Because I love you guys, I'm going to share a dirty little secret. There's a certain bargaining technique I may or may not have used over the years. I will not incriminate myself. Sometimes, when a person is reluctant to accept a lower price for something, you can fish around in your pouch and go "oh, shoot! You really won't take fifty cents for that? It's all I've got left today..." when you really do have a few more bills stashed in your pocket. But they don't know that. Rat bastard and dishonest? Negotiation, folks. And here's the way I look at it. Someone later in the day is going to offer them a lower price, and they're going to be at the point where they realize they'd be better off getting SOMETHING for it rather than going straight to Goodwill for free. My Daddy didn't raise no fool who doesn't haggle. Seriously. My Dad would always send my sister or I up (adorable little blonde-haired girls) to the person in charge and tell us to ask if they'll take a quarter, or whatever. The poor sucker couldn't say no to an adorable little girl. That still kind of works to my advantage even now. Not that I'm irresistibly cute or anything, but I turn up the "cute" charm a notch or two and be sweet as pie to them, and they'll usually accept my offer. Not that I'm not normally a nice person. WHAT?! I AM!! Hush, you.
Anyway, enough about my sneaky garage sale bargaining techniques. I have a present for you fellow garage sailors out there. Remember how I told you about the "hide the rest of your money" technique? I have just the thing for you. BEHOLD! THE GARAGE SAILOR POUCH!
|With a super sneaky hidden zipper for bluffing your way into bargains. Not that I ever do that.|
First of all, here's the pieces you'll need (click for full size pic):
Plus one more piece, because I didn't figure out the sizing until some of the assembly was already done. Just being honest. The three white pieces are fusible fleece, but next time I think I'd want to use a less thick interfacing. It would just make things a lot easier.
|This piece will be 3 1/4 in. (3.25") x 5in. (5")|
Cut a piece of interfacing (I used a medium weight craft interfacing) the same length, only 1" wide. Iron/fuse it smack dab in the middle like so:
Fold in half lengthwise, and iron to make a mark in the center like so:
Now fold your outer edges in to meet the center fold like so:
Then sew along each side:
Then take your clip of choice and do this, tucking the raw edge under:
Take the other raw edge and tuck it under the fold:
Then sew it closed. I recommend making a rectangle for strength:
Cut a piece of fabric that's about 3" x 2". I didn't use interfacing for this piece, but feel free to if you like. The length doesn't matter as much for this one.
You get the picture. I would have used a smaller D ring if I had one, but I use what I got.
Hooray! You're done with the little bits!
Onto the meat of the project. *deep breath* Okay, now I'm all nervous that I'm going to completely explain this wrong and confuse the heck out of you guys, and you won't read me anymore, and then I won't want to blog anymore and..and..and... *deep breath* Kidding. I'm in a goofy mood this morning. But really, I hope I write this out okay.
Let's start with the hidden pocket. Take the 2.5"x5" fabric and iron on the interfacing of your choice (mine is the polka dot fabric).
Do the same for the 5"x6" piece you want to be your "outside" fabric for other side of the pouch. Mine is the blue flowered big piece.
The last piece you're going to iron interfacing onto is the 5.5"x5" piece, but you're going to leave a gap so it looks like this:
|The 5" part is top to bottom, the 5.5" from left to right.|
|I was really tired and cut the ends of my zipper way too soon. Don't do that.|
Now let's do the other half of the front. Take the non-interfaced side of the 5.5"x5" piece and sew it wrong-side-up onto the right-side-up zipper (make sense? Have I lost you yet?):
Now comes the fun part. Fold the wrong sides together so the 5" sides meet, bringing the non-fused fabric over the fused part like this:
Give the folded edge a bit of an iron to mark the crease. You won't be sewing it yet though! We're going to add our ribbon, which is crucial to the whole "hiding the zipper" thing. The ribbon makes it look like it's just a decorative fun way to split up your fabrics. Sneaky, eh? Heh heh heh. I dove into my vintage ribbon collection my parents found.....guess where? GARAGE SALES! Pin in place, bringing it riiiiiight up to the folded edge, maybe even a smidge over. The ric rac on this ribbon worked perfectly for really disguising the edge!
|Flipped over, this is what it should look like|
|It would have been better if the ribbon was wider to come up closer to the zipper, but that's okay. I'm totally happy.|
When you flip the piece you just sewed over, the edges should meet up:
Now you can topstitch to keep the zipper flat and hold the two pieces together, making sure you lift up the "flap":
Sew along the edges to hold the front and back together to keep it all even, so the underneath of the bigger half should look like this:
|Like it's all one front and back piece|
|See? Sneaky hidden zipper underneath!|
Guess what? THE HARD PART IS OVER!!! Whew. Was that too confusing? Did I do okay? I'm so nervous about my first sewing tutorial. The only thing left to do for your entire outside half of the pouch is lay it wrong side down on top of the right-side-up 5"x6" piece like so (don't mind the marks on the fabric-we'll get to that in a sec):
stitch all along the outside edges to make it all one piece.
Okay, make the corner marks 1"x1" with a fabric marker or chalk or whatever you have. Then sew along those marks because we'll be cutting them like so:
Obviously, do the rest of your pieces too! See? You can totally understand how this is going to come together, right? Don't pay attention to what's going on on the right, I did some things out of sequence. I'm just writing it out so it's easier for you guys. This was highly experimental for me. Bring the sides of the notches together, and sew. Do this for all of the pieces.
Alright, let's take care of the main zipper. Cut two pieces of fabric that are 2"x2" and do this to them:
Cut your zipper to exactly 5"
Okey dokey, smooth sailing from here!
Pay absolutely no attention to the fact that the corners aren't pooched at this point. Like I said, I did some things out of order and re-arranged it for the tutorial. The corners should be pooched. Attach the thingeemabobber:
Sew the lining on the zipper like so:
Topstitch by the zipper to keep it nice and neat:
Now all that's left is to sew all around the edges! The zipper ends shouldn't be reaching the outer edge. That's how you get nice neat corners at the zipper.
Sewing where the white marks are where it says "leave open" is a really cool trick for making it easy to tuck your ends in when you finally sew the lining shut.
There you go! Turn it inside out!
Close up the opening
And you're done!
Well? How did I do? Clear as mud? Most awkward tutorial ever? It's okay. You can tell me. I can take it.
Now for the best part. Do you like this one? You can win it! Just leave a comment below and I'll randomly draw a number! You have until June 22nd to enter!
So go forth and sail thee some garages! As my Dad says "Bargains await! Ya never know!"