It’s that time of year when we’re looking for nice gifts for our friends and relations. I am always on a quest to give something handmade, especially to those that appreciate handmade gifts. Handmade gifts are more time consuming so I think you have to be careful to plan ahead and not make things to complicated.
I was recently sent a sample pack of Vlieseline Lamifix to try out. Lamifix is an iron on laminate coating for any fabric. The prospect of this was really quite exciting as pre-laminated fabrics come in a fairly limited amount of designs. Using Lamifix would mean any pretty/crazy/licenced print/plain or other fabric could be turned into laminated fabric. So I was very up for having a try with this product. I decided to tie my try out in with a gift idea and write it up as a tutorial.
This is a tutorial for a simple small boxy toiletry bag. Just the right size to hold a couple of Lush bath bombs! You could easily re scale this to a larger bag too!
Download the pattern here pouch pattern
Fabric 2 x 25cm x 30cm
plastic teeth dress zip measuring at least 10″
How to make:
- Cut two pieces from the pattern for the outer bag and two for the lining. Apply the Lamifix to the pieces you are using for the outer. Lamifix is very easy to apply, it’s very similar to applying interfacing (full instructions come in the pack). I did abandon the covering cloth for a final iron. I have recently bought an iron that heats to the appropriate temperature for your fabric. ( I thought this might be a good choice in sewing classes where people are sewing different types of fabric -avoiding melted linings etc) however I don’t think this iron gets quite as hot as the ones with heat settings so you may find that the Lamifix sticks perfectly well with a cloth between the work and the iron.
- With the right side of the zip facing the right side of one long edge of the bag. (Ideally using a zip that is longer than this edge so both ends hang over). Pin together and stitch using a zipper foot. If you live in Leicester or Birmingham you may have already discovered the fantastic wholesaler Nova trimmings. Nova trimmings also sell to the public with a low minimum spend. They sell packs of 10 zips for around £2-3 a pack. I tend to stock up on longer length zips which can be used full length or cut down to smaller sizes catering for lots of projects!
- Place the second side of the bag right sides together to the other edge of the zip. Check that the side edges of the bag are matching if you are using a zip that is longer than the opening. Stitch in place using a zipper foot.
- When both edges are stitched open out and gently press flat.
- Now to add the lining. Place the right side of the lining to the wrong side of the zip, stitch with a zipper foot. The zip tape will be sandwiched between the outer and lining fabric once stitched.
- Repeat so that both pieces of lining are stitched to the zip. Gently press the lining away from the zip.
- Join the sides and base. With right sides together stitch the sides and lower edge of the outer fabric. Join the sides and lower edge of the lining, leaving a gap in the lower edge approximately 10cm long for turning through. Do leave a good size gap for turning through as the fabric with Lamifix applied creases quite easily. Leave the corners unstitched.
- Fold the open corners of the end that has the closed end of the zip flat. With the seams matched and in the middle pin and stitch across. You can stitch through the zip teeth just take it slowly at this point.
- Fold the open corners of both sides of the lining in the same way with seams matched and in the middle. Pin and stitch.
- For the final corner fold the zip teeth to match the side seam, as with previous corners. Pin and stitch from the outer edge to the zip teeth, stopping in the middle. Catch one side of the zip teeth but not both.
- Before you sew the other side make sure the zip is open a little bit so the zip puller is in the opening. Pin and stitch in the same way as the other side of this corner. Ensure the zip teeth are close together and you are stitching though only one side of the zip teeth.
- Once you are happy the corners are ok and the zip secured you can trim the zip length to approximately 2-3cm longer than the seam.
- Turn the bag through the gap in the lining.
- Press the gap in the lining in line with the seam.
- Machine the gap close to the folded edge. Push the lining back inside the bag.I did find the Lamifix creased quite a lot when turning through but I managed to smooth out most of the wrinkles. The product information states that you can wipe clean the laminated fabric but not wash it which is worth bearing in mind depending on what you are making with it. It has a slightly more papery feel than ready laminated fabric which may change depending on what fabric you use. I would like to try it with a linen weight fabric next. I found it easy to use and I am pleased with my little pouch which is now ready to be wrapped containing a couple of bath bombs for a Christmas gift. If you fancy making this pouch or trying Lamifix with another idea you can buy it from these two suppliers: www.ladysewandsew.co.uk. www.six-penny.com