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Train Case

Project #18324
18324

Headed somewhere? Get there in style with this fun and fashion-forward statement that perfectly showcases your creativity!



Fabric Requirements:

Yardage FabricInstructions
Fat 1/4Exterior fabric Cut (2) circles on fold
Cut (1) large rectangle on fold
Cut (1) small rectangle
Cut (1) medium rectangle
Fat 1/4Lining fabricCut (2) circles on fold
Cut (1) large rectangle on fold
Cut (1) small rectangle
1/4 ydFoam interfacingCut (2) circles on fold
Cut (1) large rectangle on fold
2/3 ydWoven interfacingCut (2) Circles on fold
Cut (1) large rectangle on fold
Cut (2) small rectangles
Cut (1) medium rectangle
114" Handbag zipper
Fabric marker

Notes:

  • Finished Size: 5" x 5 1/2"
  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • Fat 1/4 = approximately 18" x 22"

Assembling the Project:

  1. Attach respective fabrics to foam interfacing or woven interfacing using the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Press the medium rectangle in half along the long edge, wrong sides together, so that both edges meet. Fold the top of the fabric down to the crease. Press. Open. Open out again, and then fold the other edge in to meet the crease and press. Pin, and topstitch both long edges using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  3. Place the medium rectangle on the tight side of the exterior circle. Position the medium rectangle halfway down from the top of the exterior circle. Pin in place. Sew each short end of the medium rectangle using a 1/8" seam allowance. After sewing it in place, it will have a bit of a lift to it.
  4. Trim the zipper so that it is exactly 13 1/4" long.
  5. Place the small exterior rectangle right side facing the right side of the zipper, with the short edge even with the short end of the zipper. Pin in place, and sew across the short end using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  6. Place the small lining rectangle right side facing you. Place the small exterior rectangle from the previous step face down directly on tape. Sew directly on top of the previous line of stitching. Flip the fabrics so that they are wrong sides together, and press. Topstitch the finished edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.
  7. Repeat steps 5−6 for the remaining short end of the same zipper and the opposite ends of the same small rectangles. You should have created a ring.
  8. Fold the large exterior rectangle right sides together so that both short ends meet. Sew the short end, and press the seam open. Repeat for the large lining rectangle but at a 3/8" seam allowance.
  9. Fold the zipper in half so that you create a crease in the middle of the small rectangle. With a fabric marker, mark the middle of the small rectangle and the center crease opposite to it (the wrong side of the zipper) on both halves of the zipper. Next, fold the zipper so that both of the markings from the previous step meet. Mark both ends, on the wrong side of the zipper and also on both halves of the zipper at the new creases. The four markings will now be referred to as quarter markings. Repeat for the large exterior rectangle and the large lining rectangle. Start by marking the seam and directly opposite the seam.
  10. Finger press all circles vertically and horizontally to mark four quarter markings on each. Place the circle with the handle and the long edge of the zipper right sides together, aligning the markings that you made (make sure two of the quarter markings are centered across the handle−the handle should not be aligned with the back seam). Pin in place, easing the zipper all the way around the exterior circle; clip the curved edges about 1/8" high in order to ease the fabric through the curves. Sew the pinned edges using a zipper foot, 1/4" away from the zipper teeth.
  11. Place the lining circle right sides together with the exterior circle that you attached in the previous step. Pin in place. Leave the zipper unzipped but make sure that the zipper is tucked safely inside. Flip to the wrong side of the exterior, and sew directly on top of the previous stitching, leaving at least a 2−3" opening. Remove the zipper foot. Turn the fabrics wrong sides together, and press. Press the opening toward the wrong sides together and press. Also press the opening toward the wrong side by 1/4". Topstitch the fabric using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  12. Unzip the zipper. Place the large exterior rectangle right side facing you, with a seam in front of you. Place the zipper face down directly on top, matching up the quarter markings. The long edge of the zipper should be even with the long top edge of the large exterior rectangle, and the small rectangle should be centered on the seam. Make sure that the zipper is not twisted. Pin all the way around the length of the zipper, then put on the zipper foot and sew 1/4" away from the zipper teeth.
  13. Place the large lining rectangle right sides together with the large exterior rectangle, sandwiching the zipper in between. Again, match up the quarter markings, and align large rectangle seams. Sew from the wrong side of the exterior, directly on top of the previous stitching. Remove the zipper foot.
  14. Flip the exterior and lining fabrics wrong sides together, and press. Topstitch the finished edge near the zipper using a 1/8" seam allowance.
  15. Unzip the zipper. Separate the exterior and lining fabrics so that they are on either side of the zipper. Using the quarter markings, pin the remaining lining circle to the large lining rectangle, and do the same for the exterior circle and large exterior rectangle. Sew the exterior using a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew the lining using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave at least a 3" small opening in the lining.
  16. Turn right side out through the opening in the lining. Either machine stitch the opening in the lining closed using a 1/8" seam allowance, or slipstitch the opening closed by hand. Place the lining inside the exterior, wrong sides together. Press well.

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