Today I had a brilliant idea and decided to give sew-in interfacing a try. (Don’t ask me why-I bought six yards of good quality fusible interfacing last week.)
I had some ivory damask fabric (a chair cover that my mom gave me) and decided to make a child’s purse out of it.
So I cut my pieces (four of the damask print and four of the sew-in interfacing). I had thread that matched perfectly. I made the strap and decided to use a hook and loop closure (little hands don’t always know how to use snaps or buttons!). I sewed the lining and outer pieces of the purse together. I found out I like the sew-in interfacing. It gave this purse a very soft feel and wasn’t as rigid as fusible interfacing (although I will continue to use fusible interfacing for item I sell-this really was, in hindsight, a practice purse).
Finally, everything was sewn together. I was about to turn everything right side out when I realized the ends were fraying. So I pulled out my overcast stitch foot (a Christmas present) and went to work. When I finished, I had neat edges.
I turned the purse right sides out and to my dismay, I immediately saw a couple of mistakes.
First, the purse isn’t straight! I didn’t cut the pattern out right. Second, the hook and loop closure was placed too close to the top of the purse-so close, in fact, that it was partially sewn into the top seam. And on top of that, I didn’t have a large enough seam allowance and instead of being completely closed, the seam was popping out of the top.
So, I’ve learned a few things:
- I need to take my time cutting out pattern pieces. In fact, the pattern has been used so much that I think it should be transferred to wax paper.
- Place the hook and loop closure (or snaps) a little lower than the pattern allows for.
- Don’t trim the seam allowance all the way down. I didn’t mean to-really. But I did.
Needless to say, my two and half-year old daughter has acquired another purse. I’m sure she doesn’t mind (she likes to play dress-up), but I had planned on listing this item. Now I’m back to square one. And with these lessons behind me, I ask: What sewing lessons have you learned? Really, leave a comment. I love to read them!