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Friday, August 01, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Five

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It’s finally time to complete our tote!! Today, we’ll sew and attach the strap, insert the grommet, and add the button. We are in the home stretch!

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Fold and press both short ends of the strap to the wrong side 1/4”.

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Fold the strap in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press a crease. Open up the strap, then fold each raw edge in toward the center crease. Press well. If you used fusible fleece in the beginning, and it is already attached to your strap, fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges and proceed to the next step. If you are using a loose piece of fleece, unfold your strap and insert the fleece inside in the center of the strap. Fold the strap in half enclosing the raw edges.

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Topstitch around all four sides of the strap.

Install one large grommet on each side panel of the tote following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the top edge of the grommet is at least 1/2” down from the top edge of the tote.

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Insert the end of each strap inside a grommet opening from the outside of the bag. Fold up the strap to the inside and stitch a rectangle shape with an X in the middle to reinforce the strap.

Stitch your large decorative button approximately 1” below the front V of the tote and close your tote with the button loop.

Time to hit the pool or the beach or fill with diapers or wrap as a gift!! Whatever its intended use, your tote is complete. Give yourself a pat on the back! Just be sure to add your photos to our Flickr group or Facebook group by Monday, August 4th to be entered to win the grand prize. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong. We’ll announce the winner next week!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:

Announcement

Supplies

Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Four

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It’s day 4 of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! Today, we will attach the lining to the body of the bag, insert the canvas, and topstitch around the top of the bag. You’ll have the main body of the bag completed!

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Insert the tote’s outer body inside the tote’s lining, right sides together. All the pretty fabric should be to the inside, and only interfacing showing. The button loop should be sandwiched in between the layers. Align all raw edges and side seams. Pin and stitch the lining to the tote body along the top edge

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Reinforce the stitching at the button loop.

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Trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk, and snip close to the V, being careful not to cut through the stitching.

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The paper pattern instructions and the PDF instructions vary slightly at this point, but with the same result. You can either insert the plastic canvas now, which is what I did, or turn the tote right side out, then insert the plastic canvas through the opening. Just make sure the canvas sits under the seam allowance. If the canvas does not sit flat, trim a bit off the short end.

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Here, I’m pulling the canvas and main tote right sides out, but you may choose to reverse these steps as noted above.

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Stitch the opening in the lining closed and tuck the lining down inside the tote.

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Press the top edge of the tote, then topstitch along the entire top edge.

The end is in sight!! Tomorrow’s sewing is pretty light, so we’re almost there!!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:

Announcement

Supplies

Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

We would love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Flickr group or Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Three

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Welcome to Day 3 of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! We’ve already cut and prepped our fabric and completed the inner and outer pockets. Today we’re going to sew the outer tote and lining, square the bottom of the tote pieces, and attach the button loop. Let’s get started! Note: All seam allowances are 1/2” unless noted otherwise.

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Pin the main front & back pieces right sides together, taking care to line up the top of the pockets. I like to put two pins there to make sure they stay in place. Sew along the sides and bottom.

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Pin the lining front and back right sides together. Sew along the sides and bottom, but leave an 8” opening on the bottom of the lining for turning.

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Measure and mark a 3” square in the bottom corners of the lining and main body.

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Cut the square in each bottom corner of the lining and body pieces.

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Flatten out the square opening of the lining so that the side seam meets the bottom seam. The first two pictures above show how I pinned this. To make sure my seams stayed aligned, I pinned on each side of the seam allowance. Stitch the opening closed 1/2” from the edge. Trim the seam allowance as needed. Repeat for the other corner of the lining.

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In the same way, stitch the boxed corners of the main body piece. I reinforced the stitches at the center seam due to the thickness of my layers. Trim the seam allowance as needed. Press the center seam of the tote body open. Turn the tote body right side out, but leave the lining wrong side out. Push the corners out to form nice edges.

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Now we’ll make the button loop. Fold the button loop in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press. Open up and fold each raw edge in toward the center crease and press again.

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Fold in half again, encasing the raw edges. Topstitch along both long sides.

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Position both short ends of the button loop right at the V on the right side of the back of the tote. Baste 1/4” from the top edge.

We are in the home stretch now folks! Only 2 more days, and our bag will be complete. Feel free to pat yourself on the back after today’s hard work!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along here:

Announcement

Supplies

Schedule and Prizes

Day 1

Day 2

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Flickr group or Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day Two

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Welcome to Day 2 of our Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along! Hopefully you’ve completed Day 1 where we cut all the rectangles, stabilized our fabric, and cut the V shapes. Now we finally get to sew! Today we will complete the outer and inner pockets. Note: Use 1/2” seam allowances unless noted otherwise.

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Place the inner pocket pieces right sides together and stitch all around leaving a 2” gap at the bottom long edge for turning. Clip all the corners close to the stitching without cutting the stitches.

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Turn the pocket right side out and press well. Topstitch 1/2” from the top long edge. Your gap for turning should be along the bottom edge.

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Center the pocket on a tote lining piece and stitch 1/8” from the edge on the sides and bottom, leaving the top edge open. This will close the bottom gap. Stitch a vertical line 4” from the left edge of the pocket to divide the pocket in two sections.

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Place one interfaced and one non-interfaced outer pocket pieces right sides together and stitch across one long edge. Repeat for the remaining two pocket pieces.

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Turn right sides out and press. Topstitch 1/2” from the sewn top edge. Repeat for the other pocket pieces. This is the time to add any desired embellishments to the pockets such as ribbons or trims.

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Place one outer pocket on one main tote piece with the pocket’s finished edge at the top and all raw edges aligned. Baste 1/8” from the sides and bottom edges leaving the top open. Repeat for the remaining outer pocket and main tote piece.

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Stitch a vertical line 6.5” from the left and right edges of the main tote piece to divide the outer pocket into three sections. Repeat for the remaining pocket / tote piece. Doesn’t it feel great to see your tote coming together! See you tomorrow for more!

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Sew-Along posts here:

Announcement

Supplies

Schedule & Prizes

Day 1

We’d love to see your progress!! Show us your photos in our Flickr group or Facebook group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #sunandsurfsewalong.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Day One

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It’s finally here!! Day one of our Sun & Surf Tote sew along. Let’s get on our way to completing our tote before the weekend! Hopefully you’ve gathered all of your supplies, and have your fabric washed, dried, and ready to go!

Today, we will tackle cutting our fabric pieces, stabilizing them, and cutting the V.

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There are 21 pieces to cut, but thankfully they are all simple rectangles. I highly recommend using a rotary cutter, clear ruler, and cutting mat for this job. You’ll need to check your pattern for the measurements, but here is the breakdown:

  • Of the main fabric #1, you’ll need 1 front and 1 back
  • Of the coordinating fabric #2, you’ll need 4 outer pockets and 2 inner pockets
  • Of the coordinating fabric #3, you’ll need 1 front lining, 1 back lining, 1 shoulder strap, and 1 button loop
  • Of the heavy-weight stabilizer, you’ll need 1 front and 1 back
  • Of the light-weight stabilizer, you’ll need 1 front, 1 back, 2 outer pockets, and 1 inner pocket
  • Of the fleece, cut 1 piece that is 8”w x 6”h
  • Cut 1 plastic canvas

Sun & Surf Tote Interface

Now, take your lovely stack of rectangles to the ironing board to fuse your stabilizer. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the heavy-weight stabilizer to the main fabric front and back pieces. Fuse the light-weight interfacing to the lining front and back pieces, two of the outer pocket pieces, and one of the inner pocket pieces. As I stated in my supplies post, I am using fusible fleece for my heavy-weight stabilizer. Since I had plenty left, I used the fusible fleece for the shoulder strap padding. If you’d like to do the same, go ahead and fuse the padding to the middle of your shoulder strap. If you are using regular fleece, do not fear, I’ll show you where to insert it later.

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We’ve got one more cut before it’s time to sew. Let’s mark the V shape. First, locate the center of one lining piece by folding the piece in half matching the short sides. Press a short crease. From that center point, I made my mark 3” down from the top edge. Mark the tops of the V 3” in from each corner along the top edge, and join the marks creating the V. Cut out the triangle.

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After marking and cutting the first lining piece, I layered it with a main fabric piece and used the triangle as a template to cut the main piece. Repeat until you have both main tote pieces and both lining tote pieces cut with the V shape.

Done for today! Tomorrow we’ll get to sew.

See the rest of the Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along posts here:

Announcement

Supplies

Schedule

Be sure to share your progress with us in our Facebook Group and tag your photos with #sunandsurfsewalong on Facebook and Instagram.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nuvango

I'm so excited to tell you that my artwork is now available in this new site called NUVANGO (formerly GelaSkins) and you can make pretty much anything your heart desires with it! WOOHOO!

Check it out... you can make tough cases and ultra-thin skins for your iPhone (any model... even the super old 3Gs!). Protect and personalize your precious cargo with wrap-around design. Add a free matching wallpaper, too!  (Plus many other cell phone brands: Samsung, LG, Blackberry, Google, Sony, HTC, Motorola, etc.)


You can also outfit your tablet or reader with a wrap-around skin (many models available, not just the ones shown here!)



Is your laptop or gaming console looking a little dated or beat up? No problem.. check this out... so cute!!



If you're looking for other things besides electronic devices, they also do GREETING CARDS, STRETCHED CANVASES and FRAMED ARTWORK!

Do you have a favorite Patty Young design that is not shown in our Nuvango store? Just ask! We can upload any artwork to the site and have it ready for you in minutes!!

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Schedule and Prizes

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Only 5 days and counting until the sew-along begins!! I hope you’ve narrowed down your fabric options and gathered the rest of your materials. If not, you still have time!!

Here’s a breakdown of what’s in store for the week ahead….

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along Schedule

  • Day 1 – Cut the fabric pieces, stabilize the fabric pieces, and Cut the V shape.
  • Day 2 – Sew and attach the inner and outer pockets.
  • Day 3 – Sew outer and lining pieces together, square the bottoms, and sew the button loop
  • Day 4 – Attach the lining, insert the plastic canvas, and topstitch the bag
  • Day 5 – Install the grommets, sew the strap, and attach the button.

We’ll tackle each step and have a bag ready for the weekend!

Not only will you have an amazing bag when we’re done, but you also have a chance to win an awesome prize pack just for participating. This is an awesome bundle with a retail value of $219.39!! One sew-along participant will be selected at random to win.

Let me give you the details of the prize pack….

  • Cotona 50 Premium Quilting Thread Box with 18 variegated threads of assorted colors by Madeira (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 6" All Purpose Sewing Scissors by Creative Notions (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 3 1/2" Collectible Embroidery Snips with hand-painted ladybug clip and limited edition ladybug thread cutter by Creative Notions (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • Pink chevron Hobby Basket by Suzy's (courtesy of Tacony Corporation)
  • 15-piece fat quarter bundle of Textured Basics fabrics by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics
  • Splendid Spears Designer Pin Tin with 100 pins by Patty Young
  • One Grand Bazaar Ribbon Sample including 2-yard cuts of 3 jacquard ribbons
  • One copy of Generation Q Magazine

Here is exactly how to participate:

  • Sew along with us or at your own pace.
  • Ask questions here or in our Modkid Facebook Group.
  • Post progress photos in our Flickr Group, Facebook Group or Instagram with hashtag #sunandsurfsewalong
  • Photograph your finished tote and add it to the Flickr Group or Facebook Group. Post photos of the totes to Facebook and Instagram using the tag #sunandsurfsewalong so we can all find you.

To be eligible for the grand prize, be sure to add your photos by Monday, August 4th. Please only add photos you don’t mind us sharing on the blog!

Grab your materials, wash and dry your fabrics, and get ready to sew!! Create a buzz about the project and start posting your fabric choices, and Patty just might be tempted to add a second prize in the mix!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sun & Surf Tote Sew-Along // Supplies

We hope you’ve marked your calendar to join in with our Sun & Surf Tote sew-along!! We’re getting things started with all the supplies you need to make your tote. You’ll have a week and a half to collect your materials, then the fun begins.

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First and foremost, you’ll need to purchase the pattern unless you are Terri A. or Michelle D., who won the pattern giveaway. You can choose from the PDF pattern or the paper pattern. Remember, it’s on sale from now until the end of the sew-along on August 1st.

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Materials List:

Our sample tote uses 3 fabric designs: Main fabric #1 (front & back of tote), Coordinating fabric #2 (all pockets), and Coordinating fabric #3 (tote lining, button loop & strap).

  • Main fabric #1: 1/2 yard
  • Coordinating fabric #2: 3/4 yard
  • Coordinating fabric #3: 2/3 yard
  • Heavy-weight fusible stabilizer: 1/2 yard at 44” wide
  • Light-weight fusible interfacing: 1 yard
  • Fleece: 1/6 yard (or a small scrap 8” w x 6” h)
  • Plastic Canvas: 13” x 6” piece
  • 1 large (1 1/2” to 2” round) decorative button
  • 2 large (1 9/16” or 40 mm) snap-on grommets
  • Coordinating thread

Let’s talk fabric options.There are so many!! You’ll want a woven cotton like quilting cotton, denim, corduroy, linen or twill. Patty has one made up in laminates in our Flickr group.

To make shopping even easier, Patty has listed a few tote kits on Etsy to get you started. Quantities are limited, so grab them while you can. Check out these options:

Kit #1: 2 large grommets (6 color options) and 1 large button (4 color options)

 

Kit #1 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Large Grommets and Button (pattern sold separately)

Kit #2: 2 large grommets (6 color options), 1 large button (4 color options), and plastic canvas

Kit #2 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Large Grommets, Button and Plastic Canvas (pattern sold separately)

Kit #3: 2 large grommets, 1 large button, plastic canvas, and Just My Type fabric

Kit #3 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Fabric, Large Grommets, Button and Plastic Canvas (pattern sold separately)

Kit #4: Complete material set as shown.

Kit #4 for the Sun & Surf Tote with Fabric, Large Grommets, Button, Plastic Canvas, pattern and notions

With so many stabilizers and interfacings out there, I thought I’d let you know what I’m using for this sew-along. For the Heavy-weight fusible stabilizer, I’m using Pellon Fusible Fleece 987F. For the light-weight fusible interfacing, I’m using Pellon 911FF fusible featherweight interfacing. Stabilizer widths sometimes vary, so make sure have plenty. The fabrics I’m using are from Patty Young’s High Society line available at Joann Fabric Stores.

We’d love to see what fabrics you’ve picked out! Be sure to share with us in our Facebook Group and tag your photos with #sunandsurfsewalong on Facebook and Instagram.