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!

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!

 

Simple Confetti Skirt with Ribbon Trim and Double Elastics.

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Princesses of any age love a good skirt. They love to put one on any time of the day, twirl in it, play in it and if possible sleep in it too. Girls treasure their favorite skirts, especially handmade ones, made just for them. Good news for you, skirts are easy to make! My tutorial is going to make it even easier.

This simple skirt doesn’t take too much material, yet it still gives room for movements for your active girls to run around in. Depending on the fabric design your choose, the skirt can be casual or fancy. If you want a more flowy effect, you can choose one of our cotton lawn fabrics. In this tutorial, I have selected Michael Miller’s Confetti Border Pearlized in Glitz.

Materials needed
● Confetti Border Pearlized in Glitz from Glitz by Michael Miller
● 1 cm wide elastics
● 1 cm wide grosgrain ribbon in matching colour
● Matching colour thread.

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Steps

  1. Measure the user’s waist and decide on the skirt length
  2. The fabric size you need: 2 x waist + 1” by length +2”. For example, my daughter’s waist is 21” and I wanted the skirt to be 16” long. I cut my fabric 2×21”+1” by 16”+2” or 43”x18”.
  3. Press the fabric
  4. Fold ¼” from the bottom and press, and then fold another ¼” and press again to create hem crease.

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  1. Zig zag stitch ribbon along the bottom about 1 inch from hem
  2. Unfold the hem
  3. Put the ends right sides together. The ribbon ends should meet

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  1. Use serger or zig zag stitch on the ends to prevent fraying

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  1. Re-fold the hem. Straight stitch the hem all the way around

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  1. Use serger or zig zag stitch on the top part to prevent fraying

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  1. Fold 1½” from the top and press all the way around

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  1. Straight stitch ⅝” from the top almost all the way around, leaving about 2” opening to create a tube. Straight stitch again ⅝” from the previous stitches leaving 2” opening to create another tube. Make sure that the openings are on the same area.

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  1. Straight stitch ⅝” from the top almost all the way around, leaving about 2” opening to create a tube. Straight stitch again ⅝” from the previous stitches leaving 2” opening to create another tube. Make sure that the openings are on the same area.
  2. Using a safety pin, insert one of the elastics into the first tube.

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  1. Connect the elastic ends with zig zag stitches, ensuring that it is not twisted.
  2. Close the first opening with straight stitches

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  1. Insert the second elastic into the second tube as before
  2. Close the second opening with straight stitches
  3. Done!

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Here’s another simple skirt we made from the bottom part of the same fabric!

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As you can see, different fabric design gives a different impression on the same skirt pattern. The one on the right has an edgy, luxurious look while the ribbon trimmed one has a sweeter impression.

Whichever fabric you choose, I hope you enjoy making this simple skirt for your little loved ones.