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Discovery Day Sewing — Adding a Carry Strap/Handle to Glamsy

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Glamsy vinyl mesh Spa Bag with Carry Strap

On Thursday last week (9/24/17), I did some Discovery Day Sewing. I wanted to add a carry handle/strap to the Glamsy Spa Gift Bag (pictured here). She’s  for my brand new StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.

 

I filled Glamsy with delightful bath/spa items chosen specifically to pamper and please, including: lavender scented Epsom salt soak, body wash, buff pad, spa eye mask, lip balm, shower brush, lotion and more. I *loved* that she could hold so much so beautifully; but then I decided that I really wanted an attractive and easy way to carry and present her.

 

Sew…I decided on adding a single carry strap as a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. After making this, I do believe the method should not be limited to this project. I think it would be great for adding single or double straps/handles of any desired length to a multitude of different bags types and styles. Why spend a bunch of money on designer pre-made straps or handles when you can easily make your own custom straps?

 

What do you think? Would you like to know how I did it?

 

If I get at least 200 unique and positive responses combined I will make a 1-page, step-by-step tutorial full of pictures and provide it as a FREE PDF in NEXT Sunday’s eNews (10/1/17).

 

My time is super limited, so I need your feedback if you would like me to do this for FREE.
There are four easy ways to let me know:
  1. Make a comment on the pinned post on our SewThankful Inc. Facebook page.
  2. Email me directly.
  3. Follow us on Instagram and like the Glamsy with Straps picture.
  4. Make a comment below, on this blog post.

Swim~Shower~Stuff Bag

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

©Tracy Chapman & SewThankful Inc. May 2009. All Rights Reserved. This pattern/project tutorial is intended for personal use of the home sewer who has their own personal access to this website. At this time, this project is being provided online only for a limited time as a free tutorial.  There is no PDF available for this project.  No part of this pattern/project may be reproduced for any distribution purposes whatsoever–whether by group, entity or individual. The pictures and written instructions are not to be copied for distribution, reproduced for distribution, repackaged for distribution, distributed, circulated, given away or sold in any form or fashion. If you wish to share this project with others, please provide them with a link directly to this page. Permission is granted for individual home sewers/crafters to make and sell small quantities of the sewn/finished project. Each user assumes all risk and liability for use and end result of this project. Tracy L. Chapman & SewThankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project.

Please read all instructions completely before cutting any materials or beginning the project.

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Finished bag – approximate measurements:

Top width – 14″  // Height – 16″  //  Boxed Bottom – 10″ wide x 4″ deep

Materials needed for 2 color bag:

  • Color #1 – 2 strips of vinyl mesh, each 5 1/2″ wide x 36″ long
  • Color #2 – 1 strip of vinyl mesh, 5 1/2″ wide x 36″ long

Materials needed for single color bag:

Additional Materials required to complete BOTH versions:

Step 1 – Piece the Mesh Strips

*If making single color bag, skip to Step 2

Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to piece together your strips, see pictures below – click images for larger pictures:

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Use a .5" seam allowance

finger press seam so that seam allowance will point away from center of bag

Finger press and roll seam flat from front so that seam allowance will point away from center of bag. Hint - a soup can or a firm cylinder of almost anything works great to roll and flatten the seam. I used a roll of decorative string.

Topstitch approximately 1/8" from seam line, making sure seam allowance points away from bag center

Top stitch approximately 1/8" from seam line, make sure seam allowance points away from bag center

Run a 2nd top stitch line parallel to and approximately 1/4" from the first top stitching.

Run a 2nd top stitch line parallel to and approximately 1/4" from the first top stitching.

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Add optional zigzag or other decorative stitch between the top stitching lines -- this provides additional strength to the seams of the center panel and adds visual interest.

Repeat process with the other strip of mesh to form your panel.

Repeat process with the other strip of mesh to form your panel. Trim panel if necessary to measure 15 1/2" x 36"

Step 2 – Mark bag and Apply the Zipper

Helpful hints – refer to the blog tips on using coil zipper

Measure and mark with chalk or other NON-permanent marker 4 1/2″ down from top edge on both sides of the bag, as shown in picture below. NOTE: These marks are where the bag will fold over to form the top edge of the finished bag.  Use this information to determine which direction you prefer your zipper to zip — it’s your bag and the choice is yours.

Determine preferred zipper orientation, pin zipper in place along edge of mesh as shown (right side of zipper facing right side of mesh/bag).

Determine preferred zipper orientation. Pin zipper in place along edge of mesh as shown with approximately 1 1/2" of zipper tape extending beyond the edge of each side of mesh; right side of zipper facing right side of mesh/bag.

If you have one, change your machine presser foot to a zipper foot.  A zipper foot does make it easier but it is NOT necessary to put in a zipper.

Make sure zipper pull is extended past the edge of mesh and out of the way of your presser foot.  Sew first side of zipper on as shown.

Stitch slowly and remove pins as you approach them

Stitch slowly and remove pins as you approach them

Un-pin safety pin from one side of top of zipper, close and leave in place on the other side of zipper.  Carefully slide zipper back open.  Finger press seam allowance toward bag (away from zipper).

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Top stitch approximately 1/4" from edge of zipper seam.

Re-secure safety pin to both sides of zipper tape and carefully pull zipper closed.

Pin other side of zipper to the other edge of vinyl mesh, right sides together.

Align zipper tape with opposite edge of vinyl mesh, stitch as shown.

Align zipper tape with opposite edge of vinyl mesh, stitch as shown removing pins as you approach them.

Un-pin safety pin from one side of top of zipper tape.  Move zipper pull backward, unzipping until you are past the edge of mesh, resting against the safety pin at the bottom of the zipper.

Finger press seam, pressing seam allowance away from the zipper, toward the bag.

Topstich just like you did on the previous side.

Topstich just like you did on the previous side.

Step 3 – Side Seams

Re-secure safety pin at zipper top.  With bag right sides together (wrong side facing you), close the zipper only 1/2 way across the bag as shown.

Find the chalk marks made previously (on each side, 4 1/2" from the mesh/zipper edge). Make a crease across these marks to form the bag top edge.

Find the chalk marks made previously (on each side, 4 1/2" from the mesh/zipper edge). Make a crease across these marks to form the bag top edge.

Find the chalk marks made previously (5" from the mesh/zipper edge) and crease; flatten all the way down the bag and fold/crease at bottom as shown.

Flatten smoothly all the way down the bag and fold/crease at bottom as shown.

Pin sides of the bag through mesh and zipper ends to prevent slipping or shifting as shown above.

With bag inside out and pinned at zipper ends in seam allowance, make sure zipper is at least 6″ open. Use 1/2″ seam allowance. Back stitch at beginning and end of seams to secure. Stitch each side of the bag. Use a wide zigzag to finish each side seam and provide additional security.

Carefully clip corners (do not clip any stitching). Trim off ends of zipper tape.

Carefully clip corners (do not clip any stitching). Trim off ends of zipper tape.

Step 4 – Box Bottom

Pinch and press side seam into bottom crease until they line up perfectly.  Flatten down as shown below.

Mark a line 2" from the point of the side seam.

Mark a line 2" from the point of the side seam.

Pin to secure.  Repeat on other side/bottom of bag.

Both sides of bag bottom marked and pinned.

Both sides of bag bottom marked and pinned.

Backstitch to secure at beginning and ending — stitch across each marked line.

Trim corners off to form 1/2″ edge.  Zigzag to finish and secure each seam allowance.

Reach in through zipper, turn bag right side out.  Work corners gently with fingers until they are crisp & sharp looking. Smooth and flatten top of bag.

Step 5 – Set Grommet

Measure to center top of bag, mark center with a straight pin.

Take out one side of the grommet pieces and lay at center top of bag.  Move it to the position you want it.  I like the top edge of the grommet to be about an inch or so from the top edge of the bag.

Once you determine where you want your grommet, mark the center of the grommet with a piece of marking chalk or other marker.

Once you determine where you want your grommet, mark the center of the grommet with a piece of marking chalk or other marker.

Follow grommet package instructions to apply grommet — it’s a SNAP!

Line up template crosshairs with center chalk mark.  Use marking chalk to mark the circle on the template stencil.

Line up template crosshairs with center chalk mark. Use marking chalk to mark the circle on the template stencil.

Using your craft knife and direct downward pressure over a cutting mat, cutt on the marked lines. Remove the cut-outs.

Using your craft knife and downward pressure over a cutting mat, cut on the marked lines -- remember, you are cutting through 2 layers of vinyl mesh. Remove the cut outs.

Test to see if grommet fits by placing raised center grommet piece into hole–you want a snug fit.  If circle is not quite big enough for grommet to fit, trim carefully with craft scissors until you have it just right…you want a snug fit.  The package directions are good, so be sure to keep and follow them.

If circle is not quite big enough for grommet to fit, trim carefully with small kids/craft scissors until you have it just right...you want a snug fit.  Then place grommet front and back and SNAP together firmly with your hand using downward pressure on a hard, flat surface.

Then place grommet front and back and SNAP together firmly with your hand using downward pressure on a hard, flat surface.

Now just snap on your jumbo carabiner and you are DONE!!

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Commercial Apron (blank) Makeover

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. February 2009. All rights reserved.

Click here to download and print the PDF file.

NOTE:  This file requires a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from Adobe.com.  Sorry, SewThankful is not able to provide technical assistance for adobe products.

Click images below to view larger image in a new window.

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Materials required:

  • 1 commercial “bib style” poly/cotton twill apron (no pocket on the bib).
    • I purchase mine commercial apron blanks in 3-packs from our local SAMS Club. At the time of my purchase each 3 pack of aprons was well under $15.00. Check your local SAMS Club for availability.

    Example: http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=191503

  • One piece of 11” x 7” contrasting pocket novelty fabric
  • Coordinating or contrasting thread, as desired
  • Scraps of fabric for whimsical appliqué, if desired
  • Velcro (Sew in or Velcro Fusion), if desired for adjustable neck strap

Instructions:

Press the piece of 11” x 7” novelty fabric so that it is flat and crisp. Fold in half with right sides together so the resulting piece is 5.5” x 7”. Begin at folded edge–using a .25” seam–stitch down one 5.5” side, pivot at the corner and continue stitching approximately 2 – 3 inches. Stop & secure thread, leave approximately 2.5” inch
opening along bottom raw edges, begin stitching again, pivot at corner, stitch up the other 5.5” side as shown below.

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Carefully clip corners & press bottom seam allowance back on both sides as shown below.

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Turn pocket right side out through opening in bottom edge. Gently push out corners, smooth & press flat.

Prepare apron for positioning pocket by folding the bib in half vertically. Match bib side edges and top edge, press center fold to form a positioning (fold) line. Fold & press pocket in half for pocket positioning (fold) line.

Open apron and lay bib flat. Open pocket and match pressed (fold) lines, as shown below. Use the top-stitching line on the apron bib for pocket top edge placement OR if your apron does not have top stitching, measure approximately 2” from bib top edge so that the pocket is centered and aligned across the bib. See image below.

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Top stitch pocket to apron bib. If a pen slot is desired, mark a line 1” parallel to the pocket top stitching line, see below. Stitch pen slot, secure stitching at top and bottom, clip thread tails.

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Make an adjustable neck strap, if desired:

Fold bib and neck strap in half vertically to find center of the neck strap. Cut at center point.

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Fold raw edge of each strap over .5 inch. Use a wide zigzag and satin stitch along raw edge on each strap end to secure well.

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Place and apply Velcro to ends of the neck strap—be careful to turn one strap so that when the Velcro is applied, the straps simply overlap to attach and do not have to be twisted in order to secure the Velcro.

HINT: Apply the stiff/hard side of the Velcro to the outside of the strap that faces up (or AWAY) from your neck. Apply the soft side of the Velcro on the inside of the strap that will face down (or toward) your neck.

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velcrosecured

Apply a floating appliqué motif if desired.

If your novelty fabric has a large focus shape/image, consider applying a floating appliqué on your apron. Simply cut out the shape. Determine where you want to place your floating image. Apply using your favorite fusible web product; finish edges with satin stitch or zigzag.

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Enjoy your new apron!

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Click here to download and print the PDF file.

Joan Hawley gives TWO more fabulous holiday projects

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Have you read Lazy Girl, Joan Hawley’s blog entry from Monday this week? You really should check it out.  She provides two FABULOUS projects: an ornament and holiday garland.

Click here to check it out.

Free Fabric Ornament Project – 2008

Sunday, December 7th, 2008
2008 Free Ornament Project Samples

2008 Free Ornament Project Samples

These fabric ornaments are fast, easy and cute as can be. While they may not be the *most* elegant or ornate ornaments on the tree, they really play nice with others!You probably have everything you need to make a bunch of these beauties.  Use up scraps and dress up your tree; or add a special touch to your gift wrapping this year.

Fabric ornaments are my favorite — they’re soft, colorful and UNBREAKABLE!

NOTE:  This complimentary PDF projects require a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (available for FREE from adobe.com).  Sorry, SewThankful is unable to provide technical assistance for Adobe products.