This is for Patricia, who has been quietly whispering the T-word to me on a daily basis via Facebook, Twitter and the blog. I tell you all to bug me for the things you *really* want – well, it’s true.
This consumed my entire weekend, so please tell me if you like it!
First of all, let me say this: I was careful with my seams and still ended up with a slightly wonky Police Box. That’s kind of part of the charm. So here we go, the wonky Police Box…
Materials: I used about 1/2 yard of Moda Bella Royal (I lined it with the same fabric) and scraps of black and white. You could also use felt for the windows.
Finished size: 8.5″ x 5″
Obviously this is only for the pieced front. To finish off the wristlet, the entire Essential Wristlet PDF Pattern can be found here.
I attempted hand embroidery but had to resort to a tiny free-handed zig-zag. I’ll show you how I did that and then you can come up with a better way to do it if you have the hand embroidery talent or better yet, an actual embroidery machine!
The final size of the black fabric is going to be 2″ x 5.75″, but cut your scrap larger than that – about 4″ tall by 7″ wide. Back it with a piece of SF-101 (you’ll need it to stabilize for the zig-zag stitch) and if you have it, toss a scrap of tear-away embroidery stabilizer back there too.
I set my machine to a teeny tiny zig-zag and switched to my applique foot. You’ll need to experiment on scraps but it was set to about 2.8 wide and .4 length. My biggest tips are to *GO SLOW* and *STOP WITH YOUR NEEDLE DOWN* and practice first. I did it on the second try for the first one I made, and this was my first try this time.
I found that it worked out best to actually go back over the letters a second time, because I was able to fill in any mistakes. The second time I used a slightly a wider, thicker (shorter) satin stitch. This is where the applique foot comes in handy because it has a channel for those fat stitches to fit under.
PIECING THE POLICE BOX
We’re going to use pieces that are slightly longer and wider than we need so that we can square up / trim the final rectangle.
Please rotary cut these… this is just for reference because they are odd sizes to keep track of. If you don’t have a rotary cutter or like torturing yourself by tracing itty bitty pieces, you can download the PDF here. But please don’t. :)
Lay out the 6″ wide pieces as shown, alternating with one of the skinny pieces a the top and the 1/4″ longer piece at the bottom.
Place each one on top of the other (right sides together, but they’re solids…i know) aligning the edges and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you have a 1/4″ foot, now is the time to use it!
Add each piece all the way down, right sides together with a 1/4″ seam. Press seam allowances toward the narrow pieces as you go.
Now – SLICE that finished piece down the middle and then add the 9″ long narrow pieces.
Sew one narrow piece to each side using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Sew these RST, matching the top and center edges and sew with a 1/4″ SA.
Now we trim. I know this is going to seem a little odd, but what you need to compensate for here is that the bottom seam allowance (the right side) is larger than the left side, which is only 1/4″ because it’s attached to the zipper. So you need to off-set the center a bit so that it actually appears closer to the center in the finished wristlet.
Can I just say, black fabric is linty! Especially with white thread. I keep lint rolling and it’s driving me crazy. Is it just me? OK.
Measure 1/2″ from the bottom of the lettering and trim. Then measure 2″ from the bottom and trim the top.
Now the trick is going to be “centering” it but not really centering it, because you want the letters centered on that off-set seam. So, find the center of the lettering and make a tiny mark within the seam allowance. DO NOT trim the sides yet.
Match that mark to the center seam on the blue fabric. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press this seam open.
Cut to size and fuse a piece of SF-101 to the back side. It needs the reinforcement for the windows.
I thought it would be cute to add the little light box to the top. If you want to, cut a piece 2.5″ x 2.5″. Fold in half and sew with a 1/4″ SA on one edge. Press that SA open and turn it right side out, with the seam at the center and press.
I stitched and turned white fabric because that’s what I had. Stitch 3/8″ around the outside, leaving a opening for turning. (Use white thread… not blue.) Clip, turn & press. (Do yourself a favor and use felt for this… I didn’t have any. These pieces are just so tiny to turn. But, it’s doable – obviously.)
My finished piece ended up being 9.5″ x 5.75″, so I cut the other three pieces the same size and I cut the zip to 8.5″. Make sure the closed/tabbed end of the zipper is on the Police Box side. The D-ring and open end of the zipper goes on the other side.
***Disclaimer: It should go without saying that the this is for personal use only. It’s just for fun. Make them for all of your friends, but please keep them off Etsy. For me. You can make wristlets for sale from my pattern, just not these. Thanks! The TARDIS and anything Doctor Who are clearly owned by the BBC and we thank them for letting the fans have fun with it.***