For the third quarter of the year we are featuring two patterns in our Bag Kit, SLO Studio’s Radiate Wallet and Aneela Hoey’s Zip Up Tray Pouch!

Radiate Wallet

I absolutely love the Radiate Wallet’s exterior flap. Such a fun pop of color! The flap is paper pieced, which I don’t do very often, so I always have to go back and watch Violet Craft’s YouTube video to get the first two pieces going. Then, like riding a bike, it comes back! Have you tried Violet’s seam roller by the way? Amazing.

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Once the flap is done, it’s really a pretty quick pattern.

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When I’m making a bag, I like to fuse all the interfacing at once, so it’s all done and I don’t have to stop sewing to fuse. After fusing all the interfacing, it’s time to install the coin pocket zipper and sew the long side of the coin pocket interior pieces together. You don’t have to worry about the sides, as they will get sewn when the exterior panel and interior panel are sewn together. Press the coin pocket down, away from the flap and you’re ready for the interior!

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I finally tried a Hera Marker for marking where to top stitch the middle of the card pockets, this thing is glorious! I also used the height compensation tool when sewing over bulky sections, like the second bank note pocket. Also amazing, why have I never used these tools before?!

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After all the pockets are sewn on, it’s time to install the magnetic snap. If you’ve never installed one before, here’s a little step by step.

First mark a little cross where you want the snap centered.

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Take the washer and center it over the cross intersection and mark where the prongs holes will need to be.

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Use sharp snips to cut the prong holes, I cut them a little smaller than they need to be, because I don’t want them too big and have them show!

Push the snap through the holes from the right side of the fabric, then place the washer on top, and finally a 1” square of interfacing to reinforce the area. Fold the prongs outward and fuse the interfacing! Repeat with the other half of the snap.

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Time to sew the exterior and interior panels together, turn, and top stitch all the way around. Done! Enjoy your wallet!

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Zip Up Tray Pouch

So, I personally think Aneela Hoey is a genius when it comes to pouches. Her Zip Up Tray Pouch, Double Zip Box Pouch, and Open Out Box Pouch, ahh, so great! The Zip Up Tray seemed totally intimidating to me, but after completing it, so easy!

I’ve never made bias binding before, so I was pretty excited to learn how to make it. I always like small projects when I’m first trying something. I’m easily intimidated, ha!

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As you can see in the photo below, I’m using a heavy bookend to flatten my interfacing, as it was a little curved from the store.

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One thing that I was totally bummed about was that I could not find a 10” separating zipper in Calgary. I didn’t want to make my tray any smaller by using a 9” zipper, so I went with 12” and have a little tail. Our #culcitacrew won’t have a little tail, you will all have 10” zippers.

Really, this pattern is so simple, install zipper, check.

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Top stich and insert interfacing strips, check.

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Sew on binding, check.

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End piece interfacing and stitching, check.

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I think the trickiest part is sewing on the end pieces. But a zipper foot really helps, and going slow of course. Going slow is not my forte. Heh.

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To finish the bag, hand sew the corners of the end pieces, where your machine can’t get to, and hand sew the binding down.

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Zip it up, done! This pouch is so nifty, I love it!

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