Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sewing Conversion Table for the Yardstick

1/8 of a yard = 4 1/2 inches
1/4 of a yard = 9 inches
1/3 of a yard = 12 inches
3/8 of a yard = 13 1/2 inches
1/2 of a yard = 18 inches
5/8 of a yard = 22 1/2 inches
2/3 of a yard = 24 inches
3/4 of a yard = 27 inches
7/8 of a yard = 31 1/2 inches
1 yard = 36 inches

More free conversion charts:

http://www.its-sew-karren.com/fabric-measurements-guide.html

http://www.fiber-images.com/Free_Things/Reference_Charts/free_reference_charts_conversion_charts.html

Pick-A-Pocket Purse









Pick-A-Pocket Purse

A simple bag cleverly incorporates six outer pockets for everyday necessities. The sew-simple trick is that the pockets are formed when the straps are sewn on the bag pieces.




Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie



Go to this link for the designer of this tote's instructions.   I used the measurements provided by mickeyleigh below for the larger tote. 

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/pick-a-pocket-purse_1.html

mickeyleigh wrote:

"I Love this bag!I've made 6 of them!! to make a LOVELY LARGER tote - cut your pieces as follows... 2 @ 22x30 1/2 ~ inside print; 2 @ 22x26 1/2 ~ Outside pocket print; 4 @ 6x28 ~ Straps (attach 2 end to end for total strap length of 55"); 2@ 21 3/4 x 15 1/4 ~ batting. :: after constructing panel, before attaching panels to one another, stitch a line 3 1/2" from bottom of panel to keep goodies from sliding down to the bottom of bag. :-)."

The above measurements creates quite a large tote.  For my second tote, I think I will try making all the above measurements an inch smaller.  I'll get back to you on how that comes out.  This is easy and fun to make.  I made the owl fabric tote for my daughter.  I can't wait to start on mine.  I don't think I'll buy another purse again!