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When Big Kids Wear Warm Knitted Things

It occurred to me yesterday that the title of my blog is “When Big Kids Play Dress-up” and yet there’s hardly anything costume-related in here.

I’ve been sewing since I was about fourteen. I had gone to see Lord of the Rings with a friend and came home having decided to be Arwen when I grew up. Since then it’s grown increasingly dangerous for me to watch any sort of sci-fi/fantasy movies/tv shows because I will inevitably end up at the nearest fabric store picking out fabrics and notions so I can run home and recreate my favorite costumes whilst my bank account shrieks in pain.

In fact, I started this blog as a place to showcase and write about costuming adventures. Except then I learned to knit and since then pretty much everything has been about knitting projects. Whoops.

The point of all this rambling is, I’m going to have to remedy this. So expect some costumey-related posts in the near future.

Tutorial: Zippered Pouch

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I really wish I’d thought to buy more than one zipper because I have enough fabric to make at least three and it’d be so cute to have matching ones in different sizes.

These are really easy to make, too!

You can make these in pretty much any size, as long as your zipper is long enough. If it’s too long, that’s ok, you can just trim it and the side seam will act as the zipper end. I measured my fabric to 6″ x 9″ and out of sheer laziness, I pinned all four layers together and cut them all at once.

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This might be difficult to see in the photo, but next I took one of each type of fabric and put them together, wrong sides facing out, and then put the zipper between them, pinned it, and sewed them together. The front side of the zipper should be facing the right side of the outer fabric so the zipper won’t be stuck inside the bag once you’ve turned everything right side out.

If you don’t have a zipper foot or can’t be bothered to learn how one works (*guilty*) it helps to unzip the zipper about halfway, sew that half, and then re-zip it to sew the bottom half.

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Once that’s done, you should be able to flip the wrong sides over so the right sides are visible and it should look like this.

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Now with these sides flipped down like this, do the same thing to the other side of the zipper. Make sure you have the fabrics facing the right sides (lining fabrics should be facing right sides together and ditto outer fabrics).

When you’ve sewn that seam, you should be able to flip those over as well and it should look like this.

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Next, flip the pieces so the lining is all on one side and the outer fabric is all on one side. Make sure you unzip it at this point.

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Pin around the entire thing and sew 1/4″ from the edge around it, leaving about a 2″ gap at the bottom of the lining part. The zippy bits of the zipper should be facing the lining side so they’ll tuck properly when you turn it right side out.

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Turn the entire thing inside out.

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Pin and sew the bottom edge to close the gap.

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Tuck the lining into the outer fabric.

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And voila!

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I pricked my finger about eighty times today.

Today a package arrived from my sister, and when I dumped out the contents it looked like an army of tiny cloth ghosts.

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Back story: we’ve both been drooling over fancy Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters duvet covers that we can’t seem to justify doling out $345 for and recently I came across this lovely DIY tutorial.

She doesn’t have her sewing machine with her at school so she cut out all of the squares, sewed the bunchy thing in the middle, and then mailed them to me to sew together.

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It’s kind of a bitch to do but it’s coming along surprisingly quickly. I’m pretty sure this would be tons easier with some sort of quilting tabletop grid thing (my grandma is cringing to herself while she reads that) but so far pinning 60% of the surface and attacking it with a tape measure after every seam seems to work pretty well.

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The finished duvet cover is going to be six squares by six squares, and each sewn square is 15″ x 15″, totalling 90″ x 90″. So far I’ve sewn two rows of six squares together.

Andd she’s agreed to make me another set of squares so I can make my own duvet cover. Seesterly sweatshopish bonding? Yee!

Somehow I’ve also managed to finish all of the body of Georgia and am currently working on one sleeve. I also cast on the back of Hermione McRainbowpants and am about to start armhole decreases, Stockholm is about 2/3 of the way done, and I’m literally about an hour away from finishing the sapphire Damask. I also cleaned out the car, stored all of my crap that I’m not bringing, and finished packing everything (I’m moving across the country on Saturday) except things like toothbrushes and the clothes I’m currently sporting.

I’m fairly certain that my days have suddenly started lasting 30 hours instead of the standard 24.