Today we have Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts. Mandy's blog is choc-full of ideas and inspiration. And I love that she is constantly doing something...a girl after my own heart!
I love this super-cute clutch she created and the idea of the scraps being sewn on in puzzle-type fashion.
So whimsical and the colors are making me glad it's summer. Take it away Mandy...
I'm sure I'm not the only one fascinated with Ticker Tape quilts lately - I keep seeing them everywhere, and I can't stop starring at them! I know a quilt is a hefty ticker tape project, seeing as I've never done ANY ticker tape project, so I thought it's be a perfect concept to incorporate into a clutch.
What is ticker tape?? It's where you take little bitty scraps and zig zag around the edges to sew them down to a piece of plain fabric. What a fun way to use up scraps. Let's get started:
I found a large scrap and used it as a top border - you don't have to do this. Whatever way you want it, cut 2 rectangles the size you want the clutch (well, slightly larger, for seam allowance). Here's my rectangle, with that top border already sewn on:
Next, the ticker tape part. You square up your scraps - basically make them straight, then arrange them like a puzzle. I had to make cuts on them to make them fit into the spots I wanted. Once you get it right you can use a glue stick to temporarily stick them down so they don't move.
Finally, cut 2 more rectangles, same size as before, out of lining. Now all your pieces are ready for assembly of the clutch:
Make a layer of your rectangle (facing up), with your zipper facing down and then your lining (facing down) on top of everything, as shown. Then sew a straight line along the edge. A zipper foot will help you get up close to the zipper.
Now, flip it to where the seam is on the inside and iron it down. The zipper should be able to be seen. Then do the same thing for the other side, as shown:
Now, if you did everything right (see, putting in a zipper is easy - you can do it!) it should open like this - iron it around the zipper area.
Then fold the strip for the handle into a loop and pin it where you'd like it to go - be sure the handle is pointing in and the raw edge is lined up with the raw edge of the rectangles.
Finally, turn the whole thing right-side out through the hole and sew up that hole. That's it - easy, right?!?
Here you can kind of see how the tab on the end of the zipper folds into the seam:
And here you can see the ticker tape method in action:
I made this so I can have a small grab-n-go bag for when I hit all those garage sales - - ready for action:
Thanks for having me! Get to using up those scraps - -
A little about me: I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:
Here's the whole gang on our recent impromtu smores night:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog. I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays. You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):
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