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Crafts for summer: pumpkin patch weekender tutorial

Bags, Sewing  |  September 15th 2011  |  0 Comment

 pumpkin patch weekender

 Sewing patterns

Our Week 1 entry for SYTYC was the Pumpkin Patch Weekender- did y’all guess? We were so excited to win week 1! Hats off to Nikki and her Candy Dispenser… the voting was back and forth all week and we only won by one vote.

A few fun facts about our first SYTYC entry-

To make a Pumpkin Patch Weekender, you’ll need:
-a yard of corduroy
-a yard of lining fabric
-a yard of orange flannel
-a sewing machine and supplies

1. Fold your corduroy in half width wise (so that the selvage edges align). Cut two 5″ tall rectangles from the bottom of your halved fabric (resulting in two 5″ x 45″ fabric rectangles). Repeat with your lining fabric.

2. With your corduroy still folded in half, cut a diagonal line from one corner to the other, resulting in two large isosceles triangles of fabric. Cut along the folded edges, yielding four corduroy right triangles. Repeat this whole process with your lining fabric.

3. Cut each of your 5″ x 45″ rectangles down to 5″ x 26″. These rectangles should now match the height of your right triangles (they’ll be your gussets). Sandwich each gusset between two triangles and sew in place. Repeat three more times with your other 5″ x 26″ rectangles and their corresponding triangles. At the end of this, you should have two corduroy pieces (sort of triangular, see above) and two lining pieces.

4. To make your lining, place two of your lining fabric right triangles on top of each other. Where they overlap, turn the exposed edge under (you can iron this edge under if you please) and stitch in place. Repeat with your other two lining fabric triangles.

5. Cut two 5″ x 10″ rectangles and a 8″ x 45″ rectangle from your flannel. Finish off the top edge of each one.

6. Sew the two side edges and the bottom edge of your 8″ x 45″ rectangle to the bottom of your overlapped lining triangles piece, leaving the top edge open. Then, at equal intervals, sew vertical lines to divide the big pocket into four smaller pockets (to find the equal intervals, I folded my fabric in half then in half again and marked the folds with a fabric pen).

7. Sew the two side edges and the bottom edge of your 5″ x 10″ rectangles to your 5″ x 26″ lining fabric gussets, leaving the top edges open.

8. Line up all of your finished lining fabric pieces in order- overlapping triangles then gusset, then overlapping triangles and the other gusset. Pin in place and stitch together into one very long, zig zaggy piece.

9. Stitch your remaining 5″ rectangles together into a 5″ x 36″ rectangle. Pin each 5″ end to the bottoms of the gussets, right sides together. Pin the 36″ edges to the bottom of each 36″ main body lining piece, right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter to attach the lining bottom, leaving a 8″ opening on one of the long sides (you’ll use this to turn your bag right side in after you stitch the lining to the exterior later). Your lining is now complete and should be able to stand on its own.

10. To make the rows of pleats, cut what remains of your yard of flannel into 3″ strips. Depending on how many pleats you add, you’ll use all of your fabric for the pleats. Iron down the top and bottom edges and sew down.

11. To make your pleats, slowly sew a straight stitch along the top edge. Every sixth stitch or so, use a butter knife to ‘pleat’ the fabric under. Keep sewing to stitch in place.

12. Pin your rows of pleats in place on one of your corduroy pieces. Stitch in place.

13. Fold your corduroy triangular pieces into each other (see above #12). Mark the diagonal edges with a fabric pen. Use these edges to pin the rows of pleats on the other corduroy piece. Be sure to match up your rows on the two pieces so that they look like one continuous pleated piece on your finished tote.

14. Sew your triangular-ish corduroy pieces together, right sides together, into your final bag shape. Following the same process as you did with the lining, piece your corduroy bottom together and attach to your bag (see #9). Do not leave an 8″ opening.

15. Create the top ties by sewing two 10″ rectangular corduroy tubes, about 2″ wide. Taper your stitch at the end of one tube to create ties.

16. Place the lining into the exterior bag, right sides together. Sandwich the ties you just made into between the lining and exterior fabric at the top of the gussets, with the ties ending up down inside the purse (you shouldn’t be able to see your ties, except maybe the top where you pinned them in place, at this point). Sew around the entire perimeter of the top, two big “V” shapes with little flat breaks at each gusset.

17. Pull the purse through the opening in the bottom of the lining to turn right side in. Stitch the opening closed. Done! Use this beauty as the perfect fall purse or fill it with all of your essentials for a weekend away (or do both!).