The Ring Sling Sew Along with Mrs H – Part 1

Hello I’m Mrs H! Welcome to the sew-along for The Ring Sling This is the January Bag for the Bag of the
Month Club 2019 If you’d like to know more about the club
you can visit our website [happy music] In the first part of the sew-along we’re going
to be talking about the pockets We’re going to make the slip pocket
and we’re going to make the zip pocket Let’s get started! Okay so let’s get started on our lining panels
so this is one of my lining panels and I’ve got the zip pocket facing here So this is G1 the zip pocket facing this is
the thin bit and you’re going to place it right sides together
nine inches from the bottom And on that zip pocket facing it tells you
to draw a line along each bottom and each side at a certain distance from the edge so this
is half inches from the top and bottom and one inches from each edge In the middle of that draw a line down the
centre and a little triangle at each end this is going to show you where to cut later on once you’ve sewn it So sew around the outside of that box and then before you cut through push the facing up and away from you and then press it with your iron And then do the same with the top so push
it away from you and press with your iron And do the same for each end So after you’ve pressed it you’re going to
have your zip pocket facing all sort of scunched up like that but that’s how we want it and then we’re going
to cut the hole So through the magic of television I’ve just
pressed my zip pocket facing away from all of the edges and now I’m going
to cut through that centre line and the triangles at each end So to start it off I’m just going to use a
knife Now what you can do is just pop a pin in each end of the zip box like that and that just makes sure that you don’t go
through the stitches at the end cause you want to press sorry you want to snip as close as you can
to the stitches without actually going through them Okay So just snip along to that triangle and then
from that triangle snip as close out into the corners as you can The closer you can get the better the finish
will be on this pocket I understand it’s a bit scary though so that’s
why we put the pin in Okay So once you’ve cut your hole, now you’re going
to push this facing through that hole and then press to get it to stay in place Now I find that there’s inevitably creases
when you do a zip pocket like this So if you’re going to have creases you want
them on the inside so when you press so when you push it through and you press,
press from the right side first and then any creases that form will be underneath and hidden
in your seams Okay So just use your fingers to finger roll that
facing to the back it’s a little bit fiddly It’s doable Make sure that’s nice and flat and then take
that over to the ironing board and press that flat Okeydoke so now we’ve pressed that it looks
great from this side It looks okay from that side and the pattern
has you put the tape on now but ’cause there’s going to be a little bit of a delay with me
filming I’m just going to leave that til later Okay so we’ll pop that panel to one side for
now So now we need our G2 and G3 so we’ve got
our top and bottom So the top I’ve got in my floral fabric and
that is an inch longer than the bottom which I’ve got in my sparkle It’s excellent. I’m not sure you can see the
sparkle in the camera but it looks great here Okay so we’ll start off with the bottom piece and we’re going to apply a strip of Wonder
Tape so this is just regular double-sided, sew-through Wonder Tape I buy it from Collins
but I believe there’s quilters’ wash away tape works just as well Just pop that along the top So my fabric is right side up, is interfaced as per the pattern and I marked my centre on the top there Now lining up the centre with the centre of
the zip Just going to pop that on top also right side up and just smooth that down Now I’m going to sew all the way along the top of that zip there Okay I’m going to use a one eighth of an inch
seam allowance apparently – I did check my pattern just to
be sure So now that that’s sewn in place I’m just going to push it away from itself
and I’m going to turn it over and I’m going to press it so that the zip is on the wrong side of the
pocket Now we’ve sewn with an eighth of an inch seam
allowance but the Wonder Tape that we’ve used is quarter
of an inch So when you push it over just finger roll
that edge in place so that you can’t feel any tape poking through and then press that into place so that it
stays secure Okay so you’ve got your fabric right side
up and zip wrong side up at the moment And on the other side when your zip is the
right side up that’s the wrong side of your fabric So now we want the zip pocket bottom I’m just going to fold that in half to find
the centre point If you follow the pattern you would have done
this in step one or two Obviously I could do with some lessons in
reading Okay so again we’re going to pop some Wonder
Tape but this time we’re going to pop it on the bottom edge for this one And then we’re going to add our zip pocket
that we’ve already done so line up the centres again so the two zip pocket pieces are right sides
together Okay so we’ve got the… this is the zip pocket
bottom and this is the zip pocket top and this is obviously the zip with the r-
with the zip pull to the right hand side Okay so now we’re going to sew along that
edge with a one eighth of an inch seam allowance
the same as we did for the bottom So I’ve sewn along that edge as well and then
I went ahead and pressed it So on this side you’ve got the right side
of both the fabrics although it’s the wrong way around that’s the bottom and that’s the top and the zip pull is to the right And on the back you’ve got the wrong side of the fabric and
the right side of the zip and the zip pull is to the left Okay So now we’re going to grab our lining panel
with the zip pocket facing on Here’s one I made earlier If you’re in the UK you’ll find that hilarious
if you’re not in the UK you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about [laughter] Okay so If you follow the pattern then you would have
done this earlier but I didn’t because I knew there’d be a slight delay Just pop some Wonder Tape on the back of your
zip pocket facing Okay so we’re just going to add a second line
to the top as well I don’t usually tape the ends but if you want
to you can, it’s up to you So just push down on that just press down
to make sure it’s adhered Okay so now we’re going to turn our zip panel over and just line up the zip through that gap in your lining panel Make sure it’s as even as you can get it and
then once you’re happy press down on the tape So I normally do my zips with the zip pull to the left So that’s the way that this method is done
for and on the wrong side there just push down with your fingers just to make
sure it’s stuck really nicely So then we’re going to take this to the sewing
machine and we’re going to sew around all four edges. Now I like to start
in this bottom corner here because if you want to do a couple of backstitches or if
you want to pull the thread through to the back that’s quite I dunno unnoticeable I guess so you can start
there, work your way around and by the time you get to here you’ve kind of got the hang
of it and you’re a little bit neater so where people look at most you’re going to be a little bit neater and then you can finish all the way around to there, okay? Okay so I’m going to sew mine with my regular
walking foot This is the Janome 6600 and it’s got the built
in AccuFeed and I just find it works really well over zips If you haven’t got a walking foot that will
work with zips you can get something called an adjustable foot so this is an adjustable
piping or zipper foot And you take your shank off of the machine
and then you pop this on so that screws onto the uppy downy bit That’s a technical term And you adjust it using the little twizzler
at the back also a technical term so that your needle falls just in that gap
there And that means that you can sew along and
the usual zipper foot has got kind of a heel on the back hasn’t it but this one is just completely flat so if
you line up your needle with the edge of the foot that means that you can sew zips really easy
and get a really good straight line on them So if you haven’t got a walking foot that
loves zips try one of those and see if it improves your zip insertion. Normally people
get frustrated with zips thinking that they can’t do them or they’re too hard and oftentimes with the… with a bit of double-sided
Wonder Tape and an adjustable foot you find that actually you can do zips and it wasn’t you after all So I’m going to sew using my regular walking
foot so again I’m starting in that bottom corner and start with the needle down [sound of sewing machine] And when you need to stop and move the zipper
pull you can just lift the foot up and the needle
stays in the right place [sound of sewing machine] Okay so each corner just lift the foot slightly
and swivel [sound of sewing machine] Does anybody else remember that episode of
Friends with the sofa and they’re on the stairs and Ross is shouting
“Pivot!” Always makes me think of that when I do a
zip Slightly odd [sound of sewing machine] So on this end when oftentimes you’ve got
the end of the zip I like to go a couple of stitches further than the box and then just slowly stitch by stitch go across the end there and then you make
sure that you get over the bulk of that end of the zip and you’re not in danger of hitting it and you can get to the right place that you
need to be Okay And then just carry on to the end [sound of sewing machine] Okay Now on this wrong side we’ve got the bobbin
threads. You notice I didn’t backstitch I want to pull my threads through to the back
and tie them off So on each bobbin thread you can just give
it a gentle tug and the little loop of the top thread will
just show Pop a pin in that top loop and pull it through Just encourage it through gently and then you can tie those off together and
that will secure your stitches without you having to backstitch or do a locking stitch
or anything Once you’ve tied these a couple of times and
snipped them if you want to pop a dab of fray check in
there that will just keep it doubly secure Okay Okay so we’ve sewn our zip pocket panel in
place now First thing to do before you do anything else Stop. Don’t get any further Open your zip and don’t close it again okay This is where you’re going to turn the bag
through later and if you close your zip you’ll have to reach in and do some wiggly wiggly magic Okay so turn it to the wrong side and then
pull your zip pocket top down to meet the bottom edge of your zip pocket
bottom I’m just going to pin that in place in the
corner so lift it up so that you’re not catching the lining panel when you pin these together Okay and smooth that down so that the edges
are even On this side and the other side I’ve pinned
through the zip pocket facing as well as the top and the bottom Okay What I like to do is pop two pins in close
together at the bottom and the same on the other side and this is
going to help remind you to leave a turning gap Okay so how we’re going to sew it, we’re going
to start at one end and we’re going to sew using a regular stitch
length so something like a two… two millimetres, two and a half So sew from this end, backstitch, sew all
the way to there and when you get to this double pin backstitch
there lengthen your seam allowance, sorry stitch
length to around about a five if you can go that far and sew between these two dots… two sets
of double pins This is going to be the turning gap so if
you can sew along there maintaining the same seam allowance as you do for the other sides that means that
when you come to turn it through later you’ll have a really neat turning gap So sew with your regular stitch length to
there, backstitch lengthen to a basting stitch and sew to the
second set of double pins Turn your stitch length back down to whatever
you were using on this side so two, two and a half backstitch again and then sew to the end Now remember when you’re sewing to pull your
lining panel out of the way So you’re going to sew along there, sew along
there, sew along Once you’ve finished sewing steam press these stitches these long basting stitches and then take
them out using a seam ripper or you know remove them Then you can turn your seam allowances along that dotted line so where you’ve pulled
the stitches out you’ll be left with a little dotted line along the seam allowance Turn your seam allowances and press those
into place along the seam allowance Sorry along the stitch line And then later on when you turn the bag through
you need to close that turning gap Your seam allowances are already tucked under
on the same line as your stitch line so you can get a really good neat finish Okay so I’ve finished my zip pocket off I’ve opened my turning gap and I’ve pressed
my seam allowances Now if you’re looking at this turning gap
thinking Ooh that’s kind of small That’s not what the pattern says then yeah you would be right and maybe at the end I shall be having to open
that out again So don’t follow me leave yourself a nice big turning gap just to make life a little bit easier on yourself
’cause fitting the whole bag through there might be a bit tricky but anyway So I’ve done that, so what I’m going to do
next is I’m going to do exactly the same with the turning gap on the slip pocket So I’m going to do that fold it in half sew around, leave a turning gap This one doesn’t have to be so big because
you’re only turning the pocket through it and then I’m going to attach it to my second
lining panel So that’s what I’m going to do So when I see you next I’m going to have done
both my pockets on both my lining panels and we’re going to have a look at doing the
top zip together Okay so if you get caught up to there and then meet me back here for the top zip,
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