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ITH House Zip Pouches

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Materials
  • For each house pouch
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 10 ¼” x 6 ½” scrap cotton fabric for house front and back
  • 5 ½” x 6” scrap cotton fabric for the roof and door
  • 2 ½” x 2 ½” scrap cotton fabric for the window
  • 12 ¾” x 6 ½” scrap cotton fabric for lining
  • 12 ¾” x 6 ½” Lightweight interfacing
  • 4 ½” x 3” Heat N Bond Lite®
  • 7” or longer nylon zipper
  • Lobster Clasp with D ring measuring ¾” on the inside of the D ring
  • 3” of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon
  • Poly-mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Embroidery Tape
  • Cellophane Tape

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    There are a number of color changes in each of these houses, but the first 9 steps can all be sewn in any color desired to coordinate with the fabrics you have chosen. Color-stop (CS) 6 through 10 are the placement lines and tack downs for the window and door and should be sewn in black. The next color stops should be followed from the color charts to embroider the detail on the house. The last two color changes can be sewn in a color to coordinate with your fabrics.


    Step 1:
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    1. Cut:
    a. House back fabric, lining and interfacing 6” x 6 ½”
    b. House front fabric, lining and interfacing 4 ¼” x 6”
    c. Roof fabric, lining and interfacing 4 ¼” x 6”
    d. Door fabric and Heat N Bond Lite® 2” x 3”
    e. Window fabric and Heat N Bond Lite® 2 ½” square
    f. 3” 5/8th” grosgrain ribbon
    Fuse interfacing to the outside house fabric and roof. Fuse the Heat N Bond Lite® to the door and window fabrics.


    Step 2:
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    Tautly hoop poly-mesh stabilizer in your hoop and run CS 1 as a placement line for your fabrics and zipper.


    Step 3:
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    The stitched placement lines running horizontally across the house are the placement lines for the zipper. Zippers are not equal in width, so it is important to lie the center of the zipper along the center placement line.  


    Step 4:
    Having the zipper right side up with both ends extending well beyond both sides of the placement lines and having the center of the zipper aligned with the center placement lines, tape both ends of the zipper to the stabilizer.

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    Step 5:
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    Run CS 2 to tack down the zipper to the stabilizer.


    Step 6:
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    Turn the roof fabric face down and align with the top zipper horizontal placement line. Tape the edges of the fabric to the stabilizer outside of the stitching area.


    Step 7:
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    Turn the hoop over. Place the lining fabric right side down over the same upper zipper placement line and tape down on both sides outside the stitching area.


    Step 8:
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    Run CS 3 to seam the fabrics.


    Step 9:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Spray a little adhesive on the back of the roof fabric and fold it up over the roof placement line. Turn the hoop over and repeat this step with the roof lining.
     


    Step 10:
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    Run CS 4 to topstitch the roof.


    Step 11:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Tape the top edge of the house front fabric, face down, to the lower zipper placement horizontal stitches. If using a directional print make sure the fabric will be facing right side up when it is folded down over the front of the house. 


    Step 12:
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    Turn the hoop over and place the lining fabric face down over the bottom zipper placement line. tape the sides of the fabric. Place tape along the top edge of the fabric too to prevent it from folding down when the hoop is placed back on the machine.


    Step 13:
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    Run CS 5 to seam the fabrics.


    Step 14:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Spray adhesive on the back of the fabric or on the bottom house section of the stabilizer. Smooth the front fabric over the lower house placement lines. Leave the back lining taped to the top and sides of the back of the hoop.


    Step 15:
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    The next 5 color-stops are placement lines, tack downs and detail on the window and door. They are all run in black thread. The first is the placement line for the door.


    Step 16:
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    Peel the paper from the Heat N Bond Lite® on the door fabric. Spray a little adhesive on the back of the fabric and position over the placement lines. Run CS 7 to tack down the door. Remove the hoop from the machine. Trim the door applique as close as possible to the tack down lines and press the applique.


    Step 17:
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    Stitch on the window applique with the next two color-stops. Trim the window and press both appliques with an applique iron.


    Step 18:
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    CS 10 stitches the detail on the window and door. In this Halloween pouch it stitches the bats in the window and the face of the pumpkin as well.


    Step 19:
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    Follow the color chart to embroider the detail on the house pouch. Stop before sewing color-stop 14 on the Christmas House and color-stop 13 on the other houses. Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Place the hoop face down and spray adhesive on the stabilizer on the lower portion of the house. Remove the tape from the lining and smooth it down over the bottom of the house.
     


    Step 20:
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    The next color-stop will topstitch the house and lining.


    Step 21:
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    The next color-stop is a placement line for the ribbon and lobster clasp. Feed the ribbon through the lobster clasp and align the raw edges. Place the ribbon ends about ¼” above the placement line and tape in place with cellophane tape. Run the next CS to tack the ribbon down.  


    Step 22:
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    IMPORTANT: Open your zipper about ¾ quarter of the way across the house. You must do this now or you will not be able to open the bag. Angle the lobster clap in towards the center of the house too.


    Step 23:
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    Lay the house back fabric face down over the top of the house and tape in place. Run the next to last CS to stitch the fabric down.


    Step 24:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Lay the hoop face down. Lay the lining fabric over the back of the house and tape in place. Return to the machine to run the final seam.


    Step 25:
    The final seam leaves an opening at the bottom of the bag. When trimming the house from the stabilizer angle into each side of opening and then trim ¼” around the rest of the house clipping the corners and leaving extra fabric over the area of the opening.


    Step 26:
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    We only need the excess fabric at the bottom of the bag in the two layers of lining. Fold back the two layers of lining and trim away the excess layers of stabilizer and fabrics.


    Step 27:
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    Turn the pouch lining side out through the opening.  


    Step 28:
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    Use the wooden stick from a turning system, chopstick or other implement to turn out the corners.


    Step 29:
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    Turn in the excess lining fabric and hand stitch closed. These do not have to be perfect stitches as they will never be seen again.
     


    Step 30:
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    With small sharp scissors trim away the stabilizer that is covering the zipper. Use a seam ripper to lift the stabilizer to start you off if necessary.


    Step 31:
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    Unzip the zipper completely and turn the bag right side out using an implement to poke out the corners. Press the bag flat.


    Step 32:
    Congratulations your ITH House Zippered Bag is complete! 

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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