The top edge sides of the Snappy Top bag can be tricky. I’ve added a few steps that have made the process easier. I also made a gift for one of T2’s friends in the process. I’m going to update my tutorial page with these new buttons. They are a little more classy than what I have now. A new basket tutorial is coming soon.
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My second entry for the Iron Crafter sheets/pillowcase challenge is a stroller caddy. My friend needed one, they are $15 and up in price and I had an extra pillowcase from the floor pillow, SOOO I made one 🙂
Step 1 – Find the center of the bottom of the pillowcase. Pin the first piece of elastic 1″ from center, 1/4″ from bottom & 1-1/2″ from outside edge. Stretch and sew the elastic in place.
Step 3 – Fold the back flap up under again. You should have a the elastic pocket, another pocket and the opening to the pillowcase. turn it to the backside and fold the edges in. Fold in far enough to catch the elastic edge without pulling it tight. Stich 1/4″, then again 1/8 in. I top stitched the bottom layers together once the sides were done.
Step 4 – Make the straps
Step 5 – attach straps to stroller caddy at top (including the backside flap) and at the sides 2 1/2″ from the bottom. Stitch with square and x for more support.Step 6 – Sew on velcro. I would base the position of the velcro on your stroller. It varies by model.
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You will need 2 pillowcases – a colored or patterened one for the outside and another of your choice for the inside (as long as they are similar in size.)
A piece of contrast fabric (I used white) about 18 x 8 1/2, Contrasting fabric scraps for name letters, fusible webbing, contrast fabric for handle 4 x 14 in, 2 -14″ zippers, 2 scrap pieces (1x2in) for zipper covers.
Step 1 (optional) – make name panel based on length of name. I made my letters 5″ tall with 1 1/4 in white space on each size. Fuse them to your panel and zig zag stitch around them. Spray or use fusible webbing to place the name panel in the center of the pillow case and zig zag around then edges to hold in place.
Step 2 – With the pillow case laying flat, mark and cut 3 3/4″ up (and down) and 3 1/2″ from the sides.
Step 4 – Attach the handle on the top seam side of the pillow case 5″ in from each side. Stitch it in place using the square and X for stability.
Step 5- Turn pillowcase inside out, match the corners and sew 1/4″ seam allowance. Do all 4 corners.
Step 8 – Open the zipper and pin it to the other side and sew along the edge with a zipper foot. Make sure you have tucked your zipper cover in the seam.
Step 9 – Make an identical (sans handle and name panel) pillow for the inside and fill it with polyfil and bean bag beans. The beans make it comfy and the polyfil makes it pop back into shape once they get up (no squashed look)
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I call this a snappy top bag because it makes a snapping sound when it opens and closes. It uses a metal tape measure for the closure (mine is 3/4 in. and I got it a Dollar General). It’s the perfect size for personal items in a gym bag and my daughter uses it to take her make-up for after a game. I made another one posted here. The bag design is mine, but I saw the metal tape measure idea somewhere else but of course couldn’t find it to give credit.
You need to cut 1 7 x 9 piece for the outside and 1 for the lining. You will also need to cut 2 pieces 2-3/4 by 7-1/4 in a contrasting fabric. Cut 1 piece of stiffy (my shortcut name for fusible interfacing – relatively stiff) 6-1/2 by 8-1/2 and two pieces 2-1/4 by 6-1/2. (I used some fabric I tie dyed and put a soccer ball on it with a freezer paper stencil)Iron stiffy on the wrong side of the lining fabric, then fold and stitch the lining and outside fabric using 1/4 in seam allowance.Now mark your corner 3/4 in. from sides and 1/2 in. from bottom.Iron seams open, then fold, pin, and sew the corners for lining and outside both.
Turn outside right side out and nest the lining inside, push down at the base from the inside to align the seams. Trim the top of the bag so the lining is even with the outside.Cut the measuring tape 6 in long and wrap the outside with duct tape. I trim the duct tape to make it easier to thread later.
Iron the stiffy onto the remaining pieces. You will do some pressing with these to make them easier to use later. You will press ONE of the 2-3/4 sides in 1/4 (this should be easy if you cut your stiffy accurately). Then press the long sides in 1/4 in. Now fold in the center and press.You will pin and sew this on the top like you would quilt binding. Open the top piece and pin it to the top of the bag. When you pin the other side, make sure a pressed edge is on the bottom and the raw edge is on the top. Sew one continuous seam around the edge.
Fold the top over and pin covering the seam allowance on the inside. Sew on the outside about 1/8 from the original seam (if you go too far in, the tape measure won’t fit); again don’t sew past the outside seam allowance. :: I pin and sew on the outside edge of the bag and I sew all the way around the top edge::
The last part is a bit tricky but it finishes the sides well. Someone might have a better way of doing this – feel free to let me know 🙂 :: If you have overlapped the edges as seen in the updates, this part should not be as tricky::
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