Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I have a Christmas present for everyone.  I decided to give you the instructions for the Fit to be Ruler Case.  Several people have asked me for the pattern so here it is:

Supplies:
1/2 yard for main body of bag
3/8 yard for lining
1/8 yard for accent
1/2 yard fusible fleese
zipper

Instructions:

From the fabric for the main body, cut:
2 - 12" x 12 1/2" pieces
1 - 3" strip
From the lining fabric, cut:
2 - 13" x 16" pieces
From the accent fabric, cut:
2 - 3" x 12" pieces
From the fusible fleese, cut:
2 - 13" x 16" pieces
1 - 3/4" strip

Piecing:

Press the 3" strip of main fabric, in half, wrong sides together.


Open up and place the fusible fleese at the fold with the fuse side downs. 

Bring up the raw edge to meet in the middle repeat for the other side, fold and press.  Fold again and press.  Sew an 1/8" from both edges to make the handle.  Cut the handle in half so that you have 2 - 20" handles.



Place the lining with wrong sides up on an ironing board.  Place the fusible fleese with fusing side to the wrong side of the lining.  Fuse in place.  Repeat for both lining pieces.  Lay the accent piece near the top approximately 1/2" away with right sides up.  Lay a handle piece 3" in from both ends of the accent piece with the raw edge of the accent piece even with the raw edge of the handle. 

 Place the 12" x 12 1/2" piece of main body, right sides together on the accent piece, sandwiching the handle.  Pin in place.  Sew 1/4" seam, catching all layers.  Press down towards the main piece.

Sew an "X" on the handle where it meets the bag.  Sew 3 quilting lines from the accent piece down to the bottom.  Repeat for both sides of the bag.



Sew around both pieces using an 1/8" seam to anchor it in place.  Trim the excess batting and backing off even.




Sew on the zipper as desired.  I used Terry Atkinson from Atkinson Designs method for sewing on zippers.  Her instructions make it very easy.









Turn the pieces right sides together and sew down the two sides.  Make sure that the zipper is open!  Then sew across the bottom.  Zig-zag the edges so that they don't fray.



Create a squared corner, sewing in 3/4" from the corner.  Repeat for both bottom corners.  Trim to a 1/4" and zig-zag the edges.



 
Put in your Fit to be Rulers and go!



I'd love to see pictures of your Fit to be Case, so please send me some pictures. 

My helper - Tillie
Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! 

2 comments:

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It's on my 'to do' list for 2012.

LeAnne said...

Happy Holidays...Miss you abd Tillie...:)