Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tutorial Tuesday - recycled wool tissue cover
I had made some tissue covers for Christmas presents, as some of you may remember. I had made a rectangle, and sewed it up, but I just wasn't happy with how the corners stuck out on those. I set to work, and through trial an error found an easy way to make squared off corners. Here is my tutorial!
First, you want to use a wool that has been felted, but not felted stiff. You want a little stretch, since all pocket packs of tissues are not the same size. They are close enough that they will be fine, as long as you have a smidge of stretch.
Next, make a rectangle pattern that is 7" x 5 1/4". Cut out your rectangle using your pattern. Make one of the shorter sides the hem of the sweater, if you want a nice finished edge.
If you are going to sew on an applique, this is the best time to do it.
Now fold it the way it will be, but inside out, making sure your finished edge is on the inside... I made the mistake of doing the reverse TWICE! Me and my seam ripper are close ;) . You can now sew the sides.
Here comes the corner part. Flatten the corners, sew across them, then snip off the excess fabric, and you will have nice squared corners.
Flip it right side out and voila! You're done!
If you want the corners sticking out for animal/monster ears, just don't sew those corners, like on this one:
I will sell some at the fairs this summer, so i'm making some now, while I still have the time. Can I ask which ones you like best (you can click on the picture to see them bigger)? I want to see which designs I should concentrate more on. I am very proud of my little bird. I made my own template, and surprised myself with how good it turned out. Any suggestions for other designs I should do?