Tissue case tutorial

Tissue caseI’ve used my new sewing machine to make these very simple tissue cases from scrap of linen fabrics. They are basically a lined fabric rectangle folded to meet at the center. I make the outer fabric longer than the lining fabric so it automatically folded inside, because I don’t like the lining fabric showing at the edge. It also eliminates the need of topstitching.

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The tutorial is only two pages, but please tell me if something is not clear in it.

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TISSUE CASE

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Easy full skirt (and a little tutorial)

Easy full skirt Easy full skirt
This is a super easy skirt I whipped up in literally a few minutes. It is very easy, and I will say it again, very easy! You can make it and you will make it!

Easy full skirt Easy full skirtErr… anyway, the black fabric is Japanese fabric, made of thick cotton with brownish swirly pattern on it. Actually I wasn’t really sure what I was going to make when I bought the fabric, I was thinking of making a bag with it. Then I suddenly had this idea and proceeded to make it. The fabric has wide blank area on each sides, so I leave it raw and use them for the top of the skirt.

I also had this vintage Tais fabric, it’s a form of traditional weaving from East Timor. My mother bought them when I was little, before East Timor’s independence from Indonesia, and I remember that she often used them on several occasions. When I went to Indonesia last summer, she gave me a lot of vintage traditional fabric including this Tais, my mother has like a whole closet of these traditional fabric. Unfortunately the Tais has a lot of broken patches on it, so I decided to cut a strip and used it for my skirt.

The skirt is basically a pair of rectangles with elastic. It didn’t even need a pattern, but the finished result is quite adorable. I leave the raw edges of the strips shown, and after washing, it frayed a bit and the blue threads are exposed.

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Disclaimer: You may use the finished products for both personal and commercial use (craft shops or markets only – no mass production). Please do not pass off the pattern and tutorial as your own. Thank you!

The tutorial
I’ve made a simple diagram for making the skirt. If you need a bigger size, just click the picture to go to my flickr page and download it.
Easy full skirt - diagram
Materials:

Fabric for skirt.

  • The length of the skirt will be a little bit shorter than half of the fabric width (for hem allowances), so please pay attention to the width of the fabric. The fabric that I use is 120 cm wide.
  • The length of my fabric is 1 m, I think this will be suitable for almost everyone.

A pair of fabric strips, each as long as your skirt fabric.

  • My strips are about 3.5 cm wide each. You can make it wider or narrower.
  • I leave the raw edges shown, but of course you can add seam allowances to make a neat folded edge.

Instructions:

  1. Cut the fabric in half, resulting in two long rectangles.
  2. Sew the short ends of rectangles together to make a tube shape.
  3. Sew short ends of fabric strips together, resulting in another tube.
  4. Mark placement of strips on skirt, about 5-6 cm from the top.
  5. Sew strips on skirt, matching the side seams together. Leave a small part unstitched for putting in the elastic.
  6. Measure your waist and cut the elastic. Don’t cut too short, you can always cut later if it’s too big.
  7. Put the elastic inside the fabric strips. When the fit is okay, sew the ends of elastic together. I usually overlap the ends of the elastic then sew over it several times using small zigzag stich.
  8. Sew the opening of fabric strips closed.
  9. Hem the bottom of skirt. You can also sew a pair of ribbon loop on the sides for hanging the skirt, like I did.
  10. Put on your new skirt! \(^.^)/

Some ideas:

  • Instead of fabric strips, you can use wide ribbon. How about some pretty velvet ribbon?
  • Use twice as much fabric to make a long skirt.
  • Layer several transparent fabrics together (lace, chiffon) for a romantic look.

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Wallet tutorial

Wallet tutorial
Here’s the tutorial for these wallets!

The tutorial includes two variation of the closure, one with tab and velcro and the other with fabric loop and button.

For the tutorial, I made a pair of wallets from pink Japanese cotton fabrics, one in polkadot and the other one in floral pattern. The beige linings are Indian cotton fabrics. I hope the colours of the fabrics are not too muted in the pictures.

The tutorial can be downloaded below, it’s a 7 pages of PDF file. Please contact me if you have any difficulty downloading it, or if anything is not clear.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and make your own version. Instead of velcro or fabric loop, you can also use snap-on button, magnetic closure, or plain elastics without the fabric loop.

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WALLET TUTORIAL

Mini wallet tutorial

Mini wallet tutorial
Yay I finished it! This is the tutorial for the mini wallet in this post. For the tutorial, I made a pair of mini wallets in Japanese cotton with colorful houses pattern on it. I really enjoyed making them and the tutorial.

The tutorial for the bigger wallets is still in progress, and it will be posted soon when it’s ready!

As it would be too long as a blog post, the tutorial is made it into a pdf file that can be downloaded here. Please contact me if you have any difficulty downloading it. This is also my first time making a pdf tutorial, so do tell me if anything is not clear.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and make your own mini wallet. This little project is perfect to finish up those fabric scraps in your stash. Combine different colours and patterns together. You can also opt out the elastic and button and change it to snap-on button, velcro strips, or magnetic closure. When you finished, you can add your wallet to my flickr gallery here.

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MINI WALLET

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Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

A cowl and a pair of hand-warmer

My first tutorial! Well, sort of. As I’m being asked about how I recyled a scarf into a cowl and hand-warmers, I made this, uh, simple drawings on how to make them.

I hope the drawings can explain itself. The scarf I used measured about 120×45 cm. It has to be a bit stretchy as it’ll be worn over the head. I think old T-shirt can also be made into this cowl and hand-warmers.

Basically, the scarf is cut along the dashed lines (and also along the middle width of the scarf). The upper part will be made into 2 pairs of hand-warmers, while the lower part will be the cowl.

There are no exact measurements as every fabric has different stretch.

Some kind of tutorial for cowl and hand-warmers

The hand-warmers are basically just rectangles sewn into tubes. Before they are sewn, fit the rectangles over the wrist to find the right measurement. Mine is about 16 cm in circumference. Trim the excess fabric and sew them into tubes, leaving several centimetres unstitched to make a hole for the thumb. Fold the upper and lower edge about 2 cm to the inside and stitch, zig-zag stitches are recommended. I leave the inside edge of the seams unfinished, but zig-zag stitches can be used on them to keep from fraying, it depends on the type of the fabric.

Cut the cowl according to the lines, and stich the sides together. Fold the upper edge about 2-3 cm to the inside and stitch using zig-zag stitch. Finish the inside seams if necessary. There you go!

Link: A cowl and a pair of hand-warmers

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