When I shared this little pouch on Instagram a few weeks ago several of you commented that you had difficulty attaching the Jelly Clip to the fabric. I thought it might be helpful to show you how I glue mine and what techniques work best for me.
All fabrics in this post are by ADORNit and can be found here.
This adorable fabric is called Sunshine Girls and I just love the happy positive message it conveys. As you can see below the main print is actually a panel but I did a bit of piecing on this one because I wanted the girl and words strategically placed.
Let me just start by saying I love making these now, but I must admit that first one, years ago, well... I wanted to throw it in the trash! So if you're feeling frustrated, don't give up - they are really super easy once you know the tricks.
So here they are...
Probably the number one most important thing is the glue you use.
This is the one that I found works best for me. You want a thick, heavy, quick drying glue that won't run and ooze. Trust me, I know!
My second tip is to back your fabric with light weight baby flannel. The pattern suggests using fusible fleece but I'm not a fan of fusible fleece so I use regular, inexpensive baby weight flannel. I usually quilt through the flannel as I did below, but it's really not necessary, especially if you are using whole cloth for the front and back. (See photo of the five small pouches at the end of this post). I personally like the texture and interest that machine quilting adds. Big stitch hand quilting would be super cute too!
The baby flannel gives your pouch just enough body without being bulky. You will appreciate how the flannel helps with the fit when you go to glue the fabric into the frame.
After your piecing is done you'll cut out the front, back, and lining pieces using your pattern. Make sure if you order Jelly Clips online that they include a translated instruction sheet (some places don't). Jelly Clips come from Japan and the original instructions are in Japanese!
One thing I found to be helpful is to cut out one of the paper darts and trace the shape on the wrong side of the fabric as shown below. I don't know about you, but it bugs me when darts don't match up so by drawing the lines and then folding and matching the lines then pinning through the lines, it helps assure perfect placement.
I only cut the dart on my paper pattern on one side then I flip my pattern over to mark the second dart. I feel like this helps me get the proper outside shape when cutting out the fabric and lining.
I follow the instructions for constructing the outside and lining of the pouch.
Once your fabric pouch is constructed it's time for the fun part, the glue.
You are going to complete one side of the frame before going on to the second side.
Open your frame up and working from the inside of the frame, apply glue as shown above. Notice that I started applying the glue about 1/4" from the hinge and the channel is not completely filled with glue. I like to let the glue sit for a few minutes to let it dry out just slightly. Helpful hint: keep a damp cloth nearby. You will want to wipe any glue smudges as you go. If you have applied a moderate amount of glue you should have very little mess. If you have glue oozing out everywhere you either used too much, the wrong kind of glue, or both.
Mark the center of the front and back of the finished pouch as shown in the pattern and begin gluing the fabric to the frame at this center mark.
Using your awl, poke the fabric into the frame, working from the center toward one end, gathering the fabric as you go. Continue with the other half of this first side.
Notice that I'm working from the inside of the frame but I turn it over frequently to check for any glue that has escaped, wiping as I go and making sure the center of my fabric is in the middle of the clip. Hint: you don't want glue to dry on the plastic frame because once it's dry it's impossible to remove completely and definitely takes away from the finished look.
Continue gluing and gathering until the fabric completely fills the groove on one side of the frame. It takes a few minutes for the glue to set so you have time to adjust the fullness of the gathers and make sure everything is straight and centered.
You will have about 1/4" of fabric that is unglued below the hinge.
Included with your frame is paper raffia or "string". This helps assure that the fabric stays in place by creating a super tight fit. Again, working from the inside, apply the raffia between the frame and your glued fabric. I find it easiest to start just above one hinge and work my way around to the other hinge. Hint: this is a tight fit so a good sharp awl is important to get the paper string poked into place. You will need to cut the string down a bit (they give you plenty) but you will not need to apply more glue - just insert the string while the glue is still tacky and not yet dry. Complete one side before starting the second side. I try to let the first side set a few minutes before starting on the second side.
You may be able to see the paper string just a little, but it's on the inside of the pouch and you really have to look for it.
Once side one is complete do the same to the second side.
I am completely in love with this adorable fabric from ADORNit! You probably know how much I love to add inspirational words to my projects and this is so perfect! I just sewed the word or motif, face down to a piece of fusible interfacing all the way around, split the interfacing, then turned and appliqued them in place.
Here's the back side.
Buttons and a cute ribbon add just the right amount of adorableness.
What a fun gift idea for a sewing sista!
Here are a few photos of pouches that I made several years ago. (These fabrics are old and probably no longer available).
The frames come in three sizes and there are six colors in each size. The five pictured below are the smallest ones and measure 4" across (10cm). All other pouches in this post are 5.5" (14cm). I personally don't care for the largest size (7") and haven't worked with that one. You can find the small and medium sizes here.
I hope that you found this tutorial helpful and please let me know if you have questions. I know some of you have a few Jelly Clips in your stash and I hope this encourages you to get them out and try this fun project. For those of you that need to purchase them I hope that you'll visit my friends Etsy shop or ask your local quilt shop to order them for you.
Until next time,
Encourage one another