When the sun comes out, so do Harper’s yellow flower sunnies. I made a little lemon bag for my little ray of sunshine (most of the time!) because I saw one on the high street and fancied giving it a go. It also means she can now carry her sunglasses, five lip balms, library card, binoculars, purse and pet Stegosaurus herself and I can retire from my Sherpa duties.
You will need:
- 20cm yellow zip
- 110cm yellow bias binding and binding cord
- 4 x A4 sheets bright yellow felt
- A4 sheet white felt
- 110cm (1in wide) yellow cotton tape
- Yellow and white sewing thread
1. Cut two circles, 18cm diameter, from yellow felt and one circle, 12cm diameter, from white felt. Cut a smaller yellow circle, 10cm diameter, and cut that into 8 equal segments.
2. Pin and sew the yellow segments onto the white circle, spacing them out evenly using yellow thread. Then sew the white circle onto one of the large yellow circles using white thread.
3. For the zip, cut two rectangles of felt, 20cm in length and 4cm in width. Pin one of the strips, right sides together, to one side of the zip. Use a zipper foot to sew it in place. Start just after the zipper part and sew along the one of the edges. Then undo the zip and go back and sew that first bit. Iron flat (minding the teeth) and top stitch on the right side of the fabric. Repeat on the other side. Cut another piece of yellow felt 32cm long and the same width as your sewn zip.
4. Fold the cotton tape in half and sew closed along the long edge with yellow thread. Pin the long piece of felt over both ends of the zip and tuck the cotton tape into each end by about 2cm. Sew across both ends of the zip to stitch the cotton tape strap in place.
5. To make the piping, open up your bias binding fully and place your cord inside. Swap to the zipper foot on your machine and sew your cord inside the binding, getting as close to the cord as you can so it’s tightly encased. Cut the piping in half so you have two length of piping.
6. Pin the piping to the right side of the front piece of the bag. Line up the raw edge of the piping with the raw edge of the bag. Turn the zip compartment inside out and pin, right sides together, on top of the piping. Sew the layers together as close to the edge of the piping as you can.
7. Pin the other section of piping onto the other yellow circle. Undo the zip and pin the back panel into the bag. Sew as close as you can to the piping. Make snips around the seams and turn the bag the right way out.
Now I just need to make Grayson a version so I no longer have to carry his milk, tractors, fire engine, bulldozer…. need I go on?
~ Laura xx ~