I’m not really sure when I thought about making this project. I just sort of thought it would be fun to try and that it would be perfect for summer; kind of like when I made THIS lemonade, and it worked out. It’s been a good week. 😉
Speaking of lemons…
We’ll just call it a citrus wedge. How about that?
Because when you squeeze this wedge, instead of lemon juice, you get money! Oh yeah!
Thought so. 😉
Too much? 😉 Okay. Enough shenanigans.
Let’s get to sewing.
*I sourced my vinyl fabric from Jo-Ann. They used to carry an assortment of bright colors but during my last trip there, I found one lonely pink bolt in the red tag clearance section and they told me they weren’t ordering it anymore. I luckily had the yellow in my stash already. I found some colors still available at Joann.com and LOTS of colors at Fabric.com.
2. Use a ruler to straighten out the lines between the two curves.
3. Cut out your shape.
4. Trace it onto the wrong side of the other color of vinyl.
5. Cut that out. You should now have two ovals, one in each color.
6. The zipper will be sewn in like a welt pocket for this purse because I think it’s the cleanest, easiest way to install a zipper.
Select the piece of vinyl you want to show on top, turn it over to the wrong side and draw your welt pocket with pencil, in the center of the oval (as pictured). Measure out a rectangle that is about 3/8 – 1/2 inch wide and 3.5 inches or so long. You want to leave 5/8 – 3/4 of an inch on each end.**Edited to add: After posting, I thought of an easier way to create the welt opening – See Step 13.
7. Now draw your lemon wedge triangles.
8. Cut out your lemon wedges and welt pocket space with an exacto knife on top of a self healing cutting mat.
9. A small rotary cutter is also helpful and often faster. Once you get everything cut out, clean up any jagged edges as needed.
10. Now trace your welt pocket onto the wrong side of the other piece of vinyl.
11. Cut the welt pocket out for the other piece of vinyl.
13. Carefully and slowly sew the top layer to the bottom layer, around the lemon wedge openings (not the welt pocket yet). This can be tricky. It helps to lengthen your stitch and go very slowly, being careful to not the stretch the vinyl.
**Edited to add: After posting I realized that waiting to cut your welt opening after this step may be easier and help remedy any shifting that may happen while you sew the citrus wedge openings. It is not necessary to completing the project successfully, but I thought I would mention it as another option. 🙂
14. At this point the welt pocket rectangles might not match up completely perfect due to shifting. Trim back the bottom layer of vinyl if need be to ensure the welt opening is nice and clean. Next, lay your zipper underneath the welt opening.
15. Using scotch tape, tape the zipper in place.
16. Top stitch around the welt pocket from the right side. Check the back to make sure the zipper tape was sewn in with the stitching. Remove the scotch tape.
17. Cut off any excess zipper length if needed, preferably with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
18. Fold the purse in half , using the zipper as the center point. Clip layers in place with clover clips or binder clips. Sew close to the edge around the curved edge with about a 1/4″ seam allowance.
19. Trim off the seam allowance and even out the layers that may have shifted during sewing.
20. With a wide zig zag stitch, sew along the curved edge one more time. This creates a cleaner look and strengthens the seam.
(Dress: Lady Skater Pattern)