The next step in the process was to decide how I wanted to use this new fabric. I searched my Pinterest page for some inspiration. I also reviewed some of the classes that I have taught, since it would be easy to recreate something that you have all ready had success with. I decided that I would use the t-shirt to create a jacket similar to one that I had previously taught using a sweat shirt as a base.
|This is the sample from my sweatshirt/jacket class.|
Next I straightened the edges of the pieces and decided what I wanted to do to increase the size of the T-shirt fabrics. I would need to increase the size of the piece to allow enough ease since the quilted fabric would respond like a woven instead of a knit fabric. I decided to use the peacock fabric in a color block manner that would appear on the sides of the jacket. I also used the same fabric as a yoke on the top of each piece. In addition, I pieced some 4-patch blocks to increase the width of the back piece.
|Squaring up the T-Shirt Fabric|
|Inserting the 4-Patch blocks on the back|
|Adding side and yoke fabrics|
|Working on the front pieces|
|Using my Nature Inspired Quilting Motifs to create new fabric!|
At this point, I decided that I needed to change to a project that could be completed in a shorter amount of time using what I had all ready completed. So I scoped out my studio, and found a great peacock zipper. This inspired me to decided to create a zippered pouch! Something that I could complete in the remaining time. So I squared up my quilted piece, and got my serger ready to go!
|The Quilted Piece with the Peacock Zipper|
|The serged top edge of the bag.|
Then I pressed the raw edges to meet at the center fold.
I then put the stop end of the zipper in to the end piece and stitch the open end closed.
|Inserting the Zipper into the End Piece|
|Sewing the End Piece Closed|
Next place the outside edge of the zipper on the edge of the serger stitches. Sew the zipper on one side of the bag. To make this easier unzip the zipper and sew down a portion of the zipper. Then insert the needle into the zipper and lift the presser foot. Zip up the zipper, pulling the zipper pull behind the presser foot. Lower the presser foot and continue stitching the zipper to the top of the bag.
|Stitching the zipper on the right side of the bag's edge.|
|Pull the zipper pull behind the presser foot and continue sewing.|
|Sewing in the tube to attach the other side of the zipper.|
|Looking at the edge of the bag to see the "W" to create depth.|
|Where to place your pins when serging.|
Then turn off your serger blade. It is best not to use a blade when serging around zippers. Using the same threads and settings, serge down each side. Use a small amount of Fray Block to seal the beginning and ending stitches. Let the Fray Block dry then trim away the excess tails.
|Serged inside seam of the bag.|
|Back side of the bag.|
|Zipper on the bag|
Sew Long! -Linda