**UPDATE** Make sure you check out the new bonus features included in the pattern!
A few of you discovered I uploaded the pattern last night… :D
I’m really excited about it! You’ll find all the photos, description and materials list on the pattern page, but I’ll give you my highlights.
Perfect corners: As usual with my patterns, this is very much technique focused (as opposed to design – I’ll let you add the ruffles and patchwork!) I’ve done all the math and trial and error for you and given you 16 pages of step by step photos so you can achieve that perfect corner. Get your zippers out of the side seams for that wide-open result. Don’t make another dented corner zippered pouch!
Strap: I will be creating a detailed tutorial or video for the strap. Most of my testers really loved the strap construction, but a couple struggled with it. I added some more details to the pattern and I will also put something together like I did for my Pieced Strap Mini Tutorial. In the mean time, if you have questions, just ask! email me, write on the Facebook wall or tweet me! I’m happy to help! I think once you see how it’s done you’ll make them like that from now on.
Zippers: You’ll need at least 9″ zippers for this, but you can buy them longer so you can use them for purses too. I tend to buy 14″ zips. I highly recommend the YKK zips from Zipit. It’s worth waiting the extra couple of days to not struggle with a Coats & Clark zip from the big box store.
Make lots of them: Once you make one of these and get the hang of it, the easy rectangle shape sews up really quickly. No darts or boxed corners to deal with and the construction is really straight forward. You can reasonably make one of these for everyone on your list and really impress them!
Customize: I made one with boxed corners and a pleated ruffle and one with a back zippered coin pouch. Once you learn how to install the zipper you can go crazy making modifications until it’s perfectly your style. These are NOT part of the pattern, but if there is a huge interest in that back zippered pocket or the boxed corner style, let me know. Neither were exceptionally difficult modifications and I’d be happy to show you.
Size & Pockets: The wristlet has two size options and two pocket options. I use the small wristlet with the card pocket as my everyday wallet. It’s perfect for running into the store without my big purse or tote bag. My phone still fits in the main pouch, my debit card stays easy to find and it still fits my chapstick and keys. :) The larger size is perfect for date night or when you need to carry a little bit more, or like me when I went out of town and needed to keep my passport on me at all times. The same pocket will hold your passport or your iPhone in a case. (Even my new taller iPhone 5 in a case fits in the pocket. If you have a bulky case on yours, add 1/4″ to the width of the pocket.) You can also put the small pocket on the large wristlet, or be brilliant like Ellen and stack them on top of each other. :)
Interfacing: If you’ve ever made any of my patterns, you know I back everything in Pellon SF-101 woven fusible. But also, for this project, I used Pellon 926 as the sew-in interfacing for all of my samples except the blue one with the 2nd zipper, which has Pellon 50. I really love it. It turns easily and the wrinkles press out well. It’s in between Peltex 70 and Pellon 50, and it sews through like a dream and cuts away from the seams really easily and cleanly. I don’t know how easy it is to find 926 (My JoAnn has it.) but if you can’t find it, Pellon 50 works just fine. If you want a similar thick, sturdy feel you can use two layers. One layer will still hold the shape nicely, it just won’t have that substantial-yet-pliable feel. It’s really personal preference. You could even use batting like I did on this one.
That’s it! Any questions? Coming up…. those curvy cross body bags, any wristlet modification tutorials you demand, the no-raw edge pouch, possibly some additional helpful-hints-for-bagmaking posts… and I have LOTS of craziness coming up so I’ve been trying to cross anything I can off the list, which ends up being random stuff like sewing knit skirts and making my fancy shoes pretty while waiting for pattern testers. I’ll hopefully get the raw-edge pouch tutorial up before I go to Canada next weekend (SO EXCITED about that!)