This week and a half have been so jammed packed and I haven’t got near a computer. We have been starting our vegie garden and already see signs of life from our lettuce and carrot seeds. I have been at the sewing machine adjusting a scrubs pattern for a family member and sewing up my first pair, there will be more of these to come next week. Perfecting a mask pattern and fabrics best to be used for them. Yes, the usual at home jobs that are always there; baking, cleaning and laundry (there is always laundry). But most excitably, I have been putting together this little pattern to share with you here. I wanted a cover for the shopping trolley handle as we mostly have hand sanitiser, but what if they don’t? And I needed somewhere for my keys, shopping list, phone and card so nothing had to touch any other part of the trolley. So here it is with a list of some great sewing shops (at the end) to help you out with all your needs for this project. They are friends of mine so let them know that Kim sent you over.
Please note: I am a rough designer. I design and play with things to make them fit the purpose to which they are needed. If you have wider handles cut it wider, don’t need a fob or can’t get one, don’t need to add one.
What you will need:
Handle 2 of 8″ X 20″
Pocket 2 of 6″ X 10
2 of 5″ X 10″
Fob strap I use the scraps from either the handle or pocket (see cutting out section)
Interfacing or Parlan for the pocket: 1 of 6″ X 10″ Parlan is my prerference
1 of 5″ X 10″
Thin wadding or Pellon for the handle: 1 of 8″ X 20″ Wadding is my preference
1 Key fob – any size, just needs to work for your keys
5 snap sets or 18″ velcro – depends on your preference or what you have.
You will also need cutting tools, I use a ruler, cutter and mat, but pencil, ruler and scissors is also fine.
You will need sewing tools and a machine. If you don’t have a machine, you can hand stitch, just remember to back stitch every 3-4 stitches to prevent pulling. I have an overlocker, but you can use zig zag to finish of the edges on the pocket if you don’t have one.
I use a 3/8″ seam as that is what I am used to working with and it is easy as it is the edge of my “A” foot. But give or take a 1/8″ it will still work.
To get the most out of my fabric I cut it this way. If you are using scraps then cut how you need to. As my fabric is mostly on the bolt, it is already folded in half with selvages together.
- From your handle fabric cut 1 X 8″ strip WOF (width of fabric). Cut the selvage off (close), then measure 20″ and cut again. Save the extra bit on the fold as this may be your wider piece for the fob strap.
2. From your pocket fabric, cut 1 X 6″ strip WOF (width of fabric). Cut the selvage off (close), then measure 10″, cut and measure another 10″ and cut again. Save the extra bit on the fold as this may be your wider piece for the fob strap.
3. Take one of the 6″ X 10″ sections and cross cut down to 5″ X 10″ (see below)
4. Cut your Parlan and wadding (or Interfacing and Pellon) to the dimension in the list above.
5. If your Parlan and wadding are fusible, adhere to the back of your fabrics.
6. Choose your fob strap piece. It will need to be at lease 1 1/2″ wide on the fold.
Making the Fob strap:
- Fold your piece over right sides together and stitch across the short side and then down the long side securing your stitches at the start and end.
- Turn right sides out and press with your iron.
- Thread the short sewn end of the strap through the loop of the fob and fold the strap back on itself (see below).
- Stitch in place securely, going over it at lease 3-4 times.
- Put to one side.
Making the Pocket:
- Put the 5″ X 10″ pieces right sides together (one with Parlan on the back) and stitch ONE of the long sides together.
- Turn right sides out and press well so that the seam is on the fold.
- Top stitch this sewn edge. (I eyeball about 1/8″ from the edge, but do what you prefer as your distance, just make it as straight as you can. You could try a decorative stitch in a coordinating thread).
- Layer up the pocket. Place one 6″ X 10″ piece face down on your mat, then your Parlan (if not adhered) and then the other 6″ X 10″ piece face up. Lay your pocket front with the better side facing down. All unsewn edges should be aligned.
- Stitch the two short sides and the remaining longer side. Clip corners and overlock or zig zag (use what you have).
6. Turn out and press. There is a small section at the top where the overlocking will be seen and you can stitch this down, but I didn’t bother and haven’t found it to be a problem. Put pocket to one side.
Putting it all together:
- On your mat lay down your wadding, and one 8″ X 20″ pieces right side up. This is your main view on the cover so make sure it is the best piece.
- Then you need to line up your fob and pocket with their good sides down. (so the pocket opening will be facing down and the stitching on the fob will be facing up). I use a very strategic form of measure for this, my hand (about 4″).
3. Then lay the other 8″ X 20″ piece right side down over all the other pieces. Pin or clip together. I found clips better for the thickness.
4. Sew down this side securing all these pieces together.
5. Sew one of the short sides and then tuck the fob and pocket in and sew the other longer side.
6. Turn and press. Poke the remaining short side in and press (makes it easier for stitching). Then stitch close to the edge so you catch both sides, or handstitch closed for a neater finish. I just stitch close using my machine.
7. Attach your velcro or put in your snaps. I use snaps, KAM brand, but there are a couple of different types. I have two big green presses, but there is also a hand held option if you don’t do many of them. You could also sew on press studs or make button holes for buttons (but these would take the longest to put on and take off at the supermarket).
8. And now you are done – give yourself a pat on the back and grab a glass of wine.
Shop for the goodies:
During my time of owning my patchwork shop, I met these lovely ladies and recommend them for great fabric and service. Don’t be put off if they don’t have items up on webpages, just send them a message or ring and they will help.
Setting up a webpage with everything you have is really hard. I have options for both East and West coasts of Australia to help everyone out and post is always an option. If you are international, just message and if they have international post as an option they can let you know what the go is. These are in no particular order.
A. Kraft Daze Sewing World – Western Australia – Jenny and Andrew www.kraftdaze.com.au
B. All About Sewing – Wyong, NSW – Jodie https://www.allaboutsewing.net.au/
C. Two Friends Leeton – Leeton, NSW – Sharyn https://twofriends.com.au/
D. Country Pickins at the Corner – Taree, NSW – Robyen https://countrypickins.com.au/
Enjoy sewing, take care,