Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Progress for me and a tutorial for you

It's so nice to be able to use my arm again. I went to the hospital on Friday with DH who has been a great help all along. My slingy thing is off and I was told to use my arm a bit. I can now type with 2 hands, and knit and sew. All is not perfect yet and I can't do some movements going up or on the side with my arm, but I'm more mobile.

So here is a little tutorial I made earlier for a little purse, or to wrap a small present in. You can see Christmas coming around the corner, better start on some projects. Benta from Slikstitches asked for a tutorial a long time ago when I made my first one,

 First you need 2 squares of fabric. You decide on the size, mine was 9 1/2 " because that's the size of my ruler. The finished pouch is just under 4 1/2" square.
Sew right sides together 1/4" all the way around leaving an opening in the middle of one side, for turning.

 Trim the corners, and turn right side out. Poke the corners out. Slip stitch the opening closed.

 You get this nice reversible square.

 Fold in 2 along one diagonal.

 Then fold the top corners again, on both sides. The photo is the best way to explain this.

  Sew a litlle chanel along the fold, enough to pass a ribbon through.

Now draw a vertical line (in blue but not very visible on the photo) starting from the corner of the fold, in cream for me, going down to the central fold. Sew on these 2 lines, one on each side, to form a square pouch in the middle. This line of sewing will be hidden by the next step.

 Now my seam on the left is in the fold. Do the same on the other side.

 Secure the folded fabric and you are nearly done.

The last step is to put 2 pieces of ribbon through the little chanel we made. One starting on each side. And then pull to close.
It's an easy project, you need just a little bit of hand sewing.

Meanwhile our move to the new house is planned for the 2nd of December. That date will come quickly now. I will try to do some sewing , as I can't lift things,  and show you my projects.

Enjoy your time sewing.



QuiltandPatch said...

Lovely little purse Pascale,glad your arm is getting better and that the house move is going ahead. love Liz x
p.s. Did you hear I have been invited to the House of Commons on 23rd November as they have a display of pennants there for a week!

Plum Cox said...

Lovely tute, Pascale, thanks for reminding me about these bags. I haven't made any for years, but perhaps I should!
Pleased to hear that you are able to move your arm about a bit now. It must make life much easier, even if you can't help prepare stuff for the move!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Just happened upon your blog while surfing the net. Have enjoyed your textile projects. Especially liked your cat cards--really fun! Hope your arm gets better.
best from Tunisia,

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Yay for the move, so glad you found a house, and still had your buyer. Thanks for the tutorial, I have added it on Pinterest for when I have time to try!