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Please read all instructions completely before cutting any materials or beginning the project.
Finished bag – approximate measurements:
Top width – 14″ // Height – 16″ // Boxed Bottom – 10″ wide x 4″ deep
Materials needed for 2 color bag:
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 4 – Box Bottom
Pinch and press side seam into bottom crease until they line up perfectly. Flatten down as shown below.
Pin to secure. Repeat on other side/bottom of bag.
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.
Follow grommet package instructions to apply grommet — it’s a SNAP!
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.
Now just snap on your jumbo carabiner and you are DONE!!
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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.
Carefully clip corners & press bottom seam allowance back on both sides as shown below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy your new apron!
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.
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!
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