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Give a Little Gift - Day 2 - Off to School

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Sahara Fabric's awesome waterproof oxford is perfect for sewing up so many different projects! Today we have some gift ideas for teachers and students in your life. Most of these stitch up in no time flat and are perfect for gifting on their own, filled with supplies, or maybe as a cute add-on for a gift card.

Gift Idea 1:  Device cases!

Waterproof oxford on the outside and something soft and cushy on the inside--minky or fleece or cuddle luxe. Add some batting between the layers or pieces of foam for extra protection. The new Double Zipper Vertical Bag is perfect for device cases. Slide the device in the main pocket, and use the front pocket for the cord, charger, and other accessories. The outer shell of Sahara's waterproof oxford protects from incidental splashes and raindrops!

Know a voracious reader? Maybe you're gifting an e-reader. This 6x8 size holds the current Paperwhite and charger cord. (Of course check the measurements of your particular device and any cases you might have on it!)

The 8x12 version of the Double Zip Vertical Bag is perfect for small tablets (an iPad mini, perhaps? Santa, are you reading this?) and huge graphing calculators. 

Gift Idea 2: Pencil cases!

Grab new packs of their favorite pens and pencils (while they're clearancing out the school supply sections!) and make up snazzy new cases to start off next semester fresh. The Top Zip Pencil Cases hold just about everything! 

Gift Idea 3: Incidental cases!

The Makeup Stash Zipper Bag holds all the stuff you need to get you through the day. Make one of these for everyone on your list, choosing prints to match personalities and interests. This is the 5x7 size, and it holds everything pictured. It easily slides into a purse, backpack, or work satchel. The waterproof oxford will protect against anything inside leaking out onto your other belongings. (Have you ever had one of those anti-bag pods leak in your purse? Ugh!) Even the guys in your life can use something like this--throw in some fingernail clippers too! My husband uses his incidental case all the time. I made one for his car, one for his desk, and one for his work bag.

 

All packed up and ready for success!

Gift Idea 4: Sunglasses Cases!

I sewed up this XL Sunglasses case from the Vertical Top Zipper Bag Set for my favorite biology student's lab goggles to protect them in her backpack. (The sunglasses case also holds, well, sunglasses, but it is a perfect, discreet case for hygiene products too.)

Gift Idea 4: Snack bags!

The Top Zip Square Zipper Bags hold snacks and all sorts of odds and ends. I pieced together the front of that 6x6 square on the sewing machine using my scraps, and the oxford sews like a dream! The 7x7 square on the bottom left fits whole chocolate bars. I will make sure there's an emergency stash of those when I gift this set to my favorite teacher. We recommend lining snack bags with Sahara's PUL. If you don't need a large square filled with chocolate (who are you, really?), the waterproof oxford bag is perfect for holding headphones, small calculators, or anything you don't want getting dripped on in your bag. Rain, spilled water bottles...

 

Grab some of this vibrant oxford and sew up one case or a whole set! They're perfect to complement a gift card or stand on their own as a thoughtful gift. The recipient will think about you and how awesome you are whenever they use their cases.

Don't forget matching zipper pulls to put that finishing touch on your gift. The Science Charm Set and the School Charms Set 1 coordinate wonderfully with this vibrant waterproof oxford. I also used the Mini Script Alpha Monogram Charms, the block Alpha Mini Monogram Charms, and the Basic Shapes Charms Set 1.

Come show off your Sahara projects or ask any questions about Sahara's line of fabrics in the Sahara Fabrics Facebook Group. And as always, we can't wait to see how you POP in the Parker on the Porch Facebook group!

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Bean Stitch vs. Satin Stitch

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Two of POP's most popular designs, the original Clutch and Clutch 2.0 bags, come with a Bean Stitch applique option as well as a Satin Stitch applique option.

We frequently get posts in the POP Facebook group saying, "Help! I'm making the Clutch 2.0 bag, and my design has only 9 steps instead of 11. Where is the satin stitching?!" So let's take a closer look at the design options.

Here's the unzipped Clutch 2.0 folder:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

When you open the highlighted folder, you'll see two sub-folders:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Many people simply open the first folder, select their design, and send it to the machine, not realizing which option they've chosen. We are going to open the stitch map for the Bean Stitch option. (New to stitch maps? We talked about what they are and how to read them in another blog post.) Select the stitch map for the desired size.

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

You'll notice that the 5x7 Bean file contains 9 steps instead of 11. The applique tackdown is a triple stitch or "bean stitch" instead of the satin you may be expecting. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Here is an example of the Clutch 2.0 with Bean Stitch applique:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

The Clutch 2.0's other option, the Satin applique, has 11 stitching steps. Step 7 is the blanket detail, and Step 8 is the traditional satin applique stitch. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Here's an example of a completed Clutch 2.0 with satin stitch applique:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

If you loaded the Bean Stitch file by mistake, don't panic! Stop your machine after Step 7. Go back to your computer, open the main folder for the design, and open the Satin sub-folder. Select the same size that you have started in the Bean format. Send that file to your machine. Make sure it's oriented the same direction as the initial file and lines up with the existing stitching. Forward through to Step 7 of the Satin file, and stitch the Step 7 blanket detail right over the bean stitch. Finish your clutch as directed in the tutorial. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

The original front-zip Clutch design also comes in both Bean and Satin stitch applique options. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

If you would like to see the original Clutch being stitched, check out the Panda Kisses video tutorial of this design. Join the POP Facebook group to see a (formerly live) video tutorial of the Clutch 2.0. Links to videos are in the pinned Announcements area of the group! 

And if you ever wonder where POP gets the supplies used in the design listing photos, click through the blog's Supply List archives.

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What is a Stitch Map?

Posted by Anna Pritchett on

If you've been in embroidery a while, you may remember life before fancy PDF tutorials. Back in the olden days, we had to rely on the stitch map files. These files are helpful to know how to read even with the existence of full tutorials. You can print the stitch map and add your own notes as you stitch the file so that you remember what you did in your own words.

Let's look at the Daybreak Zipper Bag.

 

This is the inside of the main folder once I unzip the file and add it to my POP folder.

 

The Daybreak was updated to offer a Full Front Applique option due to popular demand. As always, the update is FREE for anyone who had already purchased the file. If you haven't downloaded this update, simply log in to your account and re-download the file. 

 

We are going to look at the stitch maps for the Full Front Applique option. Here is the inside of the Full Front Applique folder. What a mess! The files are all jumbled up. 

 

Click on the Type tab and the folder will sort itself by file type.

 

The stitch map files will have a BMP or JPG file extension. In this case, they are BMP type files. Let's select the 5x7 size. 

 

Here is the 5x7 stitch map. When you click on it to open, your computer will open it in whichever default photo viewing app or program you've designated. In the upper left corner of the stitch map, you will see the file name, the stitch count, the exact size in inches and millimeters, the location at which the design begins and ends in the hoop, the number of colors and thread stops, as well as the date the file was saved.

 

The rest of the stitch map is literally a *map* to what your machine is going to stitch. The steps are illustrated and numbered. Step 1 is almost always going to be a placement stitch when you are doing an ITH or in the hoop design. 

 

I created a "cheat sheet" for this design with an explanation of the steps. You can make your own or right-click on the photo and save to your computer for printing. I included notes to remind myself of important details, such as where to add personalization, and when to open the zipper. 

 

When you look at the stitch map for the Daybreak Full Front Applique before sewing, you will realize that the fabric you put down first at Step 3 will only show ABOVE the "swoop" once you complete the large applique BELOW the swoop. There's no need to guess what is going to happen next in any POP design (or any designer whose files include stitch maps). Taking a few minutes to review the stitch map will save you time and frustration! 

 

 

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New Sports Balls Zipper Bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs, and Sports Charms

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POP's back to school game is strong this week with two new sports ball zipper bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs (Set 1), and Sports Charms (Set 1). Yes, these are only set 1, so more sports are coming soon!
 We have a new Golf Ball Zipper Bag and Tennis Ball Zipper Bag for you, and we updated and refreshed our Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer Ball Zipper Bags. If you have already purchased the older designs, simply log in to your account and download the updated files from your existing order.
Magical Sports Snaptabs Set 1:
Sports Charms Set 1:
 
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Candy and Snack Package Zipper Bags In The Hoop

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candy snack zipper bag in the hoop

Ever wanted to know how everyone is making those adorable zipper pouches out of candy or snack packaging? Let's make one together.

Gather the necessary supplies:

Choose the snack package, and measure it to determine what size zipper bag is possible. This one will have a useful space of about 8 inches wide by 6 inches high, so I can make a 5x7 inch bag or smaller. 

Candy snack package zipper bag in the hoop

Carefully open the package with scissors. Look at the back of the bag. Is it attractive or potentially useful? I'm using a solid fabric for the back of the zipper pouch, but I could cut down the sides and treat the back the same as the front for a different look. I'm going to save the right side panel from the package back because it has a fun graphic. Wash the packaging with dish soap to remove any food residue.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop

In order to transform the packaging into something that can be stitched into a zipper pouch, I will cover it with fusible vinyl. Fusible vinyl comes in glossy and matte. I used glossy for this tutorial. Cut out a piece of fusible vinyl to fit the package without hanging over the edges. (Or the overhang will fuse to the ironing board cover!)

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop

Peel back the paper layer and lay the vinyl on the snack package. (Save the paper backing!) Using the squeegee, start in the middle of the package and smooth the vinyl out to the edges. I flip it over and try to work out wrinkles from the underside as well.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

Grab the vinyl directions and read them. Go ahead and read them a couple of times. Preheat the iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use the protective paper backing to cover the vinyl and packaging. I like to save larger pieces from projects to use again and again. Don't touch the hot iron to the snack package or vinyl directly! Follow the instructions to fuse the vinyl to the snack package.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

Add some type of interfacing to the backside of the vinyl-topped package. For a puffier, distinctively quilted look, use fusible fleece. For a trimmer look, stick to SF101 or some kind of medium or lite interfacing.

A stippling design is used to "quilt" the prepared packaging to the cut away stabilizer. Stippling is not technically necessary if the package piece is interfaced, but it hides imperfections in the fused vinyl and adds another design element to your finished bag. I'm using a design that looks like waves to coordinate with the fish candy packaging.  Get those HERE. There are a variety of stippling and quilting block files available from embroidery shops online, including several free options. Alternatively, the packaging can be quilted using a sewing machine. Select a file that ideally is larger than the finished size so that the edges of the stippling stitch don't show on the finished bag. My finished piece needs to be 6x8 inches, so I could have used a 6x10 or larger file. I stitched the 7x11 size.

Hoop cut away stabilizer and stitch the placement stitch if there is one. Center the vinyl-covered and interfaced package in the hoop, and smooth it out as much as possible.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

The packaging should look similar to this when the stippling stitch is complete. The stippling thread color can add another whimsical element to your zipper pouch.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

Remove the stippled packaging from the hoop and trim to size.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

Here is the candy package ready to be made into a zipper bag!

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl

For the back of these bags, I suggest using something that isn't super lightweight and adding interfacing. The prepared snack packaging front has some heft to it, and choose something to balance that out without making the bag impossible to turn.

My finished zipper pouch (which is the 4.94" x 6.96" from the Original Top Zip Set of 9) looks a little boring. Hmmm, how could I jazz this up?

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop

Remember the back of the package? I used the fish and hook graphic to make a coordinating applique snap tab. The Basic Shapes Applique Snap Tab Bundle or the Charms Basic Shape Set 1 or the Charms Basic Shape Set 2 are perfect to use to showcase fun, small sections of the package.

candy snack zipper bag in the hoop fusible vinyl snap tab glitter

See the glitter inside the applique snap tab? That's a tutorial for another day! 

Come share your candy and snack zipper bags in the POP Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/parkerontheporch/ 

 

YouTube tutorials that might be helpful:

Top Zip Bag Tutorial

Candy Bag Zipper Pouch with Jenny from MSQC

Zippered Snack Bags with Missy

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ID Case Zipper Pouch and Pencil Pouch Supply List - In The Hoop

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Good Morning! POP is taking you BACK TO SCHOOL this week with our new ID Case Zipper Pouch, Pencil Pouch, Script XL Alpha Charms, and Science Charms. I will link all Supplies used below.

Today's new ID Case Zipper Pouch comes in a 5x7 hoop size. The Script XL Alpha Charms and Science Charms will work in 4x4 hoops and up. The Script XL Alpha Charms are the third in our must-have series of alphabet charms, and they are perfect for personalizing all of your in the hoop projects. The Science Charms make any bag smarter. 

The Pencil Pouch design has three sizes (for 5x7 and 6x10 hoops) and a see-through clear vinyl window to keep track of your school supplies. 

The Science Charms coordinate with the Science Sketch Trio 

 

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How to Make Bag Charms - In the Hoop Bag Doodads

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ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Gather your supplies: 
Beads
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
(You can buy a Set of 3 jewelry making tools)
Okay, first off, a few disclaimers. I’m not a professional jeweler. I’m not even an amateur jeweler. I learned how to do this through Pinterest and my BFF, Google. Wires and wire cutters are sharp. Beads are choking hazards. Safety first, people! I’m also not a hand model, and although I did get a manicure, it wasn’t a very good one.
I bought all of these supplies at Michael’s (don’t forget your coupons!), but Hobby Lobby And JoAnn’s will also carry basic supplies. You can buy a small set that comes with the gray tray, round nose pliers, wire cutters, and chain nose pliers for around $10. Or you could pick up a larger jewelry making tray  to have more workspace. 
These are headpins. You can get them in assorted sizes and other color metal finishes. 
Assorted beads—I’ve had these since the late 1990s. Craft hoarding FTW! You’ll need some small beads because the holes in the larger statement beads are larger than the end of the headpins. If you don't already have beads, you can pick up assorted sets to have a variety of colors. 
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Ready to get creative? Thread on different colors, and play around until you find a combination you love. See my little Ariel made of beads?
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Once you’re happy with your bead arrangement, trim the headpin to leave approximately ½” of empty space at the top. The one on the left is too short, and the one on the right is a bit too long. 
Be careful when you snip off the end with your wire cutters. The tiny pieces like to fly! I usually snip inside of a bag to keep the pieces from winding up everywhere. 
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Now grab your round nose pliers. You’re going to make a small loop in the top of the headpin. Hold the wire close to the end to start.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Then bend the wire around until you’ve formed a loop that closes against the headpin near the top of your beads.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
The first few times, you may make a weird, lumpy oval or even snap the piece off entirely from too many readjustments. (Oops.) If you aren’t happy with your doodad, just snip off the loop, grab a new headpin, and try again.
Once you’ve made your doodads, attach them using a split ring or jump ring. I like using jump ring pliers, but they're not necessary.
Thread your doodads onto the jump ring or enclose them in a split ring. Attach the doodad to a zipper pull, key ring, or other piece of hardware. I'm using a lobster key ring for this snap tab.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
And voilà!
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
The world is your oyster! Go forth and create endless options for custom zipper pulls and snap tab accessories.
Pick up some alphabet beads to make word/name doodads.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Have fun accessorizing your favorite POP snap tabs and zipper bags! Come show off your creations in our Facebook group.
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