This week we will be making the final 2 pages of our Traveler’s Hand Stitching book – the needle page, and a zippered pocket page. Not quite as easy as last week’s pages, but still not very difficult. Just a little more involved.
It’s not to late to start if you are joining us for the first time. The supply list was posted December 28. Instructions for the outside cover was given Jan 4th, and the first for inside pages were made last week.
Page 5 – Needle Page (same size as pages 2, 3 and 4)
- 1 piece fabric 10” x7”
- 1 piece fusible fleece 9½” x 6½”
- 2 pieces of fabric 1 ¾” x 11”
- Two 12” pieces of ½” self-covered piping cord
- Two pieces of felt 2” x 4”, with one end cut into a tip at a 45 degree angle
- Cotton embroidery thread, as desired
- Fuse fleece to the fabric, leaving ¼” around all sides
- Make your first tube by folding the long edge of the fabric strip in half with RST. Stitch with 1/4″ seam.
- Turn RSO and press, with the seam in the center back.
- Insert piping. I use a drawstring threader or you could use a pin.
- Repeat to make a second tube.
- Center felt tabs at 3” and 7” along the long edge. Pin in place
- Position the piping tubes horizontally at the 3” and 4 ½” positions over the felt strips. Pin in place. (they will extend past the page at this point)
- Hand stitch some large X’s where the felt tabs and tubes intersect. (I used 3 strands of DMC thread)
- Baste the tubes in place at the sides. Cut the tubes to make them the same length as the page, and clip away as much of the cording as possible at the sides, to eliminate bulk in the seam allowance.
- Label this as page 5 and set aside.
Page 6 – Zippered Pocket Page (same size as page 1)
- 1 piece fabric 11” x 8” (lining)
- 2 pieces fabric 8” x 7 ½” (bottom section – top and facing)
- 2 pieces of fabric 4” x 8” (upper section – top and facing)
- 2 pieces fabric 2” x 3” (tabs)
- 1 piece fusible fleece 7½” x 7”
- 1 piece fusible fleece 3 ½” x 7 ½”
- In addition, you will need a 6” zipper
- Make one of the tabs by folding the fabric in half along the long edge RST and sewing the two side seams. Turn right sides out. Iron and set aside.
- For the other tab, fold it in half WST, and sew it to the tail of the zipper. This will extend the zipper. Trim to make it the same width as the zipper. NOTE: some zippers are long enough that you do not need this tab, or you could use a longer zipper and cut it to fit.
- Fuse fleece to the top fabrics of the upper and bottom sections, leaving ¼” around all sides
- We will insert the zipper to the bottom section first. Lay down the top piece (the one with the fusible fleece) with the right side up. Place the zipper down along the upper edge of the fabric, face down. (Note: it is easy to get the sides and upper/bottom edges mixed up on this piece. The upper edge will be 8” long) Line up the zipper selvage to the right edge. The tab we added at the other end will extend past the edge. This will be trimmed later.
- Place the facing piece, wrong side up, down over the zipper and sew along the edge with a ¼” seam. You may want to use a zipper foot and get closer to the teeth, but I like to use zippers as part of the decoration.
- Flip the fabric away from the zipper, so that the 2 pieces of fabric are wrong sides together. Iron.
- Repeat the same procedure for the upper section. Topstitch on both sides of the zipper.
- Position the remaining tab under the teeth of the zipper head (centered) and baste in place.
- Place your completed page right side down on the table (facing side up). Also place your lining piece right side down on top of the zipper page. The lining page should be slightly smaller than the zipper page. Baste all 4 sides around the lining, and then trim the zipper page so that it is the same size as the lining page. It should finish at 11” x 8”.
Phew! This is it! The pages are done. Next week we will put it all together.