Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Simple Purse Feet Tutorial

My first foray into the multi-media world of online tutorials... Here's a quick video of a technique I developed recently - how to add purse feet to a soft fabric bag.

This is a great one for those occasions where purse feet are an afterthought.... and believe me, these moments happen. I've used other methods in the past but find this one gives the best results.

Vilene S520 stabilises and flattens the soft fabric base of the bag before holes are punched through it. This ensures that the bag and the template plastic base line up without any sagging between the purse feet. It also keeps the feet evenly spaced and square.

I've used my saddlers punch in this tutorial - and you'll really need one if you're to do this trick.

And yes.. we stock all the materials you need:
Saddlers Punch - Vilene S520 - Template Plastic - Purse Feet

22 comments:

sarah said...

Nikki, I loved the tutorial - it was like you showing me exactly and it was so clear and professional. Well done!

sarah said...

That last comment was from Annie BTW - don't know why it came up Sarah

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Nikki

Thank you SO much for this fantastic tutorial. Most of us crafters are such visual people; and I think that to sharing your expertise is the greatest gift you can give anybody!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Vikki :-) xx

Tania said...

One day, when I have cleared enough space and time, I'm going to dive in to your world. I'll turn up at your shop with a bewildered look on my face and buy out your supplies, do a few courses and then lurk all over your blog for the bits when I get inevitably stuck. By which time you'll be wishing I'd just stuck to playing with inkjet fabric!

CurlyPops said...

Such a great tutorial - I understand things much better when I can actually see them being demonstrated.
I predict many CurlyPops handbags may have purse feet and structured bases in the future.

laura said...

Aha! I have your saddlers punch and use it to start holes for my grommets. For my purse feet, I was very carefully cutting slits into my fabric with a seam ripper butI really don't like doing it that way. Thanks for pointing out the obvious, I need all the help I can get. As for the prongs, I fuse a piece of fusible batting over each one.

Leah (presently in California) said...

Hi Nikki, awesome tutorial - well done! (And you won't believe how great it was to hear an Australian voice again - it's been a while...)

Ann from Trinidad said...

Great tutorial. This is one of those things that you will only get when you are looking for a better way to do something that you do everyday. By your innovation and insight you have saved me (the years it would have taken me to devise this method and the improvement in the quality of the final product.) We do not get vilene here (Trinidad and Tobago). I have been experimently with felt and fusible web. Otherwise I use heavy weight fusible pellon or buckram. AnnMS

casserole said...

Awesome tutorial!! I posted a link on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/video-tutorial-adding-feet-to-a-purse/2009/07/01/
--Anne

Fiona said...

Nikki there is your calling in life. VIDEO TUTORIALS!!!! Loved it, great, please do more.

Fer said...

Great tutorial!! Better than anything on Better Homes and Gardens! ;)

our shabby cottage said...

Oh, that is just awesome Nikki. Great tutorial, well done.

craftygirlwithruffle said...

Great tutorial Nikki not mention the fantastic camera work :)

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Is it a bird...Is it a plane... no it's super speedy Nikki! Great tutorial Nikki and noice brooch. ;)

KathyB said...

Great tute Nikki, I learn far more watching rather reading instructions!! Hope you do some more.
Cheers Kathy

Liam's Mummy said...

Way easier to watch a tutorial once than to read it seven times! Please make more video tutorials!

(Did anyone else think that the iron was a bit scary - like a fire breathing dragon?)

smileykylie said...

Nikki, fab tute, I really must find my bag making mojo again, and soon!

kyles72 said...

Great tutorial Nikki, would love to see you do more!!

Handmade said...

Bravo on your terrific debut! That's the way to do it!

Sylvia said...

Seriously-- the video's are awesome! It's so great to see something instead of reading how to do it with pictures.. thanks so much. This is great.
-Sylvia
Cigar Reviews

wenger said...

Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial. I’ve had some purse feet in a drawer for years, tried several time to install them and failed each time. Fail no more!

ellenyounkins said...

So glad I found your blog when I googled "what is the best way to insert bag feet". I recently purchased some bag feet for the first time and your instructions will be a great help. I have been making fabric bags for years to sell at small local shops and I think the feet will be a welcome new addition to my bags.
I have never heard of a saddlers punch, but I will try to find one or something similar to it, here where I live in Albany, NY

Ellen Younkins
ecyounkins@gmail.com