Monday, January 13, 2014

Sew Crazy Challenge- Pin Tucks!

So I mentioned in my New Year's Resolutions that I was going to try to follow Crazy Little Project's Sew Crazy Monthly Challenge.  Well, last Monday they issued the challenge.  There were four options: begin the learn to sew series, sew a maxi skirt, practice zippers and pin tucks, or work on applique. 

As soon as I saw pin tucks, I knew that's what I wanted to try.  I love pin tucks, but have never sewn any.  I'm pretty proficient with zippers, but their tutorial showed a different method that I hadn't used before so I decided to give that a try too.  The tutorial is at Simple Simon and Co. and after reading it and trying it out, I'm not sure why pin tucks scared me.

Here's my finished project.

Pin tucked, Butterfly Zipper Pouch
I chose some butterfly fabric that's been in my scrap bin for quite a while.  I think I only bought a half a yard of this to start with.  It's a busy print, but it really needed something to jazz it up.  I think the pin tucks worked perfectly.  I put in six tucks, and pressed the first three to the left and the second three to the right, which caused a strip of butterflies in the middle to stand out.  I really think it turned out cute.

It's hard to see the zipper, but by adding a tab of fabric to the start and end of the zipper, it really gives your pouch a more polished look.

I think I'll definitely use this method in the future.
The inside fabric is a bright blue.  I had bought a fat quarter pack of different shades of blue at Joann's a few months ago and I thought this one matched pretty well,

Now that I've taken the plunge and done pin tucks, I can't wait to do more.  I love blouses with pin tucks and I have a pattern, but have always been too nervous to try it.  Maybe now I will.  :)

I also can't wait to see what the February Sew Crazy challenge will be!

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