Vilene Sewing Club: Lace Zip Cosmetic Purse
This cosmetic purse was by far the most popular project of the whole series of workshops at this years Vilene Sewing Club – I know that mots of people were disappointed that they didn’t manage to get onto one of the limited spaces during the shows.
So, I’m delighted to be able to share with you the step-by-step guide for stitching up your own Lace Zip Cosmetic Purse!
Grab your supplies…
Print Cottons, 23cm x 30cm – select two contrasting designs, for the main fabric and the lining
Vilene Decovil 1 Light fusible interfacing, 23cm x 30cm
Lace Zip, 23cm
Begin by placing the piece of Decovil 1 Light, adhesive side down on to the wrong side of the piece of fabric – select the one that you would like outermost as this will become the main fabric. Cover with a slightly damp pressing cloth and using a wool setting on the iron bond in place.
Pro Tip! Once the Decovil 1 Light has been bonded to the wrong side of the fabric, remove from the ironing board and transfer on a cool flat surface – like a table – and leave for up to 30 minutes to cool. This allows the adhesive to fully cool and bond the pieces together firmly.
Place the main fabric – backed with Decovil 1 Light- and the remaining fabric – the lining- together with right sides facing and pin neatly together. With a straight machine stitch, work two seams, taking a 5mm seam allowance, at each of the short edges in turn to join the two fabrics together.
Turn the fabrics through to the right sides, folding the seam allowance down and press with the iron to neaten.
Place the sip along one of the seamed edges. Align the zip so that the lace tab is positioned flat with the fabric and so that the teeth of the sip are snuggly positioned along the folded edge of the fabric. Pin in place.
With a straight machine stitch work a line of stitching down the lace panel of the zip to secure it to the fabric. It is not essential to switch to a zipper foot for sewing the sip into place, simply ensure that the stitches are positioned neatly down the centre of the lace strip.
Remember that the sip has metal parts at each end and also the large metal zip tab – it is important not to sew over these sections as this will most like break the needle and can result in damaging the machine. When the line of stitching gets close to the zip tab, stop the machine with the needle down through the fabric, and simply lift the presser food and slide the zip tab past the sewing foot before lowering it and continuing along the stitching line.
Pro Tip! The lace is visible on the front of the project, so selecting a thread that best matches the colour of the zip is the best way to create a neat and even finish.
The second side of the zip needs to be stitched onto the main fabric – so roll the purse so that the lining fabric is outermost and align the zip on the right side of the main fabric in the same way as the first side. Opening the zip will allow you access to position the pins to secure the zip into place.
The zip is again secured with a straight machine stitch. Position the project with the right side of the main fabric and lace zip uppermost, this will allow you to position the stitches neatly down the centre of the zip. Fold the remaining section of the purse out of the way of the machine as you stitch. Ensure that you keep the stitches away from the metal section of the zip, raising and moving the zip tab as needed. You wont be able to stitch right to the end of the lace zip, no problem! Simply stitch to 1-2cm from the end of the zip, secure the stitches, remove the project and reposition the purse – lace zip facing upwards – and work the seam from the other direction to meet the line of stitching. Don’t worry about folding the fabric of the purse out of the way as you stitch.
With the lining side outermost, roll the zip to the centre of the purse and finger press the sides neatly and align the two short ends. Pin in place neatly. Now, heres for the most important past…open the zip half way! Let me say that again, open the zip! The next stage will be joining the two seams along the short ends, if the zip is closed you’ll end up with a purse that is inside out and can’t be opened…and you’ll be surprised at home many times this happens!
With a straight machine stitch, work each of the end seams in turn- remember to position the stitches to avoid those two metal sections at either end of the zip. Because the zip is open half way (you opened it right?!) the tab is in the centre of the project and wont be in any danger of being stitched over! Neaten the seams by trimming them down and snip the corners to remove the bulk for turning through.
Through the part open zip, draw the purse through to the right side and neatly press out the corners.
Tah Dah! You can give the purse a quick press to neaten the fabric and you have a sweet little lace zip cosmetic purse ready to stow all your goodies!
Fancy adding box corners to your purse? Check back next week for a quick step-by-step guide!
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Many thanks to all the companies that supported The Vilene Sewing Club workshops with materials and supplies –
Be sure to check for the next workshop project how-to guide!