Couture Seams

1. Plain Seam

Pin fabric right sides together.

Sew 5/8 in straight seam.

Open seam (do not press yet) and sew 1/4 in straight seam on one side of the seam, and then again on the other side.

Press seam open.

Pink the edges.

Done and done.

2. Seam for delicate fabrics

5/8 in seam

stitch length 2.2

straight stitch

use size 11 needle in machine

then zig zag st length 1.4, st width 1.9

line up against the line of straight st you just did and do the zig zag st.

trim the fabric on the other side of the zig zag

press the fabric to the wrong side.

done and done.

3. french seams

put fabric wrong side together

you are st on the right side of your fabric

5/8 in seam allowance.

first sew 1/4 in straight seam.

size 90/14 needle in machine

st length 2.2

narrow seam to start with on the right side of your work.

then press the seam open.

fold the fabric so the wrong side is out.

at the folded edge, press again. the seam is right on the edge.

now sew the seam again, 3/8 in, straight st. this will enclose the previous seam.

press the seam to the back.

done and done.

4. Clean finished seam


right side down.

turn seam 1/4 in and stitch down with straight st. do with both sides.

then pin the right sides together.

sew a 3/8 in straight st seam.

press open.

done and done.


Cross Body Purse – Materials

Craftsy Class: The Cross-Body Bag: Sewing With Waxed Canvas
with Mariah McPherson
Cost: $9.99

The post went up early July, but as of today’s date (August 18, 2017), the coupon code still works.


● Fabric for outer bag (main fabric): 3⁄8 yard of 54″-wide or wider fabric, or 1⁄2 yard of
45″-wide fabric. Recommended fabrics for bag include heavyweight fabric such as
waxed canvas, denim, or duck canvas (suggested: 10-12 oz weight), or midweight
quilting cottons. If using quilting cotton, interface all Outer Bag pieces with fusible fleece.
● Fabric for lining: 1⁄4 yard 45″- or 54″-wide medium-weight fabric such as twill, lightweight
denim, poplin, or quilting cotton. If using quilting cotton, or if you want a bag with more
structure and less slouch, interface all Lining pieces with fusible interfacing.
● Fabric for pocket lining: One fat quarter (18″ x 22″) of quilting cotton or other light- to
medium-weight fabric.
● Scrap of interfacing to support the metal snap
● One 7″ closed-end metal zipper (or substitute a medium-weight nylon handbag zipper
with an extra-long pull)
● One 18 mm magnetic snap
● Two 1″ metal D-rings
● Two 1″ metal swivel clips (also called swivel hooks or push-gate hooks)
● One 1″ metal tri-glide slider (also called slides or sliders)
● 11⁄2 yards of 1″-wide webbing for straps (shown: lightweight cotton webbing)
● Thread colors to match main fabric, lining fabric, and webbing


Bag Outer Fabric – 1 yard


Bag Inner Fabric AND Pocket Liner Fabric – 1 yard


Finished Coffee/Camel Shoulder Strap


Water Soluble Fabric Marker
Singer Denim Needle Size 100/16, style 2026

By purchasing the finished shoulder strap, I save around $70 on supplies!

NOTE: In my stash, I had the 3/4 in magnetic snaps by Dritz and the 7 in zipper from (which costs WAY less than Amazon on almost everything [I got 10 of the 7 in zippers for $2 including shipping], even though it’s the same stuff – the only difference is it takes like a month to come over from China, so it’s worth stocking up).



Charm Square Quilt – FINISHED

Finished my charm square quilt! Amazing! Sized for a baby, colors for an adult! This works well as a lap blanket for an adult, or a present for someone in a wheelchair.

This is the perfect size for a beginner’s quilt. Honestly, though, it’s not the most useful size for an adult – you’d want it to be at least 45 x 60, or 60 x 60 to be useful as a television throw.

I like the look of the quilt without the ugly hand ties the best. Quilters say that they use that technique mostly for charity quilting, and I can see why. It can be done quickly and cheaply, and it is functionally a good option. But, let’s be honest, it’s not a style most of us would want in our homes.

I’m guessing that Gibson did not add a machine quilting option because that lets her sell three separate “Learn to Sew” classes on Craftsy. The second class is a slightly bigger quilt, I think 45 x 60, with a fluted edge and machine quilting, and the third quilt is the biggest quilt, with a (I’m guessing, the dimensions are not listed) a twin blanket sized quilt, and has a bound edge and machine quilting.

charm square quilt 1

charm square quilt 2

I’m not usually a fan of recommending classes I haven’t taken, but if you want a really thorough and well rated quilting class (that is 14 lessons long, instead of the usual 7), check out “Startup Library: Quilting” and use coupon code “S5R63K6” for 50% off the class (which I think is good until either the end of August 2017 or until August 14, 2017, I don’t remember which). I confess I have not bought the class yet, because I am still debating between that class, Gibson’s other two classes, and the “Start Free Motion Quilting” class that is on sale today for $12.00 (instead of the usual $39.99). And I actually would prefer to learn Free Motion Quilting (“FMQ”).

NOW, I must say, do sign up for the FREE CRAFTSY CLASS (sponsored by the rotary tool maker Olfa) called “Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills” by Gail Kessler. The instructor is fantastic, the skills thorough (but more geared for advanced beginner or intermediate quilters). I would start with the first Gibson class, the Baby Quilt class that I did, and then progress to the others. EVERY SKILL she teaches in her one class is in the Gibson class and the Startup Library class. The Gibson class and Startup Library class simply act as filters and keep the more advanced information out of their classes, which make it easier for a beginner or total newbie. But they do it as a cost, so YMMV.