Tutorial for a little wristlet

http://www.grosgrainfab.com/2011/05/free-pattern-month-day-22-made-by-rae.html#chevronsI just throw it in whatever bag or purse I happen to be carrying that day. It’s plenty big enough to hold all of the essentials: credit cards, cash, cell phone, pen and checkbook, chapstick, whatever.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
All you need is a few basic supplies…
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
Materials :
1/2 yard or less striped fabric for outside
10″x14″ piece of fabric for lining + more if you want to add a pocket
9″ zipper
It also helps to have a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler and a marking pen.
Instructions
1. Print out pattern pieces for wristlet (free download from this post). The stripes on the rectangular pieces are meant to help you line up your stripes when cutting out those pieces as shown below.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
2. Cut out 12 rectangles from the striped fabric: six rectangles with the stripes going up to the left and six with the stripes going up to the right. If you are using stripes (of any width), make sure they are parallel to the template stripes before cutting them out.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
To make sure the stripes will line up from piece to piece, after you cut your first rectangle, place it on the fabric face down and line up all the stripes carefully as shown below. Then use the first piece as a guide to cut out the next piece. Then take that next piece and place it face down and cut out the next one, and so on. If you always use the most recent piece to cut out the next piece, all of your pieces will have stripes that line up nicely.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
{ If you don’t want to print out the pattern, each rectangle is 2×7″}
 
 Tutorial for a little wristlet
3. Arrange six of the strips alternating striped direction. Make sure the stripes line up along the edges. Then sew the strips together with a 1/4″ seam allowance and right sides together:
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4. Press seam allowances apart. Trim the edges if necessary.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
 Tutorial for a little wristlet
5. Use the wristlet pattern outline to cut out two lining pieces and two outer pieces. If your outer pieces aren’t quite wide enough, don’t worry about it…as they were cut on the bias they will have a tendency to stretch a little when sewn. Just center the pattern over the striped pieces and trim as closely as possible.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
{ If you’re not using the pattern printout, you can just use a drinking glass or other round object to curve the corners of the striped rectangles and then use that shape to cut out the lining pieces.}
6. Add a pocket to the lining if you would like. I used a rectangle 5″x9″ and this tutorial from my blog.
7. Center the zipper face up over the right side of one lining piece with the edge of the zipper aligned with the top edge of the lining. (So make sure you got that: the WRONG side of the zipper is facing the RIGHT side of the lining)
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
8. Sew together with a 1/4″ seam, starting and ending where the teeth of the zipper begin and end (in other words, don’t go all the way to the end of the zipper; stop sewing when you get to those “tails” on the zipper that open apart.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
– You will have to move the head of the zipper at some point to avoid sewing over it, so when you get close to it, put your needle down, slide the head of the zipper out of the way, and continue on.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
– I use a regular presser foot for sewing zippers. I find if I line the edge of the presser foot up with the edge of the zipper, I get a nice 1/4″ seam.
9. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 for the other piece of lining and another side of zipper. The dots in the photo on the right shows where I ended the stitching.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
 Tutorial for a little wristlet
10. Center one outer piece face down on the right side of the zipper, top edge aligned with the zipper edge (So make sure you got that correctly: The RIGHT side of the outer piece is facing the RIGHT side of the zipper).
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
11. Sew together with a 1/4″ seam, just inside of the lining/zipper stitches (it helps to have the wrong side of the zipper facing up while you sew so you can see those previous stitches). This is what it will look like when you flip the striped piece away from the zipper after sewing:
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
12. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 for the other outer piece and another side of the zipper.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
13. Now it’s time to make sure everything is looking OK. When you press everything away from your zipper, the top of your zipper should look like this:
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
and the bottom of your zipper should look like this:
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
14. Cut out a 2.5″ by 13″ rectangle for the strap. Fold in halves like a hotdog and press to create a crease down the center of the rectangle. Then fold the raw edges in to meet at the center crease and fold again to hide those edges. Sew along the open side of the folded strip to finish the strap.
 
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15. Fold strap in half, pin raw edges of the strap along the raw edge of one of the striped pieces about 1/2″ below the top. Baste a little less than 1/4″ away from the edge to secure in place.
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
16. With striped pieces right sides together and lining pieces right sides together AND THE ZIPPER HALFWAY OPEN (v. important!!!), sew around the entire wristlet with a 1/4″ seam, skipping the 3″ at the bottom of the lining (it helps to mark this before you sew).
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When you get to the zipper, go very very slowly and make sure that you will not be sewing through any metal. It’s going to be close, so be careful!
– The zipper tails should be sewn towards the lining, not towards the stripes.
17. Use the turning hole to turn the wristlet right side out. Press fabric away from the zipper, and you’re finished!
  Tutorial for a little wristlet
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courtesy: grosgrainfab