Reversible cloud pillow

Since I had a whole collection of raindrop pillows that I made for my guest post over at fortunecookiez.be, I couldn’t but sew a cloud pillow as well.

Blije wolkA reversible one for that. Angry on one side, happy and sunny on the other side.

Boze wolkDo you want to make your own? You can find the free pattern below.

What do you need?

  • Fleece fabric in 2 colours: white and grey
  • Black and red embroidery thread, for the eyes and the mouth. For my first version I used flock film, but it doesn’t stick that well to fleece
  • Pink felt: for the blushy cheeks
  • Stuffing
  • Drawing chalk
  • A small bar of soap

 How to make it

  1. Print the pattern, cut it out, and glue the parts together.
    wolkpatroonpdf
  2. Place the pattern on the right side of the white fleece, with the printed side facing you, and use your chalk to draw it on the fabric.
  3. Add 1 centimeter seam allowance, and cut the fabric.
  4. Flip your paper pattern, with the printed side facing downwards. Place it on the right side of the grey fleece and use your chalk to draw it on the fabric.
  5. Add 1 centimeter seam allowance, and cut the fabric.
  6. Pin both parts together, right sides facing each other.
  7. Sew both parts together, but leave an opening at the bottom, so you can stuff your cloud.
  8. Clip the seams, and pay extra attention to the small corners.
  9. Turn, so the right side is now on the outside.
  10. Stuff your cloud.
  11. Fold the seams of the opening inwards, and sew closed using an invisible seam.
  12. Do the faces:
    • Use the soap (or use chalk) to draw the faces on the cloud, then embroider over it.
    • Take the pink felt and cut out 2 pink circles, and sew them on your cloud.

WolkI prefer to sew the faces on when the pillows are already stuffed, since it gives me a better view of what the end result will look like. Downside is that some stuffing may come out again when you pull your needle through. But you can pick those off afterwards.
Boze wolk

How to sew a welt pocket with a zipper

When I made the nappy bag, I wanted it to have a welt pocket with zipper. There are several ways to make such a pocket. Below you find a description of how I learned to do it in class. (Sorry for the dark pictures, by the way. It’s winter, you know…)
What you need
  • 2 pieces of fabric of 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 in) straight grain or 45 degrees of the grain. That’s your own choice. Overlock them before you begin
  • A 15 cm (6 in) zipper
  • A piece of interlining: 6 x 17 cm (2.4 x 6.7 in)
  • A small pair of scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing chalk
  • An iron
  • A zipper foot for your sewing machine
How to get it all in the pocket
  1. On the right side of your fabric, draw a rectangle measuring 15 x 1 cm (6 x 0.4 in) where you want to insert the pocket. Draw a horizontal line in the middle of this rectangle. This will be your pocket opening. On both sides of the horizontal line, mark 1cm (0.4 in) on the inside of the rectangle. Starting from these marks, draw a line to the upper and lower corner of the rectangle, creating a triangle while doing so.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. On the right side of your fabric, use pins to mark the corners of your pocket. This will help you to draw the corners on the wrong side of your fabric.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. On the wrong side of your fabric, draw a rectangle around the markings: 2.5 cm (1 in) above and below the edge, 1 cm (0.4 in) on each side.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Iron the interlining on the wrong side of your fabric. While doing so, make sure that the pocket opening is in the middle of the interlining.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Draw the pocket opening on the wrong side of your fabric, on the interlining.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. If you haven’t done so yet, remove the pins from the corners of the opening drawing.
  1. On the right side of the fabric, pin one of the pieces of fabric with the right side on the right side over the opening drawing. Make sure to cover 2.5 cm (1 in) on both sides and 3 cm (1.2 in) on top.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. On the wrong side of the fabric, carefully and precisely stitch the outside edges of the pocket opening.
    Note: Start in the middle of a horizontal line, never in a corner.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Cut the middle line carefully until you reach the triangle points.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Cut the triangles very carefully.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Put your hand from the wrong side of the fabric through the opening and pull the fabric through the opening, so the pocket is on the inside.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Trim the edges.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Roll the edges between your thumb and index finger until the seam is neatly folded.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Iron the edges.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. On the wrong side of your fabric, stitch the triangles on the pocket fabric.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Pin the zipper in its place.
    Tip: If it’s easier for you, baste the zipper in its place.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Use your zipper foot to top stitch the pocket opening and thus stitching the zipper into place.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. On the wrong side of the fabric, pin the second piece of pocket fabric on the piece of the pocket that’s already attached to the pocket opening, right sides facing each other.
How to sew a welt pocket with zipper / Hoe naai je een paspelzak met rits
  1. Stitch around the pocket parts, to finish the pocket.
  1. If you haven’t done so yet, overlock the edges. You can also use the overlock to cut the redundant piece of fabric from step 16 off the pocket.
Finished!
Nappy bag / Luiertas

How to sew a double-welt pocket

I don’t know why, but I like the look of double-welted pockets in skirts and trousers. They are both elegant and practical at once. So I thought I’d use them in my husband’s retro trousers.
Double-welted pockets seem hard to make, but in fact, they aren’t. The most important thing while making them is to be very accurate. So if you concentrate hard and take your time for it, you should do just fine.

To help a hand, I’m going to describe how to make one. The measurements I’ve used are those of a standard double-welted pocket. Keep in mind that there are different ways to make this type of pockets. This is just the way I do it.
What you need

  • 2 pieces of fabric of 20 x 20 cm or 8 x 8 in, straight grain or 45 degrees of the grain. That’s your own choice. Overlock them before you begin
  • A piece of interlining: 4 x 20 cm or 1.5 x 8 in for light and regular fabrics, 6 x 20 cm or 2.4 x 8 in for heavier fabrics
  • A small pair of scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing chalk
  • An iron
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to get it all in the pocket
  1. Draw a rectangle measuring 15 x 2 cm/6 x 0.8 in on the right side of your fabric where you want to insert the pocket. Draw a horizontal line in the middle of this rectangle. This will be your pocket opening. On both sides of the horizontal line, mark 1cm/0.4 in. From these marks, draw a line to the upper and lower corner of the rectangle, creating a triangle while you do so.
    Note: If you’re using a heavy fabric, draw a rectangle of 15 x 3 cm/6 x 1.2 in.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Use pins to mark the corners of your pocket. This will help you to draw the corners on the wrong side of your fabric.
Outside Inside
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Iron the interlining on the wrong side of your fabric. While doing so, make sure that the pocket opening is in the middle of the interlining.
    Note: For this pocket, that means that the interlining covers 2.5 cm/1 in extra on the left and the right of the pocket, and 1 cm/0.4 in above and underneath the pocket.
  1. Draw the pocket opening on the wrong side of your fabric, on the interlining.
    Note: There are several ways to do this. I myself prefer to use carbon paper, because it is fast and accurate. To make sure that the drawing is still clear, I draw over the carbon lines with sewing chalk as well.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. If you haven’t done so yet, remove the pins from the corners of the opening drawing.
  1. On the right side of the fabric, pin one of the pieces of fabric with the right side on the right side over the opening drawing, making sure that you leave 2.5 cm/1 in on the sides of the opening, and 3 cm/1.2 in on top (5 cm/2 in if you drew the larger opening for heavier fabrics).
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. On the inside, carefully and precisely stitch the outside edges of the pocket opening.
    Note: Start in the middle of a horizontal line, never in a corner.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Cut the middle line carefully until you reach the triangle points.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Cut the triangles very carefully until the corners.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Put your hand from the wrong side of the fabric through the opening and pull the fabric through the opening, so the pocket is on the inside.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. If necessary, carefully cut the cut edges, so they are exactly 1 cm/0.4 in wide (1,5cm/0.6 in if you are using a heavier fabric).
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Arrange the pocket and the pocket opening, and iron.
  1. Sew the pocket closed.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Stitch the triangles to the outer edges of the pocket opening, so they stay in place.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. On the right side of the pocket, stitch through the horizontal edges of the pocket (Sorry forgot to take a picture here).
  1. Pin the second piece of pocket fabric on the piece of the pocket that’s already attached to the pocket opening, right sides facing each other.
    Note: The second piece of the pocket will be larger than the first piece. That’s normal. Just cut it to the same size once you are ready.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. Stitch around the pocket parts, to finish the pocket.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
  1. If you haven’t done so yet, overlock the edges. You can also use the overlock to cut the redundant piece of fabric from step 16 off the pocket.
How to sew a double-welt pocket/Hoe naai je een paspelzak
Finished! The best practice is to keep the pocket sewn closed until your garment is finished. That’s why I cannot add a picture of the finished pocket just yet 🙂