For a long time now, I've had this tutorial on my "to make" queue. When I read the Blogging Business Artisans (my etsy team) challenge for this month, make anything inspired by a back to school theme, I knew it would be the perfect time to finally crush this tutorial- modified it to a pencil case.
The only problem? I set out to make one thing, and my
The main reason why I wanted to try this style of pouch was because I got to work on two new skills:
#1: That clever little fold the fabric over the end of the zipper to make a neater zipper edge trick.
#2: Drawing out a pattern to cut fabric.
I've not done either of those yet, but #1 builds on my skills from mastering the coin purse and #2 is something I'm interested in figuring out so that I can someday write my own patterns.
I wouldn't say that this project was a total success, though, unfortunately.
#1- minor unfixable problem: Not sure what I did, I thought I conquered this demon, but the edge trick didn't work. It's all wonky and some weird part of the fabric got caught while I was sewing the pieces together, much like my first attempts at making coin purses.
#2- Major problem, but totally fixable: At the point in which I was supposed to create the squared corners, I found that there were 4 corners on the bottom and I wasn't quite sure which two to square. There was this weird rectangle extension bottom flap thingie that confused me and the tutorial didn't specify. (Man, what is it with evasive tutorials? Don't just ASSUME that the reader knows what you're talking about, sheesh! ) So I just picked a set and went with them. Come to find out, I picked the wrong ones. So, since I was making a pencil case anyway, I just trimmed off that bottom flap and made a shorter case. Easy fix, but still annoying.
So while I may not have "crushed" this tutorial, I at least worked through it. And what I came up with is OK- usable anyway. I'm still learning, and I'm still chugging along with Project Sewing 101, 8 MONTHS later...if you can believe it! I'm still only half way through the book, but I'll make it!