Newspaper Carrier Tutorial from Gemia of Phat Quarters
Hi, I am Gemia from Phat Quarters. Last month I was a competitor for the theme of My Little Ponies. This month I get to share a tutorial with you. I was born in 1980 so when I say I was an 80’s child, I literally mean a child. Some of my favorite movies growing were Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Neverending Story, Princess Bride, Beetlejuice, and of course Star Wars, E.T., Goonies, Indianan Jones, Back to the Future, and Ghostbusters. The 80’s was a great decade for movies!!!
With all that being said I never saw the movie Better off Dead until my husband introduced it to me a few years after we were married. It is perfectly award, dorky, and one of my husbands favorites. My favorite character in the movie,is the paper boy, so after bouncing around a few different ideas for this tutorial I finally settled on a Paper-Boy Carrier.
The first this thing that you need to do is create your pattern. Find an old pull-over vest, lay it on your paper, and draw around the edges. Using a large ruler straighten out your lines so that everything looks smooth. Then draw a vertical line down the center of the pattern, this is your FOLD line. Cut out your pattern, then cut out your muslin. You will need to cut 2 vest pieces from the muslin on the fold. You will also need to cut out 4 strips that are 3xWOF (width of fabric).
After your have cut those pieces you will need to fold the pattern piece 1″ below the armhole to create a rectangle. Use this to cut out 1 pocket piece. You do NOT need to add in a seam allowance as the pieces will only be sewn together at the shoulders.
Hem one raw edge of the pocket piece. With right side together, secure the remaining 3 raw edges to the base of 1 of your vest pieces. Turn the pocket right side out. Find the center of the pocket and pin it tot he center of the vest. Stitch along this pinned line to create two pockets.
Take the raw edge of one strip and fold the edge under. Place the folded raw edge against the edge of the pocket, approximately halfway up from the bottom of the pocket. Stitch the fold in place and repeat for the other side.
Take the other strip and hem one edge. Fold over the other raw edge, like you just did and pin that in the center of your decorative strap on the right side of the front of the vest. Stitch this in place.
Now we are going to insert the grommet. First we are going to create a reinforcement rectangle so that the grommet does not pull through the fabric. I just took a scrap and folded in all the raw edges. Then I secured it to the wrong side of the vest above the decorative strip and stitched it in place.
Now we need to cut a small X in the center the reinforcement rectangle to place the grommet in. Once the hole is cut push the backside of the grommet through and set it.