Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Pins & Needles, Matchbook Sewing Kit Tutorial

Okay! So here is my second sewing kit that's been bouncing around in my brain!
It's a matchbook style.
Shhh...don't tell anyone but this one is my favorite
I love how it folds. I love how it looks. I love how it's compact and light weight. I love how it uses up scraps. I love it!
Do you want to make one or five....You really could make five pretty quickly.
I promise!

  • Card Stock: 3" x  6"
  • Felt or Fleece: 3" x 5"
  • Cotton Fabric for the outside: 4" x 6"
  • Accent Cotton Fabric: 4"x 2.5"
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread 
  • Sewing Machine

Let's Get Started:

  • Cut card-stock, fabric and felt to specified sizes.
  • The 4" x 6" fabric will be the outside fabric.
  • Cover one side of the card-stock liberally with the glue.
  • Place Glue side down on the wrong side of the outside fabric.
  • Leave approximately 1/2" of fabric on either side of the card and the top.
  • The fabric will not cover 1/2" of the card on the bottom.
  • Smooth the fabric on the card making sure there are no air bubbles or wrinkles in the fabric.

  • With your sewing scissors notch out the corners of your fabric on the top edge of the card.
  • Cutting parallel to the 6" side of the card cut straight in to the corner 
  • Then cut away from the corner at about 45 degrees.
  • See picture above.

  • Place glue on the 3" side of the card.
  • Fold over the 1/2" of fabric and smooth it down to help it adhere to the card.

  • Do the same for the 6" sides, folding over and smoothing the fabric tight around the corners.

  • Working with the accent fabric mark and notch out rectangles.
  • Mark in 1/2" on each side of the 4" side.
  • Mark down 1" on the 2 1/2" side.

  • Use the glue stick to glue the felt on the back of the card.
  • The felt should line up with the edges of the card and cover the glued edges of the fabric
  • There will be 1" of the card on the bottom that the felt will not cover.
  • Glue the accent fabric to the inside (felt side) of the card as pictured above.

  • Turn the card over and glue the accent fabric on the other side.
  • Make sure the fabric is smooth.

  • Turn the card over again and adhere the flaps to the card with the glue.

  • This is what it should look like on the felt side and the outside.

  • Top stitch on the outside as close to the edge as possible around the perimeter and the inside edge of the accent fabric.

  • With the felt side up measure in 3/4" from the bottom edge.
  • Mark and score along that line. (You can use a ruler or a crochet hook to score) 
  • (The photo was taken out of order that's why you can't see the top stitching.)

  • Fold up the bottom edge where you scored the fabric and card.
  • Sew through all thicknesses 1/4 from the folded edge to create the match-book flap closure.

  • Fold the card in half, slide the top under the flap.
  • When you've got it where you want it crease the new top fold tightly and you're done!

  • Fill with your sewing essentials and you're all set to gift or go!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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