Saturday, October 22, 2011

12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop

If you've been following the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop, the brainchild of Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts, I'm sure you've added some adorable gifts to your Christmas to-sew list!  I've seen some very cute ideas and I can't wait to make some of the adorable gifts featured.

My tutorial is a ruffled wristlet.  Every girl needs a few ruffles in her life and every girl needs a wristlet.  I'm sure there's someone on your list who could use one.  If not, I think you could use one, but we are talking about gifts here, so make one for someone else first and then you'll have no guilt about making one for yourself.  Throughout this tutorial, the photo always follows the instructions for that step.  Here we go, it's the...


This wristlet can be made with one fat quarter (FQ).  Advantage, it's ONE fat quarter.  Disadvantage, the entire wristlet is made from the same fabric.  Use the cutting layout below if you want to cut the entire thing from one FQ.  To make it from different fabrics, use the measurements on the layout to cut your pieces.  Or, you could make two or three with two or three FQs and mix the fabrics up.

 Here's what you'll need for this project.
  • One fat quarter
  • One 8 x 6" rectangle and one 8 x 6.5" rectangle of midweight fusible interfacing
  • One 7" zipper
  • Thread to match your exterior fabric
  • Optional: Two 8 x 6" rectangles for a contrasting lining if you don't cut the lining pieces from the FQ.

Step 1: Interfacing. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior pieces. (There's no photo for this step.)

Step 2: "Hem" the ruffles.  There are, of course, a variety of ways you can finish the edges of your ruffles, but to keep this simple, we're going to zigzag about 1/4" inside the edge and unravel the fabric a bit.  I use my seam ripper to pick the warp threads one at a time and pull them out.  I used a zigzag stitch 2.5mm long by 3.5mm wide and unraveled my edge back to the edge of the zigzag.
 

Step 3:  Gather the ruffles.  Sew a basting stitch (the longest stitch on your machine) along the top edge of each ruffle. Then sew another row of basting stitches about 1/4" below the first row. Be sure to leave at leave at least 2-3" of thread tails on both ends of your ruffle. I used white thread so you can see my basting stitches. To gather your ruffles, pull on both bobbin stitches on one end at once and gently gather the fabric. I like to push a few small gathers all the way to the center and build the gathers out toward the edge. Do the same on the opposite end until your fabric is gathered to about 8" wide. Gather both ruffles.

Step 4: Attach the bottom ruffle.  Measure 3.5" up from the bottom edge of your larger (6.5" x 8") exterior fabric and mark a line along the 8" length. I used a hera marker, but a pencil would work just fine.
Align the top edge of the smaller (3") ruffle to the line you marked.  There will be 1/2" below the ruffle.  Distribute the fullness evenly and pin the ruffle to the fabric.
  
Stitch the ruffle to the fabric with a straight stitch 1/8" from the raw edge. At this point, I remove the basting stitches. If you basted with the same color thread and they aren't loose and their appearance doesn't bother you (they will be hidden under the top ruffle), feel free to leave them in place.

After removing the basting stitches, sew a wide zigzag stitch about 1/16" down from the raw edge.  It helps contain the yarns along the raw edge and keeps the top edge of the ruffle flat.  I used a zigzag stitch 2.0mm long and 5.0mm wide.

Step 5: Attach the top ruffle.  Trim 1.5" from the top edge of the exterior front.     

Align the ruffle to the top edge and pin in place distributing the fullness evenly.  Stitch this ruffle to the bag front using straight stitch and a 1/8" seam allowance (or a VERY scant 1/4" seam allowance).
Place the 1.5" strip you cut from the top edge of the bag front right side down on top of the ruffle and align the top edges.  Attach this strip to the bag front with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Fold the strip up and press it away from the ruffle.  If you have any stitches, basting or otherwise, showing along the top edge of the ruffle below the strip, remove those carefully with a seam ripper.

Step 6: Cover the ends of your zipper. Fold each small 1.5 x 3" rectangle in half to form two 1.5" squares.  Press each square and align it (folded edge to the inside) over the ends of the zipper covering the metal zipper stop on each end by 1/8 to 1/4".  Stitch over the end of the zipper in that small space as shown on the right below.  Take care to avoid the metal zipper stop; your machine needle probably won't win against it.  Stitch both ends and flip it over to check out how fancy your zipper looks now.  Trim the fabric on the ends and sides so that it's the same size as the zipper.

Step 7: Zipper Time!  Center the zipper right sides together on the top edge of the bag front.  It will be slightly longer than the fabric.


Use a zipper foot to stitch the zipper to the bag.  Start on the end opposite the zipper pull with the zipper closed.  Sew to about 2" from the zipper pull, lower the needle, and raise the presser foot.  Reach under the zipper and push the zipper pull backward past the presser foot.  Lower the presser foot, ensure that the fabric edges are still aligned and finish the seam. I totally forgot to take a photo of this step, so I faked it in the photo below, but I had already sewn the seam.  You only need to stitch it once; don't let the photo confuse you. 
Close the zipper and place one lining piece right sides together on top of the zipper and bag front, aligning the top edge and sides.

Pin and stitch the lining to the zipper using the zipper foot. You won't be able to see the zipper, but your zipper foot will be able to find and follow the edge of it through the lining.  Move the zipper pull to the back in the same manner as before to ensure your seam is straight.

Open out the lining fabric and press it away from the zipper. Understitch the zipper to the lining to prevent the lining from being caught in the zipper teeth.  Stitching will only go through the lining and the zipper, not the front of the bag.  Be sure to pull the fabric gently away from the zipper as you stitch.
Repeat Step 7 to attach the other side of the bag and lining to opposite side of the zipper.  Don't forget to understitch the lining and press all of the seams when finished sewing.


Step 8: Wrist Strap:  Fold the wrist strap in half lenghtwise and press.  Unfold it and fold each outside edge in to the center fold and press again.  The raw edges are hidden and the strap is four layers thick.  Sew close to the edge along the length of both sides.
 
Secure the wrist strap to the edge of the exterior back (only the back, not the lining) on the side where the zipper closes, about 1" down from the top edge.  I used some zigzag stitches which will be hidden inside the seam allowance.


 Step 9: Sew this thing together!  Okay, this part is very, very important...

U N Z I P   T H E   Z I P P E R   H A L F   W A Y!

I don't know if you've ever tried to unzip a zipper from the back side, but it's so hard to do, I don't even know if it's possible. So, please, please don't forget to unzip your zipper half way or about four inches. 

Fold the bag so that the right sides of the exterior and lining are together.  The seam allowances at the center (the zipper) will fold toward the lining.

Pin the bag together on all four sides, matching your edges and corners.  If the bag is a little crooked at this point, take a moment to square it up.  Make sure that the sides of the ruffles extend out past the edge of the bag to ensure they are caught in the seam allowance (see mine sticking out on the sides below).  Leave an opening in the center bottom of the lining about 4" long.  My opening is marked by the pink pins.


Stitch all the way around the bag with a scant 1/2" seam allowance.  Make sure that the ruffles are pushed back out of the way of the bottom exterior seam.
  
Before turning the bag right side out, press the seam allowances at the bottom of the lining (the edge with the opening) back on to the wrong side of the lining. This will make it easier to sew the lining closed.

Clip your corners and trim the bulk off the seam allowances at the zipper ends.  I also trimmed back the ruffles and the end of the wrist strap.

It's the big reveal!  Reach inside the opening in the lining and turn your bag right side out.  Use a point turner (or a chopstick) to push the corners out from the inside on both the lining and the exterior and inside the corners formed at the ends of the zipper.

Step 10: Sew the lining closed by machine or by hand using a slip stitch.  All finished!


So, are you ready for a giveaway?  How does a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop sound!  Leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner at random on October 27th.
   
But, it gets better!  Even if you don't win the gift certificate, everyone is a winner at Fabricworm who is offering a 15% discount to readers of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop!  Just use the code fw12days at checkout.

  
But, that's still not all! Visit Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts and leave
one comment on her tutorial to be entered to win the
GRAND PRIZE of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm!

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don't Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio


I'm really grateful that Jennifer asked me to be a part of her blog hop. Be sure to check out all the great tutorials above, and enter their giveaways if you haven't already.

Happy sewing and best of luck on the giveaways! 

308 comments:

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Renee G said...

This is a darling project.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOt)com

Darlene said...

So cute! And a fabulous gift to make. Thanks for sharing!!

LJ said...

What a darling bag! I can just see my granddaughter loving this for a gift. Thanks for the tut.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to have found you nd this lovely tutorial...thank-you for this really lovely idea and superb instructions.

free indeed said...

I so much prefer using a wristlet or clutch for running errands. So much less to carry around and hang onto. Well done!

Peaceful Piecer said...

Love the ruffles....thanks for a chance to win!

KatheG said...

Too CUTE!!! And your instructions are so precise - thanks.

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are to sharp and good
expaining for me. What camera do you use>
Thanks
Be Well

Lynn D

Lindsay said...

I love it!

Deb said...

I just love this wristlet! I was looking for something quick to make my sister for a wedding we're going to next month - this is just the ticket. Thanks!

sarah said...

this is adorable - i know a bunch of people who will be getting these for the holidays now ;)

Amorette said...

love the bold fabric and color choices- i need to be less chicken about zippers! is this the year?

WandaFish said...

So very cute! I think I know just the person this would suit - thanks for the tute :)

robin said...

Neat tutorial - thanks! :) Love your blog background, too!

EG said...

Super-girly! Love it!

Kathy MacKie said...

How creative, easy to understand tutorial and a giveaway too, how lucky us.

Patty said...

I love the ruffle purse. Such a cute idea.

Nancy Sue said...

Love the all the ruffles! Thank you for this tutorial. I can soon check off two gals my holiday gift idea list, whom this would be perfect for!
Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

Crystal said...

Adorable! I love this! Thank you for sharing.

Sally said...

This wristlet is adorable! I am always looking for patterns like this since my husband and I have a bunch of nieces.

Stephanie Nagano said...

Cute idea! My sister might be getting one of these.. :D

seaschell said...

This is adorable! Thanks for a great tute.

hueisei said...

Love this tutorial!! :)

Karin said...

A fabric giveaway?? That's like Christmas!

Kelly said...

Love this! Thanks for a great tutorial :)

Dianne Neale said...

This is so cut - thanks for th tutorial

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing this adorable tutorial!

Brita said...

Oooooh, my granddaughter would love this -- she's a funky high school senior! Thanks for the tute!

Kelly O. said...

my daughter would love this! thank you for sharing.

Judi said...

cute and flirty! Great job on the instructions too :)

t. anne said...

So cute! I can't wait to try one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.

deserae said...

I am going to have to make one of these!

Mimi said...

Great tutorial!! The pleats are sweet! Thanks for the chance! I am loving this blog hop - so many great ideas!

Hannah said...

Cute creation. This would be perfect for my friend. If only I could sew!

Monica said...

sounds fantastic to me! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lyanna L. said...

This is super cute! I will have to make some. Thanks for the tutorial.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

What an adorable clutch!!! Love the ruffles!!

Marci Girl said...

What a great tutorial and such a lovely clutch! Love it!

dyanne said...

cutest purse and great tutorial

April said...

I love the wristlet! Thank you so much! I'll be making this before Christmas for myself, maybe a couple others for gifts.

Jen said...

Super cute! I love the skirted ruffle! Thanks for sharing!

Andra said...

Cute project. This would be great for a high school grad!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a great tutorial...I think my daughter would love one of these!

Kate said...

This would look really great with a little shiny fabric and some added bling! Thanks for the tutorial...

Donna Joy said...

You sure did a great job of that tutorial. Little girls will love this.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the wristlet!

DonnaRae said...

This has to be the cutest wrist-let I have seen yet. Definitely going to make it. Would love to win too! But if not like you wrote we are all winners with the 15% off. Thanks.

MoeWest said...

Very cute! I bet my granddaughter would love that.

Tiffany.TF said...

so cute I know a few ladies that love one or two of theses.

Calikisses said...

This is so cute! I love how your directions outline every step to make it nice and easy to put together. Thanks for sharing :)

Gidget said...

Very cute tutorial.... my daughter will love this!

kbzelazny said...

Soooo cute! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I like the wristlet very much. Thanks for the tutorial.
kristin
kamerrigan at hotmail dot com

Joanna said...

Really cute wristlet. I want to make one. Thank you for the how-to.

Anonymous said...

I love this! All from one fq, so cool! The top picture on your blog, of the quilt in the sun, is just wonderful. VermontPines@aol.com

Janny Mac said...

very cute! thanks for the tutorial!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Thanks for a great tutorial. :) I have never made a zippered purse-yet. :)

Connie said...

How neat and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.'Quilting by the River

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

karamino said...

This is adorable!Thanks for the tutorial

Lauren said...

This will end up being an awesome Christmas present for the little (and not so little) girls I know! Thanks!

Lisa Marie said...

I have a couple nieces who would love these. Thanks for the idea!

colorcrazy said...

This is so cute! Great gift idea for my nieces! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said...

That is super duper cute! Thanks for the great tutorial, maybe matching mother daughter wristlets are in my future.

Michelle said...

adorable!

Mimi said...

Cute clutch and great tutorial! Thanks for the chance!

sarah said...

thanks for the tutorial (we love ruffles in this house). and the giveaway. i solemnly swear, that if chosen, i would make good use of the fabric i select from fatquartershop. :)

also, i love your blog background. :) :)

sarah16@gmail.com

amylouwho said...

V. cute! I love how you finished off the zipper on the ends! I'm going to do that from now on!

Tara K said...

What a great little bag. I know just the person who would love this!

Elizabeth R said...

Great gift for Christmas...or birthdays! I'm filing this one in the To Make pile.
elizabeth.rea15@gmail.com

JoyceLM said...

Love the cute flirty bag. My husband's niece is a girly girl & she would love this. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Those ruffles are so cute, & I love the high contrast between your outer & lining fabric choices!!

~ meagan
SnippetsAndYarns@gmail.com

Amanda said...

What a great tutorial! Can't wait to make one!

Stitches said...

Very nice and a great tutorial too. My 2 college age granddaughters would love these. Thanks

Elle said...

Very cute wristlet! Thanks for sharing!

Nanbon44 said...

my grand daughter would love these

Outside inspiration said...

Great tutorial, thank you!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a really cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Jeanne said...

What a cute project! Thanks for the giveaway too!

Diane said...

Cute!!! Love those ruffles! Thanks for the chance to win as well! :)

Julie said...

What a great little clutch! I immediately thought of my sister when I saw it, this may be just the thing for her!

Janna said...

So so cute!!

Sam said...

My granddaughter will love this bag. Thanks

JanetK said...

Love the ruffles! This is adorable - thanks for the tute.

Lori said...

Great tute! I love the raw edges on your ruffles!

Erin said...

Super Cute Clutch! Love the ruffles!

KOcanQuilt said...

I know a 13 yr old girl who would love one of these. Thank you so much for the idea!

Jen B said...

I'm not usually a ruffle girl, but I love this!

Evelene S said...

What a cute wristlet not at all what I imagined. I love the fringed edges it makes it very feminine. Thanks for the tutorial.

Shawna said...

What a cute little bag. I really like the ruffles. Thanks for your great tutorial and all your tips along the way. This is going on my to-do list. Thanks for the giveaway.

missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi said...

What a cute little bag. Thanks for sharing it.

Ruth said...

This is absolutely a super-cute accessory!

Abbybeth said...

so cute! I think I'll have to make some of these for stocking stuffers!

Paskiaq said...

What a super cute clutch! Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win! :)

angbart said...

Very cute clutch! Thanks for the freebie and the chance to win!

Kelsey said...

So Cute!! What a great gift idea :)

kluckingbear said...

My daughters will love these! Thanks for sharing :)

Heather said...

I've not tried a wristlet yet. And I just love ruffles. I'm a visual learner so thank you a million times over for the wonderful pictures you've added. Sew appreciated!

erica said...

Very cute!

Kelli said...

Oh, so verycute! I need to make one of those for me, forget Christmas gift giving! ;)

Sheila said...

This is fabulous! My sister would love to find this under the tree!

MG said...

I love this --the ruffle adds a a unique twist.

Elena said...

Lovely wristlet!
I can't wait to make my own. The tutorial is so easy to follow, thank you!
And thank you so much for this chance to win :)

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