Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gathered Pockets Tutorial: Cabrio Tote Sew Along!

If you can’t find fold over elastic there are 2 other ways to get the same effect! Here is a quick tutorial on two different ways to gather pockets!
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Pocket A:
First fold the 7”X 14” pocket fabric in half to find the center. Draw a chalk line 1/2” below the center line. Set up your machine for shirring and shirr the fabric across the chalk line.
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It should start to pucker up and the gather as you sew across the pocket.
OR
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Pocket B:
Fold the fold the 7”X 14” pocket fabric in half to find the center. Draw a chalk line 1/2” below the center line on the back of the pocket fabric. Place one piece of 1/4” wide elastic measuring 10” along the chalk line. Set your sewing machine to a wide, open zig zag stitch. While you stretch the elastic zig zag stitch in a straight line.
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Pin your pocket right sides together! The 1/4” elastic is on the left side and the elastic thread technique is on the right side.
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Sew down the two sides, tack stitching the elastic at the top of the pockets.
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Turn right side out and iron! With a hot press the pockets will gather even more!
Now you are ready to use your pockets according to the Cabrio Tote Pattern!
Happy Sewing!
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4 comments:

Kelly Rachel said...

These are great instructions, thanks Leah! Will see what I can do as I don't have the elastic.

Kimminita said...

Thanks so much! Getting on it first thing tomorrow!

Spare+a_pair said...

HELP!!!! I am still back on the gathering of the bottom lining step. I CAN NOT get the fabric to gather - it seems too stiff with the lining on the back. Each time I pull the threads, the string breaks before I can get it gathered fully! I could use some more tips before my machine goes through the window! :)

Sew Spoiled said...

There is another way!
Take a long piece of floss and zig zag stitch over the floss. (Make sure the floss is not sewn.) When you are finished sewing a zig zag stitch over the floss for the length of the project pull the fabric and it will gather for you just like a shower curtain on a straight rod.
Best Wishes!
Leah