Tuesday, February 5, 2013
More Triple-Zips and a Tip!
Obviously, the pieces were fussy-cut to get those planes placed just right. But the front and backs also had to be cut separately and then sewn together at the bottom. I goofed at first and just cut the outside piece in half (with added seam allowances). But when I went to put it together I realized that the back is bigger than the front, so I had to re-cut those pieces.
The original pattern calls for an 8-inch width, but I wanted this one a bit wider to be able to hold pencils so I made it 9 inches wide. I also cut the fusible batting one inch shorter than the outside pieces. It still has that sturdy appearance the batting gives, but without all the bulk in the seams. I also cut the largest lining just 1/2-inch shorter, so it doesn't bunch up in the bottom of the pouch.
So...with all that said, on to my tip! First of all, I have to admit that this tip is not original with me. I read it in a quilting magazine recently, but I don't remember which one. However, I tried what they suggested and found that it worked, and that's why I'm sharing it here.
I have a rotary cutter for cutting paper that's entirely different from the ones I use to cut fabric. As you can see, it's labeled, "Paper," but it makes it much easier to grab the right one since it doesn't even look the same. I save my used blades and put them in this cutter until they won't even cut paper, then I toss them.
I'm linking with Connie at Freemotion by the River and Fabric Tuesday.