A recess zip can be made and added to any bag, whether it’s lined or not.
It’s a handy technique to know, use your off cuts and bright fabrics, break out that stash of unloved zips, make loads of them. It’s great for practicing your topstitching. Either go bold with contrasting stitching or stealth with perfectly co-ordinated thread. Why not use up all you thread ends and have multi-coloured stitching.
Here’s the DOWNLOAD for the PDF tutorial to make your recess zip. If you make some please share, we’d love to see yours!
Tote bag or ECO shopper, simple enough for beginners to create and a great starting point for improvers to modify, adding pockets and closures.
The humble tote bag is a staple in everyone’s life now. Whether you are here to sew it for the first time, or to adjust it to make the size to suit you, we hope you find the instructions easy to follow.
If you are not brave enough to cut into your ‘good’ fabric this is the perfect project for old duvets and curtains.
Optional: pimp your egg with buttons, beads, trims
This project I found on the Vlieseline (previously known as Vilene) website. You can download pattern and instructions here.
If you have not used decovil before then this a fantastic little project to have a go. Mainly used by bag makers, with it’s leather like form, decovil really holds it shape. Tear-resistant, but also dimensionally stable and easy to shape. Furthermore it is resilient, resistant to bending, punchable and the cutting edges stay tight. Thereby the fixed fabrics are good to handle and very stable and durable. Ideally suited for the creation of hats, belts, bags and small fabric bowls, but also, for interior decoration. It’s an iron on stabiliser, the shiny side is the glue. Suitable for cotton, decorative and synthetic fabrics. Machine wash 30o.
** At time of writing this, we stock Decovil in a pre-pack sheet size of 45cm x 50cm, if you love it as much as we do, we will look at stocking Decovil on the roll. Which would mean a 90cm width by whatever length you would like.
We would LOVE to see your makes! Fiona & Marice xx