Friday, 24 July 2015

Felt Triangular Coin Purse With Keyring

Some people may not interested in making crafts that required a complicated method or many steps to be followed. How about a triangular coin purse?  It seems not easy to sew a triangular coin purse with cloth fabrics, especially  those with lining and sponge. If you think some of the patterns that you searched from the internet are too complicated for you, then you can try out this simple pattern with felt cloth. This pattern required hand stitching, it is made entirely by hand. If you know how to do the backstitch, then, it is not a problem for you to get the work done.

1. a piece of  3.5" x 6" felt cloth
2. a piece of  3" zipper ( Shorten your zipper if it is too long for the project.)
3. two lengths of 3.5" self-adhesive decorative ribbon ( a conventional ribbon also could be used.)
4. a length of 1.5" fine ribbon.
5. a small keyring
6. matching sewing thread.

1. Take the 1.5" fine ribbon and slip the keyring onto the ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and sew the ends together. A ribbon loop with keyring is done and set it aside.

2. Place the felt cloth right side up, stick on the self-adhesive decorative ribbon along the both short edges of the felt cloth respectively. If you are using conventional/regular ribbon, then you have to pin it in place. Sew the ribbon to secure in position using back stitch as shown in the photo below.

3. Then fold the felt cloth in half with the short edges meet at the center. In this step, your work should be placed right side out. Put the zipper under and between the two short edges, then pin it in place. The either sides of edges should be spaced apart evenly, the distance between the teeth and the edge is about 0.1" (approx.2mm).  As the second photo shown below, using matching sewing thread to top stitch a 0.1" ( approx. 2mm) seam along the edges respectively.

4. Turn your work wrong side out with the zipper set at the center and the tail of the zipper facing your right hand side. Sandwich the loop with keyring between the layers at the top right. The tail of the loop should be aligned with the edges. Then, Sew a 0.25" (approx. 0.6mm) seam to close the edges.

5. For the other side,  set the zipper to the side. Pull the puller slightly down and bend the top of the zipper as shown in the photo. Sew a 0.25" (approx. 0.6mm) seam to close the edges.

6. Done. The photo shown below is the wrong side of the finished triangular coin purse with keyring.

7. Turn the coin purse to the right side. It will turns into a whole new appearance. No matter from which angles, it will give you a pleasant look. What's more, it is not only handy but cool!

How to Shortern a Regular Zipper

What if you wish to shorten a zipper? If  you have a regular zipper with plastic teeth, that is pretty easy. You can create a new bottom stopper by sewing a few straight stitches over the teeth and cut the extra length. First, close your zipper and mark the point where the new bottom stopper should be placed on the zipper. At the spot where you have drawn a mark, start insert your threaded needle from the underneath and come up beside the teeth, create a bar tack over the zipper teeth by inserting and exiting the needle on either side of the teeth about 6 - 8 times and tie a knot at the back of the zipper. Cut across the zipper about half an inch below the bar tack using scissors.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Picot Cast On

What is picot cast on? Picot cast on is a knitting method used to create a set of small picots or bobbles at cast on edge of your knitting piece. It can be paired with picot bind off and create a really wonderful girlish look edging.

The picot cast on can be varied depending on the size and how far apart you want the picots to be. The picot can be made with just one stitch if you want a subtle look or it can be made with more stitches if you want it to be impressive. So, you can do it with any number of cast on stitches and any number of bind off stitches. Of course the size of a picot may vary depending on the type of yarn you are using.

I am going to show you how I make a two-stitch picot cast on ( cast on four stitches and bind off two stitches for each point). The instruction shown below starts by casting on four stitches.


1. Using the knitted cast on, cast on four stitches
2. Knit two stitches, bind off two stitches. (Now, you should have one stitch left on your right needle.)
3. Transfer the single stitch on the right needle onto the left needle.
Repeat these three steps until the desired number of stitches that needed for your knit.

  • Photo no 1. shown is the four stitches done by the knitted cast on at the starting point.
  • Photo no.2 shown is a picot that created after you have bound off two stitches and transfer the single stitch on the right needle onto the left needle.
  • Photo no 3. shown is a row of three picots.

  • This method is requires a bit of extra yarn and it may take a bit more time than a normal/plain cast on.
  • The picots can be spaced further apart by cast on more stitches. 
  • If you want to make a bigger picot, cast on more stitches and then bind off more stitches. For example, if you want to make a three-stitch picot, you have to cast on 3 stitches for picots and then bind off the three stitches.

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