I posted it in the Flickr group - and was promptly asked to write a tutorial for it.......of course I had no photos, so I made another one, slightly smaller and took photos as I went along. This tute shows you how to make one side of a pouch (or a bag, cushion, etc - whatever - the theory can be applied to any project you want to make, you just have to recalculate the sizes) and my side panel is 7" x 12" with a twisted panel, incorporating 5 twists, that finishes around 3.5" square.
Please note this is my first tutorial - so go easy on me!! This is the same methodology as Quilt-as-you-go and if any of it doesn't make sense, drop me a line and I'll help in any way I can!
What you will need:
- heavy duty interfacing
- main fabric (mine is Kona Everglade)
- scraps of fabric at least 1.5" wide and 5" long (these are for the twists)
- note - use starch on your fabric - it helps when cutting and piecing
- heavy duty interfacing, 1 piece, 7" x 12"
- twist scraps, 5 pieces, 1.5" x 5"
- main fabric
- 5 pieces, 1.5" x 5"
- 4 pieces, 1.25" x 5" (we'll call these the spacers)
- 1 piece, 5" x 3.5" (this will be trimmed later)
- 1 piece 5" x 6.5" (this will be trimmed later)
- 2 pieces, 2.5" x 12" (these will be trimmed later)
1. Mark up the interfacing with your pencil and ruler:
- measure in 1.5" from each long side and draw a line
- measure in 3" from one short side and draw a line
- from the 3" line, measure and mark a further 4 lines, 3/4" apart
- set aside 'til later
|I got a bit excited and drew one more line than I needed - you only need an extra 4 to the right of the 3" line|
2. Sew your twists:
- Using all the fabric pieces sized 1.5" x 5", sew each of the scrap pieces to a main fabric piece down one long side and with a 1/4" seam
|I chain pieced these|
- Press open the seams (this makes it easier to get a good edge), then finger press the twists closed along the seam line, wrong sides together and press again
- Trim the twists so they are 1" wide and 5" long
|Here are the 5 twists ready to go|
3. Piece the panel:
- Lay the 5" x 3.5" on top of the interfacing, right side uppermost and centred between the top and bottom lines, carefully matching the 3" line and edge stitch to hold
- Lay your first twist along this line, carefully matching the long raw edges and edge stitch to hold
|The twist hasn't been edge stitched in this photo as yet|
|Now it has...|
- Lay 1 1.25" x 5" spacer on top of the twist, matching raw edges and sew through all thicknesses with a 1/4" seam where you just edge stitched
- Turn main fabric over to the right and press (the long edge of the folded out spacer should be aligned with the next 3/4" line drawn on the interfacing)
|Oops - forgot to take a photo after the first one, but it's just the same all along - here's the 1.25" x 5" spacer folded out after the 2nd twist and ready to be edge stitched|
- Edge stitch the raw edge
- Continue adding the twists in this manner until you have stitched down the last one.
- You will not have any spacers left, but that's ok, because now you'll use the 5" x 6.5" piece to complete the width of the panel
4. Create the Twist:
- from the back of the piece, sew along one of the 1.5" lines to hold your twists in place
|I've turned it over so you can see what it should look like|
- fold the other end of each twist to the opposite side and pin to hold
- Stay stitch along the 1.5" line at the bottom to hold
|the panel is looking a bit wonky now, but don't fret - it sorts itself out eventually!|
5. Complete the panel:
- Sew the remaining main fabric pieces (12" x 2.5") to the top and bottom of the panel and press open
- Trim the panel and use as you like....
Let me know if you have a go....and I'm linking up to Tutorial Tuesday over at Lawson and Lotti's