It has been half term here and a welcomed week off - which meand one thing for my daughter "mummy can I do some sewing!" I had thought about it thankfully, so had a few suggestions for her. She decided to make a PE bag. Good choice!
Here are the fabrics she chose.
Cut out 4 rectangles two from each fabric. The pink will be the lining. These are approx 15" x 20"
On the top end of the fabric fold over and press. Do this to each piece of fabric. Then sew that edge down. Repeat until all four fabrics are the same.
She's getting stuck in. * note I got her to do some practice sewing on the machine to refresh her. If you are doing this with your little one give then time to practice too.
Here are the pressed and stitched top edges.
Look at those little fingers!
With the fabric the wrong way round you want to sew the two fabrics together. Lay them ontop of each other. Wrong sides together. On the lining I drew a dot from where to start stitching. This dot is a few inches from the top. (This will eventually be folded gown to create a tunnel for your ribbon to go through - So fold down and then put your dot)
I drew a line from the dot all the way to the bottom round the corner and then leave a gap on the bottom edge and then back up the other side up to the same place where the dot would be. Sew on that line.
Do the same to the outside fabric.
But you don't need a bottom gap but you don't need to sew the bottom corners. So leave a gap on the two bottom corners. (This will be where your ribbon will go)
Here you can see where you sew from.
Next step turn the fabric round the right way. And insert the lining into the outer fabric.
Now fold down the top edge into the bag with both layers together. Folding down enough space for ribbon.
Turn it inside out and find the edges that create a 'V' shape. I drew a line on. Pin in place and stitch on that line. Repeat this to the other 'V' shape.
(You could leave this step out but you will find it really neatens the edge wjere the ribbon comes out and is worth it ;-) )
Turn round and press that 'V' down.
Edges are looking good.
Remember you pressed down the top edge? Fold it fown again and pin together.
Stotch as close the open edge as possible. Temember your ribbon needs to fit in here.
She is doing so well.
Here you can see the tunnels for the ribbon.
** Almost done!
Cut two pieces of ribbon. At least 1.5m each. Attach a safety pin to one ribbon, on one end. And thread it through from one end. Repeat with other ribbon from the other end.
Pull the ends and pull down into the corner of the outer fabric. Pin into place.
Sew those ends into your corners. Back stitch a few times to make this really secure.
Last thing to do is stitch the gap in your lining together.
And thats it!
Let's take a look....