Mentor: Allison Swink
Date: Sept 30, 2023 (Saturday)
Skill Level: Confident beginner and beyond
Request: All attendees are respectfully asked to refrain from wearing perfumes and scented lotions/oils due to allergy and olfactory sensitivities of some students and instructors.
Class Summary: We will be making the Harper Hold All zippered tote where we will learn zipper installation, two approaches to a boxed corner, making handles, turning the project (birthing method). I will share other fun projects to make with the skills learned in class.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Please cut out the front and back of bag, lining, handles (unless you opt to use webbed handles), inside pockets and the interfacings prior to class. Please also iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the front, back, lining and pockets before class.
NOTE: I found Stiff Stuff (called for in the pattern) to be difficult to work with. I also made the tote using Soft and Stable by Annie and it was almost as effective at keeping the tote “standing up” and was a bit less stiff, I thought in a good way, and was significantly easier to work with! (There are samples in the store made with both materials for you to see)
DON’T cut the box corners, we will discuss in class.
Required Supply List: (May be purchased at SewEndipitous if you don’t already have on hand.)
- Harper Hold All Pattern
- Exterior Fabric, lining fabric as per pattern
- Zipper – either a double pull or single pull purse (#4.5) nylon coil zipper will work.
- Stiff Stuff or Soft and Stable (see notes)
- Thread and bobbin matching or coordinating with your fabrics.
- Stitch ripper
- Fabric scissors and utility scissors (to cut the zipper)
- Sewing clips
- Sewing machine needles (extra in case of breakage)
- Sewing machine in good working order, be sure you are familiar with your machine.
- Rotary cutter, mat – large if you have it, ruler approx. 6” x 18”
- Zipper foot, regular sewing foot and walking foot if you have one.
- Stiletto such as By Annie is very helpful but not required (it is a great quilting tool as well)
- Marking tool of your choice suitable to mark your fabric. (You will want to have something that will show up on your fabric)
Fabric and zipper selection
- If you are new to sewing zippers, selecting a color that matches your fabric and using thread the same color will help hide irregularities.
- Fabric with a larger design tends to work best for the exterior.