Monday, October 7, 2013

Patchwork Zipper Wristlet Tutorial

Hi there,

I am super excited to share my Patchwork Zipper Wristlet tutorial with you. This project was featured over at the Sewing Loft Blog last month, if it looks familiar.

My tiny scrap stash is always full and if you're like me, you're always on the look out for ways to use those tiny things up. To make my wristlet here's what you'll need:

Assorted fabric scraps measuring at least 1.5" x 1.5"
10" or longer zipper
1/4 yard or fat quarter of lining fabric
coordinating thread 
rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
sewing machine

Start by cutting approximately 100 squares of your scraps that measure 1.5" x 1.5"

When I need to cut a bunch of fabric that needs to be all of the same size. I mark my ruler or my cutting mat with Washi Tape. As you can see in the picture, it's super easy to see the line where I need to place my fabric for my 1.5" mark. 

Here are all 100 of my squares.

To make the front and back pieces of the wristlet, you need two patchwork pieces that are 5.5" x 9.5". It's basically like making two tiny quilt tops where the finished squares are 1" x 1". I like to arrange my squares first, but you could totally wing it and see what fabrics end up next to each other.

Start by sewing two pieces together with right sides facing. Make 72 sets of these. Cut them apart, press open, and sew two sets of two together. Next, sew a single square to the strip of four blocks. At this point you should have 18 fabric strips, each containing five fabric squares.
Sew nine strips together to make a rectangle that is five squares by nine squares. Repeat this for the second panel of patchwork.

 Cut two 5.5" x 9.5" rectangles from the lining fabric. Cut two 12" x 2.5" strips for the handle.

With right sides together stitch down the two long sides of the handle pieces. Turn right side out and press flat. Top stitch down each side. I twisted my handle on one side so the the lining and the outer fabric met up. Pin the raw edges together and set aside.

Now instead of repeating a zipper pouch tutorial, you can go here to my Easy Zipper Pouch instructions and follow along to assemble your wristlet. There are photos for every step of the way.

And for the flower pin on the wristlet. Use some more of your scraps to make these, using my free PDF pattern here.

Have a great day!

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  1. Charming pouch, thanks for the tutorial!


  2. I love this wristlet!!! Are you going to make a kit for it? It would cost me a fortune to find all those bright colorful fabrics plus I never see these kinds of fabrics at my local stores......I know you did kits for the scarf..........your products are so bright, cheerful, fresh and young...........I do have a young lady in mind for the wristlet if you decide to do a kit..............Thanks for the wonderful site

  3. Love this pouch, it is just darling. If any of you are familiar with Quiltsmart patterns, you could use their basic method to sew your little squares together. I purchased the thinnest and the cheapest iron on interfacing I could find to use since this isn't an actual Quiltsmart pattern. This method is cool because you figure out just where you want your fabrics to go then iron them to the interfacing and sew. No looking for the little pieces on your table, or on the floor, LOL!


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