the glue. (as picture shown)

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Step 8 :

This part is quite challenging. Once you have your glue in, attach the clasp to the fabric. You have to adjust it until it stick to the glue, than use the small piece of paper cord to slot it in.

Use a plier to clip the clasp gently, to make it tight so that it can clip on the fabric.

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I’m using this paper cord, it comes in a roll. You can also try look out for packet or small portion in your local crafts store. They also comes in different thickness. Do check out for the size. If you are doing small coin purse, get the thinner ones.

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So here is how to sew a coin purse with clasp frame. Hope this post helps you in your project, but if you cannot get it or understand, don’t worry.. I will do up a tutorial video soon and will guide you thru step by step. Stay tune for my update on my YouTube channel!

HAPPY SEWING!

Paint Brush Hairs and Bristles

Paint Brush Hairs and Bristles

After knowing your paintbrushes, this is another part that needs to know about Brush Hair and Bristles.

Paint brushes are either made from natural hairs or synthetic hairs. They are soft and stiff. For soft brushes are good for thin paint which helps spread easily on watercolour paint, as well as detailed work. As for Stiff, hard brushes are used in the thick paint when using a certain technique in oil painting.

Nature hair or a Synthetic hair better?

Synthetic hair are man-made of either nylon or polyester works very well with acrylic paint, but can be damaged for natural hair brushes and a large painting.

However, brushes for acrylics can be used for oil and watercolour painting. Natural hair brushes for acrylics unless you are willing to replace it often cause it may ruin natural fibres quickly when you keep your brush in the water with the chemicals when painting with acrylics.

The synthetic hair brush is cheaper than Natural hair brushes. A good synthetic brush is rugged, can maintain the shape well and easy to be clean.

I would recommend synthetic hair brush but at the end of the day is still up to you to choose and decide what brush suites you well for your artwork.

Note: Cheap brush may not works well and your painting might not turn out perfect.

Natural Hairs Paintbrush

  • Sable

Sable has an ultimate soft brush which is made from the hairs on the tail of a sable. Sable brush can be pricey, but they are quite stable to use for flexibility and a fine point. As for Kolinsky Sable, they are from Siberia that has a tradition which considered as best hair for watercolour brushes, good for painting fine details and very thin paint.

  • Squirrel

Squirrel hair brush is soft with little spring. But larger squirrel brushes work better cause they have support from the hairs and also cheaper than Sable.

  • Hog/bristle

These brushes are best for oil painting. They can be used for both oils and acrylics. As you paint after a while, they will become softer. The hard brush hair is made from the back of a hog, which will give you strong yet springy hair. They are good for holding a large amount of paint.

  • Ox

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Ox brushes are strong and springy hair. Mostly used in flat shaped brushes.

  • Pony

Pony hair brushes don’t work well as they don’t form a good point compared to goat ones. Can be found in watercolour brushes.

  • Goat

They form a good point, but its lacks of spring. Usually used in calligraphy and Chinese brush painting.

So, hope this guide helps you to understand what is Brush Bristle and Hairs.

HAPPY PAINTING!

5 Painting Essential Kit You Need for Painting Beginner

As a beginner for painting, the most frustrated thing to think of is what kind of brush should I get? Or how should I start with? Where to get the material with Budget price?

Let’s me share with you what I’ve experience.

Sometimes beginners may not know how does painting work or how to start . Especially for self learner. As for me I self learn drawing for myself as I love drawing and arts since I young. But now I’m moving on to painting. Just because I’ve interest in it and I want to try out myself.

What I did was:

– I watch thru video tutorials from other people first. Get to know what painting like, and understand how it works before getting materials. Because it’s Goanna be pricey for some material and if you don’t know what material you need , you goanna put a waste to it.

– You can also borrow books from library, or get online courses if you are not confident yet. Cause I myself also don’t have much confident too. It takes time to learn to get use to it. Feel free to go for classes, it really up to you. To me I just prefer to learn myself. ^^

So now you know some of my tips, let’s move on to the materials that you need to get for beginner painting! Here are the 5 essential kit needed for a painting beginner.

Sketch Pad

Sketch Pad is the first thing that I would buy, as for beginner you need to learn and get use to paint and practice on draft paper first before you move to actual painting on canvas. So get your own drawing block, draft and practice your skills first before you spend more money on the actual material.

Watercolour paint

For beginner, I would suggest to learn from watercolour paint if you just started. Cause I feel for watercolour is quite easy to learn and paint. I mean to me, this is one of the basic that we need to learn and understand before we move on to another step. But of cause the most basic step is to learn how to draw with pencil first. That is the very beginner step of an artist. If you know how to draw, everything shouldn’t be a problem. Just have to go with the basic step to start of with. If you feel comfortable with drawing, next step you can move on with painting with watercolour.

Watercolour are quite expensive if you are looking at brand. But normal like for 12 or 16 colours, but for 24 or 36 colours will be slightly expensive.

Paint palette

This is another tool that you need to have if you want to learn painting of cause. Some paint set come with a palette, so you don’t have to get another one. But palette are quite affordable. You can choose to get a separate one if you want too. This is optional to get if you are good to go with the set one, would be good to use for practice.

Easel

Easel have a few types like table easel or the Normal with stand. As for me I would prefer to get a table easel for starting and if you are really into painting, would be a good choice. Is affordable and I think is worth as a beginner painter. For the Normal ones, will be very pricey and usually people can’t afford it. But is okay to stick with the table ones. You can just save up the money and get one anytime once you get use to it.

Usually the easel are made of wood, I would recommend to get the wooden ones cause I find it more stable? And now there are also metal ones. which is more cheaper but I guess is still worth the buy.

Brushes

Brushes comes in lots of  different shapes and sizes. If you want to know more about brushes before you proceed your purchase, check out my post on “Understanding your Tools : Paint brush“.

Brushes will depends on how you want to do your art work, large or small painting. As for beginner I would suggest to get few sizes or you can go with what suites you best. Round pointed brushes is best, around size 3, medium 5-6, and large size 12.

I would recommend to get better quality ones, cause the cheaper ones not really good to use and the hair will keep drop off after using awhile. Sometimes, they do sell those with one set one at those small stationery shops, especially when they keep it for long time and the brush is like are quite bad quality.

You can get those that have sample and touchable ones. So that you can feel the brush and know what size you need.

Hope this post helps you get your right tools for beginner painting! This guide is base on what I experience, and I would like to share with all the beginner art lovers. Share with me yours too! ^^

HAPPY PAINTING!

Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brushes

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Once you learn painting, Paint brush is like your life tool. As you paint, you will slowly understand how the brush do the job for you and you will get familiar with the way the brushes handle the paint. This post will help you to understand and get the right paintbrush for your project!

Paintbrush comes in different sizes and shapes. What makes me bothering is Watercolours and Acrylic Paintbrush is it the same and can it be use for both?

Let me tell you what I know. I actually found out that the local Arts store do sell brushes that can be use for both Watercolours and Acrylic. So! It’s kind of convenient! Are you thinking what I’m thinking now? It’s good thou, cause you don’t have to get too many brushes! Just check the description on the package before you purchase anything! Ha Ha!

First, let’s learn more about brushes! Paintbrush makes you headache when choosing them cause they comes in really a lot of sizes and shapes which I don’t even know which to get.

So here is a guide on Understanding your Painting Tool: Paint Brush. Especially for beginner, It’s really kind of confusing while choosing the tools, There are too many types of brushes out there.

So, I did some research before I bought any of the tools. Let’s get to it:

Shape 

There are 8 main shape for Acrylic, oils and watercolours. Each works on different techniques and level for painting.

RoundRound pointed tip.

Use for: Good for sketching, outlining and detailed work. Ccontrolled washes, filling in small areas. Also create thin and thick lines. The tip become wider when you pressed down using thinned paint better than thick paint.

Pointed Round –  It has a round Sharp pointed tip.

Use for: Helps to create thick and thin lines on your artwork. Fill in areas of a painting, small and tight spaces and also adding detail to painting.

Flat – This is flat, have a square end.

Use for: Can be use for bold strokes, washes, also filling wide spaces. The edges can use it to create fine lines and stripes. *Recommended for Beginner.

Bright – is flat with curved edge inward tip. It’s hairs is short.

Use for: Good for working up close work. Works well with strokes, thick lines.

Filbert – has a flat and oval shape end.

Use for: For blending, touch up on rounded edges.

Angular Flathas a angled flat end.

Use for: curved strokes, filling corners and also small areas. Uses similar to flat brush.

FanThis brush looks like a fan shape, Spread hairs.

Use for: good for feathering, leaves on trees. If you are using it for Acrylic painting, I suggest to use strong ones, to prevent the hairs clumped when paint.

Detail Round The hairs and handle are short and round.

Use for: Details and short strokes of cause.

Understanding your paintbrush

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Sizes

Paint brush also come in different sizes, sometimes is kind of confusing to choose which size to get. Cause there are really too many! From 0 to size 24. Usually beginner can start off with mid size which is 6 to 8. Then slowly once you get used to it, you can move on to other sizes you need according to your painting style.

As for my own suggestion, I will recommend to get 3 type of brush first. Flat, Round Pointed and Detail. For the size can get a 3, 6, & 12 for Round Pointed. I feel this is the most basic brush size to get for starting. It’s also depends on which size you prefer, and what project you are doing, just do what works for you well.

So, hope this guide will help you on finding your tools for your painting. Feel free to share with me your idea ^^.

HAPPY PAINTING!

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Pop Up Pouch

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Here is a post on How to Sew a Pop Up pouch. You will find this pouch very familiar cause usually will see it outside, like to store spectacle, or sunglasses pouch? Yup! I guess so! So I decide to make this pouch. It’s seems to be easy and it’s really easy 😉 And it might suitable for beginners who want to make this ^^.

Materials needed:

  • fabrics & lining
  • metal pop up
  • pins and clips

Let’s check out the steps!

Step 1:

Cut 4 fabric pieces, For the size it can be any size which is convenient to you. You can also measure according to your Pop up metal length.

2 for lining size 5 x 7″

2 outer fabric size 5 x 7″

Measure the top of your fabric and lining piece 1/2 inches in both sides. Mark a line for clearer reference.

After measurement, for the lining piece sew down both side together and leave a gap at the bottom for turning. Do a back-stitch for starting and ending. Outer Piece just sew down both side and bottom. It will look as picture shown below. 

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Step 2:

Align both piece from the opening part to each other. Means the top part opening and pin to each other.

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Step 3:

Sew down the area that you pin it. Until you reach the marking line from step 1. Always remember to do a back-stitch for starting and ending part.

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Step 4:

Once you sew, turn it over. Cut out the excess if needed before turn it over. Make sure all the corners are push out nicely and just press using an iron.

Then fold down the top part until the edge. (as picture shown) Pin or clip it in place.

Sew down the side where the opening side are. (refer to the picture below)

I’m using a metal pop up for the pouch to open and close. It will look something like the picture below.

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Step 5:

Once you done, slot in the metal piece to the hole where you sewed.

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There! And you are DONE! At first I thought it would hard to insert the metal piece, but to be honest, is not as hard as I thought! And I made it! You can too! Try it and have some fun making it.

I will do up a tutorial sooner or later! Please do check out my updates! Hope you have fun doing this project! Do leave me some comments or like or share to help me for my post for people out there who are interested in making this pouch! It’s great for a gift to a friend or families.

HAPPY SEWING!

Where to find the Best Crafts Materials

Hello! I’m sharing a post on where to find all sorts of crafts materials! I have been to all this crafts shop and I do love what they have. It’s all more than what you need, from hand crafts to hobby craft like sewing, felting, clay crafts and many more. Best for all the crafts lovers.

I’ve seen around Chinatown area, there have most of the crafts stall likes beads making, sewing and even crochet, knitting. Materials all can be found is those crafts shops.

Golden Dragon (Jing Long)

This is the shop where I came since I was young with my granny. At that time I not really into crafts yet. But I do remember this shop.

They have lots of materials, Knitting, crochet, yarns to fabrics, beads, tools and many more. Also, conduct classes like crochet, knitting class. If you are interested may refer to their websites for info!

Art Friend

This is my favourite stall, they sell more on arts and crafts stuffs, also some tools, like glue, paint, colour pencils, even sell easel. If you are looking more on handicrafts, then this place is good for you to hunt all your stuffs.

Spotlight

This is also my favourite place to hunt my sewing tools. They are the biggest one and only spotlight store in Singapore. From party items to household, garden decorations, home decorations, crafts to fabrics. I always find what i want in here. That’s why i love this place a lot! I think you will too!

Pop by these stores and hunt for your crafts tools and accessories!

HAPPY HUNTING!

Sewing Project : How to Sew a Simple Wallet for Beginner

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Hello! Sorry guys! I was busy figure out how to sew this simple wallet. Here is the guide post on “How to Sew a Simpler Wallet”, with card slots and zip pocket. A friendly and easy project for beginner.

Let’s prepare the material and follow me step by step. ^^

Material:

  • Cotton Fabric or Canvas

For the fabric I choose canvas but of cause you can choose other like cotton but need to add in batting. As for canvas also same, need to add in some batting to make it more firm and steady. Some cotton fabric are very lightweight type, try not to use that kind, other than that should be fine.

  • Zipper

As for zipper I use those YKK brand, just get a size that you want. With matching colours or you can mix and match with what you feel like it. Some with nice pulley, or you can add your own pendant.

I used Batting Iron On ones. This batting that I’m using is quite soft, and if I want to use it to do wallet, I might need to put more than one piece. There are differnt type of Fusible and Batting, if you can pass by any local store, they will have some samples to feel the textures, or can just ask for assistance on which to buy.

A Rotary cutter is somehow easier to cut out fabric in a striaght line, Make sure you get a cutting mat too! These are the tools that helps me, each time i cut my fabric i get frustrated without cutting it striaght. So i do love this cutters.

Is good to have a quilt ruler cause it might be easier to see and measure at the correct size. Then cut with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. Perfect match! 😀

Ok, lets get to work! Lets start.

 Measurement:

Outer Piece: 9 x 4.5″ x2pcs

Inner piece: 9 x 5″ x2pcs (I use both same designs) 

Card slots: 4.5 x 19″

Zip pocket : 4.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc , 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc

Zipper 6/7″ (to be cut off the excess)

Prepare 4 piece of fabric, 2 inner piece with the size 9 x 5″, Outer piece 9 x 4.5″

Let’s name it as 9 x 5″ A & B, 9 x 4.5″ A & B.

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Zip Pockets:

Place your zipper with the zipper head facing up, pointing right side, align the zip pocket piece 3.5 x .3.5″ facing down and pin to the TOP of the zipper.

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Then turn your zipper over which the head will be facing the left and pin it to the TOP of the zipper with 3.5 x 4.5″ piece. Means align both pieces with the 3.5″ sides to the zipper.

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So it will like this , the top will be balance and same alignment.

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Turn it over, bring the longer piece to the back.

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Card Slots:

*Take the Card Slots piece right side face down, fold down 3″ from the top. Turn it over, place a un use card(Do NOT USE CREDIT CARD or Personal card) to the slot as picture shown. Hold the card and fold from bottom  up.

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Place your card on the fabric with a little GAP on TOP, then fold by using your fingertip to hold the card and fold until the TOP of the card but leave a GAP where you can see the card so that you can grab the card.

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Iron and press lightly to make a crease line.  Total you will have 4 pockets with 3 crease line for card slots. (Refer to image below)

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So, it will look something like that.

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Wallet Inner Body:

Take the Outer piece A (9 x 4.5″), align the zip pocket and the card slot and pin it together first before sew.

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Then cut out a piece of betting slightly smaller size, best is to use Iron on betting. Iron on to outer piece B.

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Align and pin it together and sew the sides.

*Do take note of the zipper side, open the zipper slightly a bit cause when you sew it will hit the zipper head if you don’t open the zip.

While sewing, hold the zipper teeth together to have a nice closure.

Do a back-stitch on the zipper part.Cut off the excess zipper.

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Next, Cut a Strap piece with 2 or 2.5 inch wide. Or you can use a bias tape. To sew over top edges of the body piece, to give a nice edge. Fold the piece into half and sew.

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Notes Pocket:

Place of the Inner piece A (9 x 5″) right side facing up (as picture shown below)

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then place B piece right side facing down on top of the outer piece A.

Pin it around the side, leave a gap on the top part of the Notes Pocket.

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Sew all 3 sides and half of the top side with a opening gap. (To turn over later on). I like to leave a bigger gap, cause it will be easier to turn over.

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Once you done, you have completed the project! Do testing by putting some coins or cards in.

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If you want more card slots, you can skip the coins pocket replace with some more card slots. Or if you can DIY other designs like coin pocket at the back of the wallet is also fine.

I will do up a tutorial to help you understand more with this project! Stay tune on my tutorial updates! 🙂

HAPPY SEWING!

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Laptop Zip Case

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Hello! Welcome readers! Was busy doing more and more sewing projects now! Feel so tempted everyday to do up one projects and here it goes! I’ve made a laptop case this time round with a zipper ones. Previously I did a envelope one and I quite like it. Especially its comfy to hold.

There are many fabric type to do sewing, This time I used a quilt fabric. Which is better for doing big project like laptop case or bags etc. Because needs something that can hold your laptop well so that it wont spoil your laptop when you bring out.

I found out there is also nice quilt fabric which I just realise. Quilt Fabric looks something like this. They are more on doing Patchwork crafts, Comes with a batting with it so it looks more thick.

I feel this is even better, but there are only few designs out there. So you can just hunt for it in your local fabrics store.

I goanna show you how I sew a laptop case with zip.

It’s very similar to the zip pouch.

Step 1:

Measure your laptop, I’m cutting out one whole piece of fabric and fold to half so that the bottom is seal leave with the side opening. (The Size of the case is depends on the measurement of your laptop)

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Step 2:

You can align your zipper first to the fabric and see how you want your zip to be. I align my zip until the side, for both side one side shorter one longer so it can hold the laptop.

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Pin it in place to see the overall picture. 

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Once you done with the alignment, Turn the fabric to the wrong side. Start sewing the sides with a zipper foot all the way to the other side.

How do i close the zipper end:

I sew it across at the end. Do a backstitch 1-2 times. 

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Turn it back right side out, it will look like this. 

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And try it on your laptop!

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TADAH! You’re done!

Is easy right ? The zipper should be quite challenging to sew but just have to make sure your alignment is correct that should be fine!

For the zipper i get those in one YardsSELRES_7e6df0b2-596a-4cdc-b27d-4192b94eb37aSELRES_11b59bb6-ad57-4b0c-b3a7-09b81824f7e9SELRES_36ea7fc9-5e80-4790-8df8-36c066df958bSELRES_b2660643-e652-43f3-90df-9528cbc3600e, comes with zipper puller. Some store have to buy seperately, if you are not sure how long you want the zipper, is good to buy in yards, so that you can measure and cut off the excess. They do have a few designs, like with pendants, or those just normal ones.

What i like about the zipper pullers is i can choose the one with nice ring on it, like the one i using for this project i choose a Zipper Ring which is super cute. You can hunt for nice pendants on it. Or if you know the measurement of the zipper, feel free to get those ready ones 12″inches long or even longer.

So hope this tutorial helps you and stay tune for my video tutorial ! will update real soon!

HAPPY SEWING!

 

Zipper Pouch For Sale!

Hello everyone! I’m selling my very first project which I had made it myself. I’m selling different design, zipper pouch. Just some basic ones for the first time!

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The sizes are 8 x 5″, 9 x 5″ some turn out to be small size, but able to store cards and notes too!

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The zipper are all matching colors to the fabrics.

Designs:

  • Houses
  • Pink Fox
  • Socks Kitty (big)
  • Sock Kitty (small)
  • Pink strips
  • Pink Deer

Price: $10/each

Do check out if you’re interested do PM Me or comment below! or can just head to my Carousell to chat and buy!

HAPPY SHOPPING!