Baby and Kids, tutorial

Pink Friendship Bracelets Tutorial: Color Your Summer

[Just re-posting this from when I shared this tutorial for Color Your Summer over at Delia Creates, my color was pink!]

Thanks so much Delia for putting together another round of Color Your Summer! I’m so happy to be joining in this year.  I definitely can  relate to PINK, after all I’ve got two little girls who both love pink.  

I tried to convert them to liking other colors, was pretty sucessfull for a while.  My oldest liked red for a long time, my youngest used to love blue, but now they both change their minds almost daily (like their mother perhaps?!).

So I figured they might give me some inspiration for this Color Your Summer project.  It worked pretty well.  I definitely think they’ll be giving their friends these fabric friendship bracelets.

These are so easy and quick to make up, use your favorite fabric and you’ll have plenty leftover.  Just don’t forget to share them with your friends!


  • 2″ tall by 7.5″ long piece of fabric (longer or shorter depending on the size wrists you’ll be making them for)
  • scrap of lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)
  • embroidery floss for the ties
  • thread, etc.

 Measure your wrist, below is an example of my wrist and how I got the measurement.

Step 1:
Cut your fabric, fuse on interfacing if you choose to use some).  I used Robert Kaufmann Essex Linen in Hot Pink!

Step 2:

Press the fabric in by 1/4″ on all 4 sides.

Fold in half lengthwise again.

Step 3:

Braid three strands of embroidery floss.  Make two, about 6″ long, tie knots at each end on both pieces.

Step 4:

Sew around all four edges, tucking the braided ties into each end as you go.

Step 5:
Wear and share with your friends!

Here’s to a great summer!

Bags, Wallets, and Zips, sewing, tutorial

open wide zippered pouch tutorial size chart

open wide zip pouch size chart
Please refer to the full tutorial HERE for step-by-step instructions and pictures. 
For the contrast bottom style pouches, simply cut two pieces of each measurement listed in the chart (right column) and sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
So for the medium size pouch:
– Cut two pieces 4.5″ tall by 12″ wide and two pieces 5.5″ tall (the contrast bottom) by 12″ wide.
– Place one pouch top fabric right sides together with one contrast bottom fabric piece and sew along 12″ length using a 1/2″ seam allowance, thus making one exterior.
– Repeat with remaining fabrics to complete the back exterior.
– Cut 2 lining pieces as listed in second column.

Approximate Finished Dimensions (width and depth measured at base):
Small // 4.5″ H x 5″ W x 3.5″ D
Medium // 6″ H x 6.5″ W x 4″ D
Large // 8.5″ H x 8″ W x 4.5″ D
Fabrics: The Hello Kitty fabrics from the first post were purchased at, seems like Hello Kitty is popping up a lot, so keep your eye open if you’re a fan (yip yip!)
The medium size pouch is patchwork using an Umbrella Prints Trimmings pack, if you’ve never seen their fabrics I suggest you check them out, all handprinted in Australia.  Love their basecloth and style.
The small pouch main fabric is handprinted by my friend Leslie who runs Maze & Vale, where she sells her handprinted fabric and goodies.  She’s hosting a handprinted fabric swap now which is really cool.
The bottom contrast band to all the pouches is Robert Kaufman cotton linen in denim purchased at Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Love this stuff, it’s like a favorite pair of jeans.
The yellow fabric (large pouch) is Pure Elements in Empire Yellow by Art Gallery Fabrics, believe me, you need every color.
And last but not least, my zippers all were purchased from Zipit on Etsy from my lovley (and fellow Wisconsinite!) Jennie.  She’s the coolest, plus her zippers are beautiful!
Happy sewing everyone!!!
If you’ve enjoyed this free tutorial, please stop by my pattern shop for lots of other projects to sew!
Bags, Wallets, and Zips

open wide zippered pouch: DIY tutorial

Doesn’t it ever get annoying digging through a zippered pouch?  I love being able to see what’s inside and what I’m searching for.  I spotted this little pouch the other day and had to make something similar.

I also made a bunch of sizes, but today I’ll show you the small size, next time, I’ll share the medium and large sizes (not pictured) so you can make all three!


  • fabric, 1/4 yard would be plenty
  • zipper, at least 10″ long or longer
  • thread
  • interfacing of your choice, I used Pellon 101SF, or skip it all together
  • scrap for zipper end pull
** Update: three sizes chart post here

(1/2″ seam allowance, unless otherwise noted)

(Optional) Fuse on or baste on interfacing of your choice to main exterior pieces.

Lay one exterior piece right side up, lay zipper (teeth side down) on top with the zipper pull at the left – aligning zipper tape edge to the raw edges of the top of the exterior piece.  Tuck in pull side zipper end, just bend it 90 degrees.  You may choose to sew it down, or just pin it in place like I did.  Make sure the metal bit of the zipper is just about 3/4″ away from the left edge.  Layer lining piece on top, right side down on top of zipper.  Pin and baste, you can skip this part, but basting really does help things from slipping around too much.

Use your zipper foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew over basting stitches, but not all the way to the end.

At about 1″ before the edge of the fabric, stop, backstitch, and then pull the zipper away from the seam, bending it down out of the way, in towards the fabrics.  The whole point is to pull it out of the way so it doesn’t get caught in the seam.  Continue stitching along the fabrics until the edge.

Flip so that the fabrics are wrong sides facing and press.

Lay the remaining exterior piece right side up, lay zipper (with fabrics attached) on top – teeth side down with the zipper pull at the right. Tuck in pull side zipper end, just bend it 90 degrees, just like before, making sure the metal bit of the zipper is just over 3/4″ away from the right edge this time. Lay lining piece right side down on top.  Pin and baste.  Using the zipper foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance sew over basting stitches, but not all the way to the end just like before. 

Again, about 1″ before the edge of the fabric, stop, backstitch, and then pull the zipper away from the seam, bending it down, in towards the fabrics.  Continue stitching along the fabrics until the edge.  Flip so that the fabrics are wrong sides facing and press. Do NOT topstitch along either side of the zipper at this point, we’ll be doing that in another step towards the end. This is what you’ve got so far:

Next. flip so that the exterior fabrics are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together (with the zipper hidden in the middle). 

Open the zipper at least half way at this point!  

Pin and sew around all edges leaving approximately a 4″ opening in the bottom (or side) of the lining.  You’ll be using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Be sure to get close to the metal zipper ends on one side, and bending the zipper end down into the pouch on the other side making sure it doesn’t get caught in the seam.  


Box the corners by pinching each corner together and aligning each corresponding side/bottom seam, one corner at a time.  Use a ruler and water soluble marker to mark a line perpendicular to the side seam 3.5″ long.

Sew along that line, trim the seam allowance.  Do this for all four corners (two exterior, two lining).

Pull pouch right side out through the opening you left in the lining.  Tuck in raw edges of opening. Sew opening in lining closed using a small seam allowance by machine (sewing close to the fold as in the above picture) or hand stitch the opening closed.  Push lining into exterior.  Press around entire opening and carefully along the zipper.

Topstitch using a slightly longer stitch length (and taking your time) around the entire opening of the pouch.

Trim the zipper tail so that you have about 1″ of space past the pouch’s side (be careful not to accidentally slide the zipper pull off the zipper!).

For making the zipper pull tab, take a 2″x3″ piece of fabric.

Press all edges in by 1/2″, slip over zipper end.

Fold in half, sew around all four edges of the tab.

That’s it!  Enjoy your super functional pouch and have fun being able to find the things you need easily!!!