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Tetrahedron Zipper Coin Pouch

Posted October 30, 2013 By lady rain
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Zipper Coin Pouch

It’s time to do some sewing with this next craft project. This cute tetrahedron zipper coin pouch makes a nice little giveaway gift for Christmas. The project does not require a sewing machine. The stitches are easier being hand sewn than with a sewing machine.

The materials required for this project are:

1 zip (50cm long)

a needle

a spool of thread

colourful ribbons

a pair of scissors

sewing pins

 

Instructions:

Lay the zip on a flat surface. Make a mark at the bottom stop of zip and another mark 5cm from it as shown.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Unzip the zip. Take the right side of the zip and bend it around the 2nd marker so that the side overlaps itself. Sew with a matching colour thread to hold the shape. It doesn’t matter what stitch you use as long as it can be easily removed if you need to make some adjustments. The stitches do not have to look perfect because they will be covered by the ribbon later.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Tuck the bottom tape extension of the zip under and then fold the right side of the zip around so that it overlaps with the left side of the zip.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Continue stitching to hold the two overlapping sides together.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Test the zip as you sew. The shape of the pouch should start to look something like.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Continue to zip the pouch until you reach the top stop of the zipper.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Press the sides of the pouch together with your fingers. If everything goes well, you should get a tetrahedron shape pouch with four triangular sides. Tuck the top end of the zip inside. Use a pin to hold the zip in place so that you can stitch easily.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

If the pouch does not form this tetrahedron shape, you have to undo the stitches to make some adjustments. You can also use pins to hold the zip together while you try to get the shape you want for the pouch. It can be a little tricky with the pins unless you are extra careful with handling the pouch without getting pricked by the pins!

When you are satisfied with the shape of your zipper coin pouch, use strips of ribbon to decorate the inside and outside of the pouch. I have chosen Christmas ribbons for the outside of the coin pouch.

Ribbons

 

Start from the bottom of the zip again and cover the zip fabric with ribbon. Make sure the ribbon is in between the zipper so that the it does not get stuck when you zip or unzip the pouch. Attach the ribbon to the pouch and sew.

Loop a short strip of ribbon and insert the ends of the ribbons in between the overlapping parts at the top of the pouch. Sew to secure the ribbon.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

Similarly, use another ribbon to line the inside of the pouch to cover the stitches.

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

And, this project is completed!

Zipper Coin Pouch

 

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How To Make A Pet Bed for Birds

Posted July 20, 2013 By lady rain
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When it comes to pampering your pet, nice dog beds and cat beds are always available in the pet stores. I could not find a smaller pet bed that is suitable for a pigeon. Pet pigeons like to nestle in soft beds just like cats and dogs, too.

Bird beds are smaller in size and they can be made from recycled materials found in the house.  My pet pigeon loves fleecy materials so I am going to use an old fleece jumper as the pet bed material, and the insides of an old pillow for stuffing the bird bed.

Pet Bed

 

Cut out the sleeves of the fleece jumper. Trim away the lower part of the sleeves to make two rectangular shapes.

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Sew and join the two pieces of material together at the shorter sides to make a long piece. This long piece is for making the side of the bed.

Pet Bed

 

Cut out two round shapes from the body of the fleece jumper.

Pet Bed

 

Fold the long piece that was cut earlier in half lengthwise and insert it between the two round shapes. Align the edges of the long piece with the circumference of the round pieces. Hold the materials in place with pins.

Pet Bed

 

Continue tucking the long piece until it covers the whole circumference around the round shapes.

Pet Bed

 

Starting at one end of the long piece that is in between the round pieces, sew along the edges of the round shape. Leave an opening when reaching the other end of the long strip.

Pet Bed

 

Invert the whole project by pulling out the materials through the opening.

Pet Bed

 

The pet bed should look something like this.

Pet Bed

 

Insert the pillow stuffing into the side and bottom of the bed to make it soft and comfy.

Pet Bed Pet Bed

 

Stitch up the opening and the pet bed is ready for use.

Pet Bed

 

And, Birdie loves her bed. Watch a video of Birdie in her new bed.

Pet Bed

 

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