This little pouch, which is a prototype, certainly came with it's fair share of headaches as I learned to deal with the peculiar characteristics of hand stitching on silk, see my post of (Feb.10, 2014), but now that it's finished, I have forgiven it all it's obstinate idiosyncrasies and am looking forward to more projects with silk in the future.
|The little phone pouch, finished and set to travel.|
Once the boutis piece had been blocked, it was trimmed leaving a generous 1 inch seam allowance around the perimiter. Next I cut a facing piece to the identical size as the stitched piece.
The assembly process:
Step 1. With right sides together, using a tiny back-stitch, the pouch flap front was carefully hand stitched to the lining, making sure that the stitching be flush with the last row of cording. The excess fabric was trimmed away to a scant 1/4 ", and the edges were finished with a blanket stitch. (This could have been done on the machine, using the cording foot.)
|The wrong side of the front flap.|
|This shows the underside of the front flap with the right side out. A point turner is necessary to get the side edges as crisp as possible and the rounded edge smooth.|
Step 2. Next up was making the actual pocket of the pouch. The two remaining sections of the worked boutis (middle section and last section) were stitched to each other, right sides together, on either side, leaving the top end open. Next the remaining 2 sections of the lining were stitched together in the same way to a size that would fit into the boutis pouch. The excess fabric was trimmed to a 1/4".
|I chose to do all of the assembly by hand using a back-stitch, but it could very easily have been done by machine.|
|To tuck the lining into the boutis, I found a wide ruler very helpful.|
Step 3. The open ends of the top of the pouch were tucked in and closed off using a tiny blind hem stitch.
|The finished boutis phone pouch. |