Friday, June 14, 2013

Gifts to Sew for Father’s Day!

Below you will find this no sew bow tie and other great gifts to make for dad or father.

Bold Bow Ties

Materials:  fabric you would like to see our dad or man in, low temperature hot glue gun and glue, Iron, small bar pin, straight pins optional

Dimensions are based on the size you want your bow ties to end up, about 4 1/2″ x 11″.  Or 4 1/2 x 9, just to make the ties “chubbier”
Folded the strip lengthwise in thirds and pressed it flat then fold one side in towards the middle and press and then the other side as well. At this point you should add a dab of hot glue in between the layers.  Set aside until dry.
Take a matching piece of fabric measuring about 4 1/2″ x 2″ and folded it in thirds.  Press the strip flat.
Take the large piece and figured out the right “pinch” so all the little folds looked right.
Now keep a tight grip on the pinched bow and take the tinier folded strip and lay it over the pinched part, still holding it tight, with the ends of the strip facing the back of the bow. Extra set of hands may be needed or straight pins.
Sealed it shut with a dab of hot glue. (Do forget to take the pins out.)
Take a small bar pin and added hot glue to it and smoothed it firmly against the back of the bow tie placing it towards the top, and not centered because the bow tie tended to flop a little bit when you put the pin in the middle.

Sew a Nail Pouch for Dad

Materials:  18" by 14" piece of durable fabric (duck, canvas, denim). Use double fabric if both sides of the fabric are not the same color as in denim, double fold bias tape to compliment, scissors, sewing machine, ruler and/or rotary cutting board, and matching thread.

Cover one 18" edge with bias tape. This edge will be the top of the pouch.
Fold the 18" covered edge up on the 14" length, 5 1/2" from the finished covered edge.  Baste the edge seams.  Cover the seam edge with bias tape, enclosing the raw edges of the bias tape on the fold edge end.
Double stitch through the center of the 18" length as shown in the photo.
Using two yards of bias tape, centered on the top 18" raw edge, sew the bias tape to the pouch and stitch the bias tape to create the pouch ties.

Sew a Back Seat Vehicle Organizer

Materials:  Sturdy fabric such as heavy denim for the back pieces, Fabric with slight stretch for the pockets. For this example a sports net, so that you can keep an eye on what is being stuffed into the pockets, Fusible Craft Weight Interfacing, Fusible web, 7/8" to 1" wide Grosgrain Ribbon - approximately 10 yards, 1/8" wide or cording elastic, and Hook And Loop Tape

The Pattern
Due to the size of the pattern, you will have to make the pattern. Directions for Making the Pattern
Cutting and Preparation Directions
Cut two of the main pattern piece from denim or other sturdy fabric. Back each piece with fusible craft weight interfacing. Seal both pieces together with fusible web. The fusible web does not need to cover the whole piece. By using a full width of the web, in the lengthwise center of the piece, it will hold the layers together and make them easier to work as one layer.

Cut one of each pocket. If you are using a one way print, the wider edge of the two lower pockets is the top edge and the narrower edge of the top pocket is the top edge.
Press approximately 7 yards of the grosgrain ribbon in half lengthwise.
Find the center of the bottom of each pocket piece. Run a basting stitch in a 6" area of the center of each pocket, to gather the pocket.
On the top edge of each pocket, sandwich the pocket fabric and narrow elastic inside the folded grosgrain ribbon. Stitch the ribbon through all the layers. Do not catch the elastic in the stitching. Allow the elastic to lay flat and leave enough to grab at each end for gathering purposes when you place the pocket on the main piece. (If you are a beginner, you may find it easier to baste the pocket to the bottom layer of the ribbon before working the elastic and top stitching all the layers).
Place the bottom of the 8" deep pocket along the bottom of the backing piece. Gather to fit and stitch the pocket in to place, in the outside 1/4" edge. Line up the edges of the pocket with the edges of the backing, stitch up to the elastic casing but do not stitch the casing. Pull the elastic to make the pocket fit to the backing. DO NOT pull the elastic too tight. This will cause the backing piece to want to curl. Tack the elastic into place. Reinforce the stitching by stitching over the elastic a couple of times on the outside 1/4" edge.
For the middle pocket, Place the edges of the pocket 1/2" above the ends of the bottom pocket. Gather the pocket bottom to fit the backing. Place the bottom edge inside a folded piece of grosgrain ribbon. Pin the pocket bottom into place and stitch the pocket to the backing. Make a row of top stitching on the upper and the lower edge of the grosgrain ribbon to add strength to the bottom of the pocket.
For the top pocket, line the side edges up with the backing piece. Gather the bottom of the pocket to fit and repeat the construction of the middle pocket.
Attach 4.5" of hook and loop to the 8" strips of flat grosgrain ribbon and 7" of hook and loop to the 17" strips of flat grosgrain ribbon.
Attach the non hook and loop ends of the grosgrain ribbon, as shown in the diagram. Reinforce the attachment of the strap, by stitching the strap on to the body of backing many times in the outside 1/4" edge.
Place the folded grosgrain on the entire edge of the backing piece. Stitch it in to place. The bottom corners will need you to miter the ribbon. This can be eliminate by slightly rounding off the corners.

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