Iron Craft Challenge 10: Fat Quarter Zipper Wristlet/Party Purse!
This week's Iron Craft challenge was to create something using a single fat quarter (other non-fabric materials allowed). I didn't have any fat quarters on hand, but since they measure about 18" x 22", I made sure the amount of fabric I used did not exceed that. I have been thinking a lot about law school graduation (by which I mean obsessing), and I plan on having a good time on graduation night. Dancing, drinking, karaoke-ing? Who knows, but I decided a tight-strapped wristlet is essential if all of my necessities (ID, cash, cards, phone . . .) are going to make it home with me at the end of the night. Like mittens on a string, I figure the wristlet will keep my stuff together while my mind is otherwise occupied.
I started with some of my husband's old dress pants (out of the same stash I made my draft dodgers out of). I cut four rectangles, each 4 3/4" x 6 1/2", and stabilized two of them with interfacing. I rounded the bottom corners of each rectangle. I sewed the two stabilized piece together, wrong sides facing out; I stitched along one short side, along the bottom and up the other side, leaving the top open. I repeated the process with the other pair of rectangles. I turned the stablilized layer rightside out, then tucked the other layer inside. I used seam tape to finish the raw top edge. Using a small, silver belt buckle I bought as part of a lot in a thrift store, I created a leather strap.
It took me a while to decide on the adornment for the outside. I thought about some sort of flower (although I didn't want to break the Iron Craft rules by using more fabric) or maybe some buttons. I wanted something more dramatic, though--I'm only going to graduate from law school once, after all. I love the look of the zipper details that I've been seeing on the necklines of dresses and shirts. I bought a heavy duty jacket zipper with silvery teeth and unzipped it before starting. I basically just curled, looped, and folded the zipper until I got a shape that I liked, then hand-stitched it. I made the entire zipper detail before attaching it to the purse. I tacked it into place with hot glue, then stitched it down. I haven't decided on a closure for the top of the purse, but I'm leaning toward a simple invisible zipper.
I love the way this wristlet turned out and I can't wait to use it. This process could also be used to make a camera case, small makeup bag, or a coin purse. Also, the zipper detail could be slapped on about anything (shirt, cuff, headband?). Be creative and enjoy!