Sunday, November 6, 2011

SEW DIABETIC BAG FROM SCRAPS-TUTORIAL



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Last year I had a day to play with some left over scraps.




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This was my older bag that I was using. I did pull the zipper off and save it for a further project.




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The bag holds all my supplies that I need to take with me.  The supplies need to not be exposed to moisture as this can give you false readings.  Plastic zip lock bags are sandwiched between the outside fabric and the inside lining.
TUTORIAL BELOW




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SUPPLIES
1.  2 pieces of fabric of your choice.  Measurements for the fabric will depend on you meter and supplies.  Some meters are much smaller.
2.  My pieces of fabric measured 12 1/2" X 7 1/2"
3.  A zipper of matching color or color of your choice
4. quart zip-lock bag.
5. a piece of bias tape of your choice. See making your own bias tape BIAS TAPE INSTRUCTION
6.  Thread to match
INSTRUCTION




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1. After cutting your fabric to its desired length, take the zip lock bag and cut down the sides till you have a rectangle.  Place it on the quilted fabric and attach the plastic bag to the edges with a zig-zag stitch. Then sew an + down the middle as you see in the photo.




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2.  Lay the fabric as you see in the photo above.




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3. Trim the edges until they are even with the fabric on top.




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4. Pin the long edges.  At this point you could zig zag the layers together if you prefer.




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5. Fold the material in half.




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6. Place a pin at the bottom in the middle like in the photo above.  This will mark your spot.  Since my material was plaid I could follow the stripe.  You may need to place a pin on each side. Then draw a line with a sewing chalk pencil from pin to pin to mark where you will start sewing.




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7.  Sew down the middle.




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8. From the middle stitch, measure out (I measured an inch) and mark where you want your other stitching to go to quilt the layers of fabric and plastic together. Continue doing this to the edge. See picture above.




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9.  Turn your fabric and repeat steps 7 through 8 till you have quilted squares.  This could be quilted in any fashion that you prefer




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10.  Pin zipper and sew it as shown in photos above.




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11.  Make sure that you secure the zipper on the end without the zipper tab as shown in photo.




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12.  Attatch your bias tape tab as show in photo above.




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13.  Fold in half inside out and sew up the sides over the zipper.  Zig Zag the edges to prevent raveling.




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Turn right side out, and you are finished.