Each of these pieces was cut in a strip (from selvedge to selvedge on the fabric) for the width of each piece and then cut smaller along the length to make the right length for each piece.
skirt fabric (100% cotton)
skirt lining fabric (cotton/poly blend—broadcloth works well)
3/4 inch elastic
large safety pin
You are done—whew!
I generally gather with 2 rows of stitching because it is faster than 3 rows and looks almost as goos, but for the items I sell, I use three rows because it really looks better. Here’s an example. Row 1 has 1 row of stitching and you can see how it is a little lumpy. Row 2 has 2 rows of stitching and it looks pretty good. Row 3 has 3 rows of stitching and it also looks pretty good.
JOINING: To join your gathered edge fabric to the piece it will be sewn to, always line up the edges and put the non-gathered fabric on the bottom. This way, you can control how the gathered edge is going into the machine since it tries to move and pucker.
I love power tools and one of my favorites is my jig saw. I used it the other day to make this super funky frame! (other things I made using a jig saw are: planter box, circle lamp, bathroom mirror, pencil bedposts in kid’s room)
I had some scrap pieces of MDF left over from a counter top I made so I thought why not cut out a frame? I made a template out of paper.
I bought a dollar store frame to use as the back so I needed to trace the opening.
Then I traced the template on the MDF board. You could use any scrap of wood you have. If you don’t have a scrap piece you can buy small boards at any home improvement store.
It is easier if you cut out the center first. I drill a hole in one of the corners so the blade of the jigsaw has a starting point.
After the center is cut go ahead and cut the shape of the frame out.
It will not be perfect but that is when the sandpaper comes into play. Sand down the edges to smooth everything out. This pictures is before I sanded. I forgot to take one of after.
I painted it a bright white. I always ALWAYS use foam brushes. You get a much smoother finish than with a bristle brush. Mulitple thin coats are better than a couple thick coats. You can spray paint it as well.
I currently don’t have a router or else I could have routed out a groove on the back for the glass and picture to set in. But a $1.00 frame from the craft store work great too. I just glued it onto the back.
In hind sight, I probably should have glued it before I painted. The gap would have been less noticeable. But I just painted along the seam and it was fine.
And there you go! I apologize for all the shadows. I was working with zero natural light here. But you get the idea :)
Don’t you want to go out and buy a jig saw??? They are only about $20 bucks. . . I’m just sayin’.
I am here to tell you how many projects failed this time around—for a variety of reasons! This Reversible Bucket Bag was created out of the ashes of those failures, though, and it turns out that I love it! I made it reversible because I am a little addicted to the idea of reversible things even if it is never reversed!
Go check out Tammy’s blog She Wears Flowers for more awesome ideas!