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Now back to the needlework carrier!
If you missed the first part of the tutorial, you can catch up here.
If you're making your own version of the needlework carrier, it should look something like the picture on the left.
The "cover" of the carrier should be quilted and the bags should be sewn in with the wide ribbon sewn on top to cover the bag seam.
Now we will move on to the pockets.
For the pockets, you will use the two 9 x 12 1/2" pieces of fabric.
Press under a 1/2" along one of the 12 1/2" sides and then press it under again. Stitch down the middle of this fold. I used my Sulky PolyLite in Confetti and a feather stitch on my machine. Repeat with the other piece of fabric.
This will make the finished edges of the pockets.
Now, working on the left pocket and using a decorative stitch (I used the feather stitch again), you will make the scissor loop.
Cut a piece of velcro into a 1/2" x 3/4" rectangle. Pin the ribbon about 3" from the finished edge of the pocket (the finished edge should be on the right) with the pokey side of the velcro ending about 3 3/4" from the top raw edge. Stitch in place.
Fold a 1/4" of the ribbon in on itself, so it won't fray and stitch to the fuzzy side of the velcro. It should be free from the pocket fabric.
This picture shows the scissor loop closed so you can see why you can't sew the ribbon all the way to the pocket fabric.
Now you can see how the loop will actually hold a small pair of scissors!
Just slide the ribbon through one of the finger holes and reattach to the other piece of velcro. :)
For the pin cushion, use the 3" square piece of fabric and press a 1/4" in all sides. Flip over and pin in place about 3 1/4" from the finished edge of the left pocket and about 2 1/2" from the bottom raw edge. I pinned three sides in place, stitched and then stuffed with polyester fiberfill. Then I stitched around it all again.
In the picture on the right you will also see the tip of the open scissor loop.
The pin cushion can hold needles or straight pins that you might need for your projects.
Next, you will need to pin the pockets in place and baste all around the outside raw edge. (I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of this!) Match the raw edges of the pockets with the quilted rectangle. Be sure the finished edges of the pockets face inwards toward the bags. The left pocket should have the scissor loop and the pin cushion, while the right pocket should be plain. Baste in place.
Now trim any ribbon or fabric edges that are uneven and bind as you would for a quilt. This will finish the edges nicely and make the carrier more sturdy.
To make the handles. press a 3 x 12" pieces in half length wise. Then fold the raw edges toward the center crease and press again. Next, fold along the center and press so that the raw edges are encased. Repeat with the other handle.
Stitch down the center of each handle with a decorative stitch. I used the same feather stitch as I used before.
You're almost done! :)
Attach the handles to the inside of the carrier through all the layers. To begin, pin one end 3 1/2" from the top edge and 1 1/2" in from the side edge. Make sure the handle isn't twisted and pin the other end 3 1/2" up from the bottom edge and 1 1/2" in from the side edge.
Baste in place. Repeat with the other handle.
Cut two pieces of velcro 3/4 x 1". Separate the halves and stitch the pokey sides on the right handle and then stitch the fuzzy sides to the left handle, covering raw edges of the handles.
I flopped the bags to the middle so you could see what the completed, empty carrier looks like.
Now with the bags flipped back to the right, you can clearly see the finished pocket edges. These pockets are great to hold patterns, folded projects or even hoops!
The bags can hold threads, thimbles, and other stitching necessities.
So now I need to make one for myself! What are you going to fill your needlework carrier with? I'd love to hear your questions and feedback as well as see pictures of your completed carriers so please email me. Happy stitching! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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