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Sewing Oil Cloth Lunch Tote

Susan Beal

Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners

Susan Beal

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14. Sewing Oil Cloth Lunch Tote

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Sewing Oil Cloth Lunch Tote

No, the first one we're going to so just to get a little experience with this is the ends of our the body of our bag so this one is twenty four and a half inches long we're going to use a pencil and straight edge to mark one inch and the nice thing with these quoting rulers as they're so clear and easy to do marks like this and then he'll mark what one inch beyond that so I'll show you a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to that it's give me one second so essentially you're marking an inch in and then an inch past that because our first step with this project is two fold towards the wrong side of the oil class polled one inch don you'll do this and both sides of your longest strip of oil class the body of the bag so put this side I'll do the same things turned to align it so it's perfectly even and everybody has their own favorites with quilting rulers but my I love the six by twelve I find it really useful it's just a good size it's big enough so that you could do a larg...

er mark like this but it's not so huge that it's going to take up your whole sewing table like this one's great for with the fabric and other large projects okay, so on this one I'm doing the same thing, so I've made myself to marks, and they're each an inch down, so I'm gonna pin my oilcloth a lot of people tape it or do other methods to secure it in place, but it's really up to you? I'm just gonna pin, because that's kind of what most people who so have around the house and it's easy, and then also so that you guys can see it more clearly because the tape is wonderful, but it's kind of might disappear in a larger screen, and I wanted to really clear everything that I'm working on, so you can get a sense of it and follow along at home. So here's one very important difference between oilcloth and typical woven quoting cotton, I won't even get near this iron it's definitely can his melt and vaporizes the oilcloth, and you're going to want to stay clear of that. So here is my oilcloth pen, as you can see, I've aligned it so that my first inch mark is here in the fold in the second one is marking where this raw edge goes. Now, all we're going to do is stitch across this using a straight stitch to secure this and wait threat is perfect because it's goingto be the most harmonious with the apple print, even over the green sections, because it's so it's so much calmer I've soon this with a light green that matches the apple and it just shows up so much more on the white than you would expect so I'm going to just using the stuff settings I tested that I like, I know I like belts loose my thread there so only give myself a longer tail before it pulls out couldn't go ahead and drop my needle and I'm just going to stitch forward I'm going to do one reverse such it's not it doesn't need to be a huge win and you don't want to reverse too much an oil cost because it will tear it up so it's just a really subtle little small single such great so that's my first seem you can take my pens out you can see the pen holes here and they're really not too bad and then once the first the project soon they're going to be other seems in handles here, so I'm not too concerned about it and I'm really happy with my stitch line on the back that's going to show I think the tension adjustment was a I kind of thought left from looking really neat and cleared so now for my other side I want to do the identical thing just make a neat fold again instead of ironing it I'm going to what I call finger press it which means just using your hand and fingertips to meet lee, smooth it down and make a nice crisp crease. An oilcloth isn't as we mentioned before it's not going to behave like a woman it's there's no stabilizer to use in terms of spray starch or pressing it with heat or water to change how it's oranges are lying so you want to just treat it gently, but make sure that you're kind of the boss if that makes sense. All right, so for my second one, in a stitch of the exact same way I'm working from the side with my fold, not the front side, because you want to make sure that you're just neatly following the straight line and catching the entire length of the scene. I dropped my needle and get going great, so that was fast. The sewing part is so fun after you go through all the cutting it's kind of like having dessert after you have your all the boring part of the dinner, I'm just gonna do a serious threat to him at the very end of the project. This should work for now. So now as you'll see, I've got a twenty four and a half inch main body of my bag that is sown with a one inch fold at each side, and it is ready to go. The next thing I'm going to do is stitch my handles and these are the skinny two by twelve and chantal's this's very similar I'm just going to fold this in half down the middle, I'll move this side of the way and just a line the raw edges this again is not an iron perfect seem it's just you know what you can do with your fingertips to make a neat one, you could use something like almost like a bone folder if you do paper craft something like that would be ideal for reinforcing it, but the finger took method is great for what we're doing, so we're gonna pin this about I used about five pens on one this length. It doesn't have to be exactly, but I like to get a nice alignment and really if it's off by a fraction of an inch that's what your scissors, therefore, you can just trim away the little extra orjust, not worry about it and it's, as long as the stitching is durable, oilcloth can shift just a bit, so you'll want to just, you know, not get too hung up on it. If it's not if it's off by hair, so for this stitching, if you see my oilcloth here, we're recreating this, so we're going to stitch the handles all the way up, down, back around and connecting so we're doing essentially a huge box that's I guess you could call it a rectangle such I'll start with my raw edge side drop my needle take out my first pins I don't such over it I try to never switch over pins I'm edge stitching which like a top such it's close to the edge and just unites a very neatly but doesn't leave a lot a lot of the raw edges open and flopping so we get a nice clean seal I'm gonna move my next and then we're gonna turn to my corner and I'm going to go back up this long side again which is thief old side rather than the raw edge and so it's even easier but has its just sewing through two layers of joint fabric swim close my ends I'm going to turn my corner one more time and then such here to end my scene all right so one handle is all ready to go just super simple but now it's twice a cz flex its just a justice flexible and twice as durable as the one that we started with that's flat in a single layer so I'm going to do exactly the same thing with my second handle I hope everybody's having a good time stone with oilcloth I really like it actually once you kind of get the hang of it and have the right the right nonstick foot or maybe tape on a regular foot it's kind of liberating to so something so different than a normal kind of cotton or in apparel fabric. It's when I do my same old finger press method and it's the easiest, started one and secure it with a pen and then keep going across pending as I go. All right, so I've penned this one the same way it did the first one and let's stitch this one up, I'm going to start with the raj again. Everything else is exactly the same ahs my first one, I'm just going to remove my pens clean, so I'm back at my starting point I'm just going toe do a quick back such so seal the last stitch and then the handles are all set lips looks like my bobbin threat, brooke there so let me tryingto get that back in correctly, so I'll just from away spurt and if you have something like this happen at home, what I do is drop my needle so that I really make sure it's pretty neatly aligned on the same line, then drop my presser foot stitch, ford one reverse and then keep going forward to finish the scene just a zay did see sewing this time that's a good upgrade, and then if you're look you with oil class, it will create holes in your well class fabric. And what eisner ice is if you can align your stitching with where the needles already punctured it, it won't show those earlier holes at all okay, so that one is all set tio let me tryem out my threads great! So now I have my handles and by bag ready to go and jake, you know, since you're mentioning people had so many great ideas about parties or little other, you know, gift bags just fun uses I wanted to mention that this would be a great time, so add an application to the front and a contrast oilcloth I probably wouldn't use a cotton or anything that's a different material I'd like to keep it, you know, white, clean and consist stint, but it would be really cute with one of the stars from the bonus pack it would be very cool or are in alphabet letter that would be a nice extra um you'll see an oilcloth projects in a segment coming up soon that has oil class stars in the front that I thought turned out pretty cute that's cute, I would just remind everybody essence susan's mentioned it the bonus materials do have patterns for all the applicator signs for the letters, the numbers that we were using in segment one of session one plus the stars and the hearts that we've been using so all of these air available below the specific patent for the lunch bags are not included. You will get for directions on how to do corners, how to turn corners have to stitch them so that all comes with the bonus materials, and I'd love to show these I'll be happy to show them later, but there's three bonus projects you could make with your oilcloth scraps because, you know, when you end up with a fifty, a larger kind of oilcloth, you often have little bits left over, and we have some nice photos of these that I'd love to show on the screen. But here is a little kids pencil case using a pearl snap, it holds eight pencils. I just love this one and it doesn't take much fabric at all, and then I made a little sort of penance, which are also cute and easy to make, and then some little wrist bands of pearl snaps that both many kids love wearing it's just the simplest little things, but I included all those is a little couldn't cram all the projects into the sessions that were filming, so I thought of the fund is sent people home with something to do, a swell. So for this one, what we're going to do is go ahead and attach the handles next. We haven't built our bag yet, but it's actually easier to so if you have the handles on before you start the formal bad construction, so what I'm going to dio is show you for the ends of this bag where I put my straps. Now if you have a patterned oilcloth like this it's non directional and has kind of a fund's scattered print, you may want to kind of look at both sides and see like, oh, this one looks a little cuter, it has more of the apple latif if you're using something that's more consistent, it wouldn't matter as much. But just if you've got something cuter to show, put that one on the outside what I'm going to do and a it's the place minutes early to if you want them closer together for a tall in there stop or what? A little wider, but I like to place my handles one inch over from the edge. So in terms of this measurement, you can use a measuring tape or a quote roller and with this with oilcloth now that it's sewn and shiny instead of that easy to mark on more tangible one, I'm just going to put a pen in there and that way I know that's the one inch mark I'm going to do the same on the other side, this is totally again up to you you can change it around a bit just be consistent with where you place your handles because that is how you know you want them to match on both sides and on theon opposite side of the lunch bag when you so your second set so here we go, I've got mine marked so I've essentially just made a little spot that I know it's my um and it might be easier to to just look at the finished one which is kind of a good template just easier to see in a way the finished one that has the placement it's really a very simple you know, straightforward part but you just want to make sure that you you line yours up however you end up choosing to do it all right so what I do is I lined my handles up so that this pen where I have marked by one inch mark is the outer edge of the handle as you can see here I take one pin and I used my same line as the bottom independent in place. Then I do the same thing on the other side take a new pen and penn it in place so that's the first side is all set starting to look a tiny bit like a bag and on the other side I'll do the same thing I'll move this save a I mean under layer so you have another chance to see it if you were looking down at your own sewing when I was mentioning that so that's one inch over I want to use just a tiny straight pen and just poke it into the top of the oilcloth right there that's what? Someone in quite make it to that again you could also use a piece of washington a person like that is great. Nowhere is whatever method you like one thing about this project that slices so very simple that it's pretty flexible so you can have a chance to use materials you ever on the house or something that's easier for youto user d'oh all right, so there's that one to the outside? Yes, thank you for throwing them on the inside of a reason for that. Yes, I think so. It just kind of reinforces the outer body of the bag and if they were on the inside I think just the way that it would be carried would sort of stress the bag construction war the one there on the outer side it just has a little bit more of a reinforcing field and we do have a question about the oilcloth actually have forgiving is oilcloth if it was to be folded or they made a big mistake and the crease was in it would you be able to get rid of that yes, you definitely can I would, depending on whether it's already soon or if it's still basically yardage I would put it under something and let it sort of not necessarily it won't have the same effect is ironing, but almost like if you have just something creased like for example, the foundation for usable we were using us the further rainbow application you can put it under something heavy and it'll flatten it out. Oilcloth is the same way you can also smooth it with your fingers, but the creases also with this oil cloth bag, once a child or someone using it as a gift bag carry it for a bit, it'll sort of naturally create its own structure. All right, so my second probably something material that you should never iron? Absolutely I mentioned that earlier and definitely stay away from heat or ironing with this one because it will vaporised the oilcloth, which is never good, so similarly, I think this is a cuter side of the handle I'm gonna pennant in place. I'm using my quick little motion my quick little ah mark of the pen to put this here and then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side and I'm using my pen mark and my stitch line as my kind of guideline boundaries, so then you could take your marking pens out no I'm gonna hold us make sure it's pretty consistent lines up nicely got a little firewood carrier now in their sights and what we're going to do is attach off where these handles exactly the same way with a simple box stitch which means I'm going to stitch a square and then an ex within the square it's easier to watch it then for me to describe it but you'll see me do it a couple times and you can also do it that just seems a little tio challenging with turning corners you can also just do a square and leave it at that it would be just fine but I like to make nice durable things especially the child's using them it's just much better to have something that's like reinforced from the get go if that makes sense so for this I've got my pen in I've got my handle correctly aligned I'm going to drop my presser foot's I have a sandwich in place drop my needle in stitch forward only red jumped out so I'm gonna fix that real quick the automatic needle furs really handy for that so now I can just simply took the thread back make sure of a nice long tail so it doesn't happen again drop the presser foot to sandwich things neatly together shot me needle you wanna stitch forward and then reversed back such and I'll just marry what I'm doing as I go now, I could take my panel because I've got a start to my scene, and I'm gonna stitch to the edge here of my underside. Now I'm going tio stitch parallel to the top of the bag, and then I'm gonna sit down now, as you can see, I'm making these ninety degree turns just really simple, these air a little softer than a typical square, but just getting everything really neat and secure rotated my whole project, although their own, because it's easier than actually moving the entire thing under the machine going to move and I'll go ahead and support now. So now I'm back where I started, so I'm going to know to make a diagonal line right across to the opposite corner, and if you didn't see it this time, you're going to get to see me. So this three more times, so absolutely no worries. If you do need to put the majority of your project under the machine, you can roll it up like this, and then I'll sit across and now I will such my second diagonal, creating the ex of this box square, and I'll reverse to catch it just like a knot. So here is my first box stitch, I'll do it big thread cut at the end, and I'm going to go ahead and do the second one so again I'm going to just a box with an x to the middle and if a different order of these diagonal lines works better for you, that is great how's everybody's searching going good this's such acute project I really love how fast it is tio ok tio to handle boxes down two to go so I am I'm no mention this in an earlier session public with application turning corners, but when you turn a corner, always make sure your needle is deeply dropped into your projects don't turn a corner or lived oppressor foot while your needle is up or your project will jump a bed and you'll lose your stitch spot so that's just one thing to always get in the habit of doing just make sure needles fully plunged into the project before you lift the presser foot in private finding this using this particular fabric compared to what you think is good cheese like the hard way yes especially like it when it's doubled just a very quick mention but my yellow and white bag was my prototype and I knew I liked the dimensions but it didn't double this top area our initial sowing of this segment and it just didn't have that body and the easiness of sewing that I think that doubled oilcloth is especially nice to work with I don't know if you guys would agree from having this morning's worth of oil aaron, you put you put the handles on the inside? Yes, yeah, you both just the post. I don't know that. Yes, um, I just tried to see variations good going round. You know, the nice thing about sewing is that there's, so many ways to put your own spin on it, which is why I mentioned with the handles as well, that you can move them a little white or a little narrower, as long as they're consistent. You absolutely don't have to follow my one inch guideline. It's. Just sort of ah, where I've made minds. You can see if you want to make a few adjustments, as long as you make it structurally sound and cute. Look at, I think we're good.

Class Description

Are you intimidated by your sewing machine? Don't be! Join experienced sewist Susan Beal as she guides you through the basics of sewing, including using straight stitches, zigzag stitches, simple appliqué, and easy binding.

Using simple projects in kid's sizes, Susan will teach you to customize t-shirts, create simple tote bags, reusable napkins, and more! You'll learn tricks that the experts use to create their own contrasting binding tape, how to sew on a variety of fabrics, and how to incorporate snaps and eyelets into your projects.

If you're a beginning sewer this course will give you clear, easy-to-follow ideas and inspiration for projects that tap into your family’s creative spirit.

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What a great class! Susan does a fabulous job explaining each project and is great at giving you a heads up on what issues you might face with each project. I've now made two applique projects with another in the works. I've also made two of the girls skirts. Susan gave me the confidence to try and I am really happy with the results. Hope to try the binding tape soon. Thanks for offering this video.

Amanda Siska

Susan's projects were the best introduction to sewing I could have hoped for! I wasn't able to watch every project, but the ones I saw were simple, VERY clearly explained, and perfect for a beginning seamstress like myself. I'd never used binding tape before, or elastic, but now I'm confident about making my own binding tape and adding elastic waistbands to pretty much anything. I was immediately inspired to make a few skirts for myself after watching the simple children's skirt in this course, and I'm planning to make cloth napkins and an oilcloth lunch sack as well. I wish I'd gotten to see the applique portion, so I think I'll have to purchase the course in order to see that part. I'm positive that it will be just what I need to learn the process! I see that the previous reviewer was disappointed by the lack of diversity of crafts for this course, but I find that the name "Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners" was completely accurate for what it was. Perhaps it was categorized in a craft category, which would still seem applicable. I think it was advertised as having back to school projects to make for your kids, which is an even more detailed description of the course, since it includes clothing for boys and girls, as well as a lunch tote, cloth napkin, cape, and maybe more things I missed. Overall, this was my first Creative Live experience, and I was blown away by how informative and fun it was to watch!


Fun projects to make for your little one. Susan explains things so clearly. Very nice that she also offers patterns and written instructions for free