Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Name Tag Holder Project

As promised in SAGANews Volume 35 Issue 2, here is the Name Tag Holder designed by Barbara Scappaticci. You could make this holder for SAGA Sewcation, but it could also be made to identify you when you are at a Stitch in Public event, Chapter meeting or, in fact, any meeting.

This could also be a chapter project. I look forward to seeing some great versions of this at the SAGA National Convention in Orlando, Florida!

Please remember that you may only use the directions for personal use and items made using these directions may not be sold. These directions are copyrighted.

Name Tag Holder with zipper pocket to securely hold cell phone, tickets and money

Note:  All pieces are cut on the straight of grain

Materials:Piece of clear plastic, 5” x 3 ¾” for each holder
                   Zipper, 6” or longer, polyester      Do Not Use a Metal Zipper
                   Fabric for body of name tag holder, ¼ yard          
Note:    If you have a pattern that needs to be cut in the other direction, you will need at least 1/3 yard.   A half yard will make several name tag holders.
                   Lining, ¼ yard or a fat quarter

Piece above zipper 5” x 1”

Binding for top of plastic pocket 5” x 1 ¼”
Binding for bottom of pocket 5” x 5/8”
Lining cut one piece 10 ½ “x 5” and one piece 5” x 1
1.   On binding piece for top of pocket, turn under and press ¼” on each long side.  Fold lengthwise again, offsetting folded edges by 1/8”.  Press.
2.    Insert plastic into folded binding.  Using a Cover Stitch on a Serger or twin needles on the sewing machine, and having the longer side of binding facing up, stitch across binding.  Note:  Use a longer machine stitch when stitching on the plastic.  If plastic tends to stick to your machine, place a piece of tissue paper or tear away under plastic before sewing. 
3.    Fold under 1/8” on each long side of binding piece for bottom of pocket.    Set aside.
4.   To insert a zipper in the back of the holder, place the zipper face down on the end of the right side of the large piece of fabric having ends of zipper extend evenly at each side of fabric.  The side of the zipper should be even with the end of the fabric piece.   Place lining face down  (fabric and lining will be right sides together with the zipper sandwiched in between. 
   Stitch ¼” from edge along the length of the zipper.  Press fabric and lining away from zipper.
5.    Using the smaller pieces of fabric and lining, sandwich the zipper, as above, making sure right side of zipper is facing the right side of the fabric and the other edge of the zipper and edges of the fabric and lining are even.  Stitch with a ¼” seam.  Press fabric and lining away from zipper.  

6.     Place the top of the pocket, right side up, 1 ½” from edge opposite from the zipper end.  Place the binding for the bottom of the pocket over the bottom edge of plastic pocket and edge stitch both sides of the binding, using a longer machine stitch (3.0).
7.    Bar Tack each end of zipper, first making sure pull tab is inside the holder at least an inch and bar tack is in the ½” seam allowance.  Cut off ends of zipper even with the sides of the holder.

8.    Fold Name Tag Holder with right sides together, and stitch across 5” end opposite the fold.  Serge or zigzag finish the seam.  Turn right side out and press making sure you DO NOT press on the plastic.    NOTE:  the bottom of the pocket is approximately ½” from the folded bottom of the name tag holder.  The top edge is the seam you just sewed.
9.      The neckband and side binding are all one piece.   Using the 2” x 40 ½” piece, fold and press under ½” on each long side.  Fold in each end ¼” and press.   Fold in half lengthwise matching folded edges and press.  You now have a side binding/neck strap ½” x 40”.

10.     Open out binding and pin right side of binding to back (zipper) side of name tag holder leaving ¼” at bottom and stitch with ½” seam.  Do the same with the other end of the binding/strap, being careful not to twist the neck strap.  Fold up ¼” and turn binding to front of name tag holder, pin and stitch in place continuing this time all around from one side to the other.

11.    Clear pocket holds a 3: x 4” Name Tag.

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