Twilly Tutorial

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Haute Couture fashion house Hermes set the accessories trend when they released their double sided ribbon like silky scarves. Fashionistas used the narrow scarves, named Twilly to wrap their bag handles, making them silky to touch and pretty to look at. You definitely can get a pair for thousands of dollars, or you can make your own pair using the fabric you have at home easily.

Not everybody enjoys the feel of silk, so in this tutorial, I have used Glamo Camo in Hunter by Dear Stella to make a pair of twilly for my husband’s work bag. If you do not have a fabric in mind yet, we recommend the super soft Cotton & Steel fabrics and Dear Stella Cotton Shirting from our store.

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  1. Cut two 4” strips of fabric along the width of the fabric, so you get the selvages at each end of the strip. For regular purse handles, cut the length to 34”. The handles I use in the sample are wide and slightly longer, so I used the whole width of the fabric to create a 44” long strip. (Most of the cottons we carry are 44” wide).Twilly-2
  2. Fold the strips along the length right sides together and pin.Twilly-3
  3. Draw a 45 degree angle line at the end of each strips like pictured below. Make sure you start below the white selvage. Fold your fabric once lengthwise and mark the mid point.
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  4. Sew along the diagonal line until your are ¼” away from the straight edge. Stop your machine at the last stitch when your needle is in the lowest position, raise your shoe, and rotate your fabric. Continue sewing along the edge up with ¼” sewing allowance to ½” before the mid point. Finish your stitches.Twilly-5
  5. Start sewing again one inch away from where you stopped, until you finish the stitches on the other diagonal line. This will leave you an inch gap right in the middle for turning.
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  6. Trim the diagonal ends ¼” above your stitches.Twilly-8
  7. Utilizing a long stick like a pen or pencil, flip the tube right side out through the opening in the middle. Iron well.
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I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial and hope to see your awesome. Let’s get sewing!

Color Me Pillowcase (From Kit)

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At least once in a kid’s life, she doodles on a fabric item, be it her shirt, pillows or mommy’s new pastel colored sofa. This time, why not let her do it!? On the Color Me fabric of course. Colour Me by Hayley Crouse is coloring fabric collection that lets you and your kids customize the fabric with any color you want using fabric marker or crayon. This can be a fun art activity for them and their siblings, family or friends. And you can turn their art into something useful or even wearable.
We have Color Me basic kit that includes 1 Panel of Color me fabric and a choice of 6 or 12 fabric markers. We also have an add on Color Me Queen Sized Pillowcase Kit where you can add a strip of ¼ yard of quilting weight cotton solid fabric to your basic kit. In this tutorial, we will help you make your queen sized pillow with the kit.

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When you purchase the kit and the pillowcase add on from our website, you will get:

  • 1 panel Color Me fabric
  • 1 strip of ¼ yard cotton solid fabric
  • 1 set of 6 or 12 fabric markers

We advise that you color the panel first using the fabric markers included. When your child is done coloring, you can set the colors permanently by ironing it.

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We are going to use french seam to join three sides and finish the open side with a double fold edge.

  1. Cut both fabric pieces so that they are 41” in length.
  2. Align the solid fabric strip and the right side of the panel, wrong sides together.
  3. Join the fabric with ¼” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to ⅛”.
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  4. Open the fabric, right side facing up. Iron the seam allowance to one side. Flip the fabric and iron the seam on the wrong side so it is flat.
  5. Turn the fabric right side together, making sure that it is neatly folded on the joined seam. Iron.
  6. Sew the edge with ¼” seam allowance.
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  7. Open and iron the french seam to one side.
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  8. Now we are going to measure where we are going to fold in the solid fabric edge for the double folded seam. Lay the fabric flat. Fold ½” from the solid fabric raw edge and iron. For the second fold, measure 30 ½” from the Color Me panel end, fold it there and iron.
  9. Fold the fabric wrong side together lengthwise by bringing the top edge to the bottom edge. Make sure the panel and solid strip seam align.
  10. Sew the remaining raw edges with the french seam
  11. Flip it back and you are done!

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The measurements in this tutorial will give you a Queen size pillowcase (20”x30”)

If you need a standard (20”x28”) size pillowcase, on step 6 you can fold the solid edge 28 ½” from the opposite end.

Reversible Tote Bag

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Bag making can be very intimidating but very rewarding. Its construction, multiple layers and installation of bag hardware such as zipper, buttons, etc. frustrate many. However, there are plenty of simple bag construction that are very friendly even to the most novice seamstress.

This time, I am going to share with you how to make a soft reversible tote bag. Due to the simpleness of this bag, I recommend you to use eye catching fabric such as the ones I am using: canvas fabrics from the Rain Walk Collection by Cloud 9 Organic.
We are going to use two contrasting half yard fabrics which will yield a tote bag with a measurements of 10” x 14” x 7”, with 14” handles. There was no material wasted. I happened to have no interfacing when I was making this bag and my bag came out floppy. If you want a sturdier bag, you can add interfacing such as fusible fleece, soft and stable, etc. You can also make a mini version of this tote using two fat quarters.

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First, fold both of your fabric in half so the selvedge ends meet and stack them together. Make sure that the folds are on the same side. Cut the selvedge sides 4” from the edge to create 4 pieces of 4”x18” strips.

 

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Take one of the large sheet and fold it right sides together. Stitch the sides with ½” seam allowances to create a rectangular sleeve.

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To box out the bottom part, here’s what you do:

  • Take the bottom crease and one of the seam line corner and pinch them together. Make sure that the two lines (crease and seam) are lined up. This is very important.
  • You will get an Isosceles Triangle (a triangle with two equal sides). Iron this triangle to flatten.
  • Measure 9 cm or 3.5” from the seam and draw a line at a right angle to the bottom crease.
  • Do the same to the other corner
  • Top stitch on the line.

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Flip the pouch right side out, and do the same for the other large sheet of fabric.

Now it’s time to make the handles.

Take one 4”x18” strip each from each pattern and put them right sides together.

Stitch both long sides with 1” seam allowances. I made the seam allowances wider than usual to give some extra body inside the handles later.

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Flip the strip of fabric right side out. Press.

Top stitch both long sides with ¼” seam allowances.

Do the same with the remaining strips of fabric.

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Lets go back to the pouches we made before.

Take the raw edge and fold it over 2” from the edge so you can see the fabric pattern on the fold. Do the same to the other pouch.

Put one pouch inside the other, wrong sides together. Make sure that the seams are aligned. Pin on the seams.

Note: the picture shows the pouches wrong sides together before the edges are folded.

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Decide which way you want your handles to face and where you want the base, and pin them 2” deep into the pouch in between the 2 layers of pouches.

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Top stitch ¼” from the edge all around the top.

Top stitch again ¼” from the first stitches all around the top.

Do another top stitch ¼” from the second stitches all around the top for extra strength.

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And we’re done! Happy sewing!