The Ring Sling Sew Along with Mrs H – Part 2

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] This is the second part of the sew-along Today we’re going to do the top zip closure and show how to finish the lining Okay welcome back so today we’re going to
get started on the top zip so we’ll need our zip panels and we’ve already
done our lining panels with our pockets on Okay so grab your zip and the aim of what
we’re going to do today is we’re going to turn over the end of the zip Now I’m using continuous zip so I’ve cut mine to fourteen inches just to
give me that little bit extra zip tape So you’re going to turn it so that the raw
end of the zip just goes off and that’s hidden in between the seam allowance So how you do that is take the top of the zip and just pull it down so that this bit of zip tape here is folded
at a ninety-degree angle Okay So I’ll do that again so you literally just
pull it down and bring the tape up to match Okay so I’ll show you how that looks You’ve got a little fold there and that folded end just meets the tape there sorry the zip teeth and on the back you can see you’ve got the fold there running
at a sort of well no I’m not even going to guess what kind
of angle that is but it’s at an angle Okay So if you’re using continuous zip like me
just make sure that the two ends are even when you’ve folded it over and once you’re happy with where that’s folded
over to just hold that in place there and just using a needle and thread Now no judgement on my hand-stitching ability
it’s absolutely shocking a bit of fair warning there You’re just going to hold this in place with a few
stitches Just move it around as you need to to get
access to that If you’re a little bit concerned about your
zip tape unravelling then do add a little bit of fray check or
some glue or something on to the on to the end there Okay So both sides of my zip are folded over and stitched Just trim some of the extra thread off of
there So now we’re going to use one of our interior
top pieces This is boiled wool that I’m using I bought this from Sew Hot in the UK and it’s fairly thick so it doesn’t need interfacing but I have interfaced it because there’s a
little bit of stretch to it So to minimise the stretch on that I’ve just
added some I used non woven interfacing on this one and because I’m in the UK that’s Vilene F220 So I’ve marked the zipper marks based on the
pattern piece I’ve used pins to mark those I have also marked it with chalk but I didn’t
think you would be able to see that very well and then I’ve also marked one inch up from
the edge on this side and that’s where the closed end is going to be Now it tells you in the pattern which end
to put your open end of your zip depending on whether you’re right handed or
left handed so do check that out if you want to take note of that So between these marks here I’m just going
to add a little bit of basting tape Again, this is the Collins wash away Wonder
Tape quarter inch or you can use quilters’ wash away tape Just pop that on the bottom edge there okay As per the last part of the video if you haven’t got a walking foot with built-in
AccuFeed like I have then you might want to consider an adjustable
zipper foot for your machine just to help you get a really good finish
on these zips Okay and I will just line that up and when as you do line that up that should
be that the end of the teeth match where your placement mark is here Okay Just move that slightly, there we go And you’re going to line up the edge of the
zip with the raw edge of your fabric so on this end where we folded it over that’s
going to overhang slightly and that’s okay as long as the main bulk of the zip lines
up with the edge Now only stick down to that second placement
mark there and I’m going to add a clip just to hold it in place at that mark ’cause that’s important that we don’t sew
past there Okay just press that down I don’t think it’s
particularly sticky on this wool but I love the wool too much so Okay so now we’re going to pull the end of
the zip up until it meets that one inch mark there and clip that into place as well and we’re going to do things the right way I don’t often do things the right way or the
way they should be done quite often I just go for it but today we
will so Just to get a really good finish we’re going
to baste at an eighth of an inch all the way along between these two marks okay and then I’ll meet you back here again Okay, so I’ve basted that in place at one
eighth of an inch and I’ve left this clip in the side to hold
that at one inch away from the bottom and before you forget just take those pins
out Don’t want any stray pins So on this occasion we’ve just basted to make
sure that everything stays exactly where we want
it to be So I am right-handed so I’m going to have
my zip pocket which I want to be my back panel on this part So it says in the instructions that if you
are right-handed you will probably want the open end of your
zip to the left of whichever panel you want on the back of
your bag so that’s why I’m going to use this one So the next step is to add a bit of basting tape I’m going to do this across the whole length
of that bottom of the panel there Now in the pattern the image for this is turned
over or the panel is turned over so that you can
see what’s going on so I’m just going to show you it from both
sides today So that goes across the whole length there and now with the panel I’m gonna use my zip pocket
panel I’m gonna pop that on right sides together so lining up my raw edges Now can you see why the pattern doesn’t show
you this view Not much to see really is there So if we turn it over you can see what’s going
on Okay so the zip is basted along there right sides together with the lining panel
and the zip top sorry the interior top and now we’re going to sew along this line all the way from one edge to the other We’re going to use our regular three eighths
of an inch seam allowance Now that’s not a problem if you’re using a
number five zip like I am If you’re using a number three zip if you’ve had to change down ’cause you couldn’t
find a number five zip then take that seam allowance down to one
quarter of an inch rather than three eighths of an inch Okay Okay so I’ve sewn along that panel and then
I’ve pressed my seam allowances towards the top and then top stitched along the top of the
zip Now the reason we do this if you press the seam allowances towards the
top rather than the bottom that means that when your zip is open the teeth are going to naturally hang down
into the bag They’re not going to stick up awkwardly If you press them the other way then when
your bag was open the teeth are going to be sort of sticking up and that can be a little bit awkward when
you’re putting your hand into your bag It just gives a really nice finish as well I
think if the teeth fall down into the bag So I’ve top stitched along the entire top
there Okay so this panel is done and now we can
do the second panel so we need to almost ignore this panel and treat it as though it’s not there and just focus on the zip So get my second piece here my second interior top I’ve managed to colour coordinate my top with
my fabric today which is quite handy, isn’t it? Shall we just pretend that I planned that? That would be quite good Right so once again we’ll just add some basting
tape between the two marks It helps if you cut your pattern pieces out
straight to start with ’cause then your edges are straight Top tip! Okay So let’s mark an inch away from the bottom and Ooh! Move it over so that you can see Mark an inch away from the bottom again and pop a pin in there Okay so exactly as we did before but this
time ignoring the second panel Okay So we’re going to line up the edge of the
zip and just tape the zip down I’ve done my one inch mark on the wrong side We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen Now if you want to double check that you’ve
popped that in the right place you can just hold this little bit up against
it and make sure that they’re lined up nicely so we’ll pop a little clip in there we’ll pull that pin out, pretend that never existed We’re all friends here aren’t we? We can pretend
that [laughs] So we’ll pop the one inch marker in there
and again pulling that panel out of the way Pretend it’s not there Just pull the tape up to that one inch mark,
okay So I’ve secured it there at the zip marking and then I’m just going to pin it out of the
pl- out of the way at this mark as well So as we did before we’re just going to baste
along from pin to pin in between the marks and then I’ll come back Okay so I’ve sewn my zip in We can take those pins out My clip came out so we’ll just pop the clip
back in So this is the time really to double, double,
double-check that your zip tape isn’t twisted Okay So pull that panel down and just double-check
that what you’ve basted to the second interior top isn’t twisted You can see on the end there that that’s fine, okay I was going to say perfect but I thought you
might judge me on my stitching then so I thought best not Right so pop that back over again and this time we’re gonna as we did before add some basting tape along the entire bottom and then add our second lining panel Okay so just line that up with the very edge and then for me because I’m right-handed I’ve got my panel with my slip pocket and
I’ve divided that into two there So right sides together which means that your zip pocket panel will look like it’s upside down Just match the edges and match the centre
and just line up the raw edges and pop that down and again just push down along the tape to ensure that that’s stuck down really well
before you start to sew it Last thing we want is things to start moving That’s when things get difficult with zips and that’s when you don’t have much success
and you you start to think that you can’t do zips and actually you can do zips zips are not not something that you should shy away from You just need to have the right tools and
the right equipment, okay So let’s have a look on the other side So we’re pulling this panel out of the way
again You’ve got your interior top with the zip
sandwiched in there and the lining panel right side up there I don’t know if you can see that That’s the right side it’s got a little bit
of sparkle For some reason I keep choosing fabrics with
sparkle Can’t think why Okay so now we’re going to sew along that
top using our regular three eighths of an inch seam allowance We’re gonna open it press the seam allowances towards the top and top stitch again Okay so I’ve sewn my second side of my zip top stitched it Just gonna zip it up just to make sure it
all fits together good Yep that’s fine. Okay So you’ve got the start of your lining here You should be starting to see what it’s gonna
look like when you’re finished which I always think is quite exciting So this is the point where we’re gonna put
our zip end on Don’t leave it till later Don’t put it off Do it now It’s much harder to do it later and apparently I need to buy some more hardware
’cause I haven’t got any copper zip ends so I’m going to use a silver one Somebody tell Amanda that I need to go and
buy some more hardware ’cause she never believes me when I tell her Right I’m going to use a silver one for today
and then I can swap it out after she’s I don’t know after she’s stopped looking at
the accounts and I can sneak on Shall we just pretend I won it in a competition? That’s what we usually do at retreat [laughs] Okay so with your zip ends then you’ve got
the zip end and a small screw and I’ve got a little set of precision screwdrivers
that I use So just going to pop the screw in there just to be sure And then with the end of your zip what I like
to do is fold one side over and then the rest of the tape fold that in
half so it’s sort of half the width and then fold
that to the back so that actually your entire zip tape is the
same sort of width as the teeth Now if you’ve got a few stragglers there give
those a bit of a trim Like a little haircut and then if you’re doing this for good pop
a dab of glue in there If like me you have failed to purchase the
right colour zip end and you need to get another one don’t pop some glue on there until you’ve got the right one So you’re just going to slot that in there
and that fits really nicely in that gap It just seems to be perfectly designed for
number five zip tapes Which is lovely So give it a wiggle to make sure it is definitely
in as far as can go and just check it looks good on that side and when you’re happy with it then you can just pop the screw into that hole and screw it down I can never remember which size screwdriver We’ll try pink ’cause it’s my daughter Elvis’
favourite colour Yup that’s the right one So you just screw that down until you go as far
as you can That’ll screw through the zip tape into the zip end It’s just a really really easy and quick way
of finishing the end of your zip Ooh Apart from the fact that I’ve stuck my offcuts
onto there Right okay so there we go That gives it a really good professional finish Now you’ve got two choices with this zip end If you want for your zip to be poking up when
you’ve finished your bag so your lining will be like this and you want to be able to grab hold of it
to close your bag then pin that to the interior top now If you don’t which personally I prefer to have it tucked
in inside the lining and you just want the top of your lining to
look like that tuck it in just in in between the layers of the lining
now, okay So all we need to do now to finish our lining is just sew up the sides Now because you’ve got a different colour
for your interior top to your lining you should always favour matching up those
edges over and above the raw edges If you’ve got any mismatched raw edges it
doesn’t matter you can trim those up later Nobody’s gonna know This is not a pattern where you need to be
precise on the raw edges, okay Sometimes you do but this, this is not one
of those times It’s okay and if it’s hidden Ooh Undo your zip! Top tip, undo your zip otherwise you won’t
be able to turn it through Ooh and double check that one’s still open So that one’s open and that one’s open, okay So if you are like me and you always end up
with a few errors try and get them in your seam allowances so
that they’re hidden Nobody will ever know Apart from the fact that I’ve just told you
all who are sewing along with me but that’s fine Okay so the tops are matching Now you can pin or clip or whatever you want
to do along the side and the bottom and the other side This one’s going to need to be trimmed That’s okay Match them up as best you can and then you’re
going to sew all the way from the top to the bottom Okay So when you sew this you’re going to sew using the regular three eighths of an inch seam allowance Leave these bottom corners open We’ll sew from the top to the bottom first and then we’ll come back and talk about doing
those bottom corners next, okay Right so I’ve sewn my lining panels together along the edges Now if you’ve used like me something that’s
quite thick and chunky for the interior top and something a bit lighter for the lining
you’re gonna find that when you come to go off of this bump you’re gonna miss a few stitches there or
find it a bit tricky when you’re coming from this direction So you’re okay going down but when you get
to the other side and you want to go back up again you’re not
going to be able to sew that bit So in that case finish off so do a few backstitches and then turn your
panel over and start again from the top and then sew up to where you got to last Now if you watched the last video about my
lining pockets you’ll find that I left a ridiculously small turning gap
in my zip pocket and I can foresee problems, obviously so I went ahead and left a turning gap in
the bottom of my panel as well So I’ve left a turning gap that’s that big which is not masses bigger but it is a bit bigger and I’ve steam pressed the stitches and turned
the seam allowances up I haven’t opened that up just yet When I finish my bag and I go to turn it through
I’m going to turn it through this gap and then I’m going to reach through the lining and pull that gap out and close it and then close this one Okay so it’s still going to be hidden in my
zip pocket but I’ll be able to turn it through the bottom,
okay So we’ll see how that goes in a later video So if we’re going to do the box corners then Pop your fingers into the – into the corner cut out and just pull your
bag flat Now this is great because I’ve pressed open
the seam allowances on my bottom seam for the turning gap so that makes it a bit
easier and on the side seam just open up those seam
allowances and match them together there and we can pop
a pin in to hold those in the right place Now if you have had to trim up your lining it might be that these don’t match exactly
and that’s fine Match them as best you can and then trim them
later, okay There’s no judgment here We’re all in the club together Okay and we’ll do the same on the other side of
the lining Just pull your panel, manipulate it until
the side seams match the bottom seams Pop a pin through Okay So if you pop a pin through the bottom seam
you can see if you’ve managed to line them up perfectly, if you’re someone who loves a really
good finish on your bag and you want everything to be lined up perfectly
that’s the way that’s the way to do it really Okay Okay so now we’re going to sew across each
of these boxed corners and that will give our bag its 3D shape Okay Once we’ve done that we’re going to go over
to the ironing board and we’re just going to open up these top sections and press those seam allowances
open The way that the lining joins the outer you
really don’t want that bulk all being scrunched up inside so we’re going
to press those open just for a few inches, just a couple of inches just to make sure that that sits really nice
and flat and if you like a really good finish on that
you’ve also got the option of once you’ve pressed those flat you can
topstitch along there if you can get it under your machine of course Open that out and you can top stitch the seam
allowances into place if you want to and that’s just an extra, optional, decorative
touch if you want to but you don’t need to as long as those seam allowances are pressed
open and you can press them, steam press them and then you can pop a pin in and then by the time you come to attach your outer to your lining or your lining to your outer those seam allowances will be trained into
sitting really flat and you won’t have any of the issues with
bulk at the end there so that’s the option So do that on both of those and then that’s your lining done So you can take a little while to admire that
if you like You can turn it right side out so that you
can have a little look To be honest I quite like to just have a little
look at it for a few days and think “Wow! You did a great job. Well
done” especially with a zip like this So if you want to do that feel free to do
that and then we’ll come back to do the outer together
in a few days, okay Thank you for watching the sew-along for The
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