Punch Needle Using Fabric Strips - and Sew a Punched Clutch! | Rawyah Sami | Skillshare

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Punch Needle Using Fabric Strips - and Sew a Punched Clutch!

teacher avatar Rawyah Sami, Quilter

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Tools and Fabric


    • 3.

      Foundation Fabric Prep


    • 4.

      Making Fabric Yarn


    • 5.



    • 6.



    • 7.

      Cutting Fabric and Interfacing


    • 8.

      Making the Flap


    • 9.

      Sewing the Bag


    • 10.

      Thank You


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About This Class


And welcome to my new Skillshare class!

Do you have old garments that hold precious memories but are out of fashion?

Do you sew a lot and end with bags of leftover fabric in the corner of your craft room?

Do you like to recycle, try new things, make handmade items? 

then this class is just for you!

In this class, I will share with you a new way to recycle fabric by turning your fabric scraps to fabric yarn, and using it with the punch needle tool. 

 I will talk about:

  • Basic tools 
  • How to cut fabric into yarn
  • How to put Foundation Fabric in a frame or a hoop
  • How to punch with fabric
  • How to create a punched piece and use it in a sewing project.
  • Preparing the punched piece for sewing.
  • Making a clutch with magnetic snaps and a punched flap.


As a quilter and a bagmaker, I end up with bags of scrap fabric every time I finish a project. These precious pieces of fabric leftover can be turned into new fabric, recycled and will make beautiful projects. I have made new fabric from odd-shaped scraps and selvedges. And now, in this class, I will cut fabric strips to use with punch needle tool! Exciting! 

You can use old garments of linen, cotton, wool or blend fabrics. Turn them into yarn,  and with the punch needle, make pillows, bags and wall hangings. The possibilities are endless ✂️

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Rawyah Sami



Hello! My name is Rawyah and I am a fabric lover. I make quilts and sew bags. Recently I became interested in finding ways to recycle and reuse fabric leftovers. And on my Skillshare channel, I will share these ideas with you, plus other sewing projects and techniques. Thank you for following me. 

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1. Introduction : Hello and welcome to my new class on Skillshare. My name isn't always and I'm a longer. I'm a pattern designer and a bag maker. In this class, I will share with you how to turn your fabric scraps into fabric yarn. I will teach you how to use your fabric strips or yarn with a punch needle. I will show you how to prepare your foundation fabric for punch needle and how to put the foundation cloth and a frame or a hoop. This class includes a clutch bag pattern with a flap made with punch needle. After we are dense touching the flap with punch needle, I will show you what glue I like to use to apply to the back of the piece to prepare it for sewing. And I will share a trick. I use two so quenched pieces on a cellular machine. By the end of this class, you will have learned a new way to recycle fabric scraps and new creative method of using the punch needle. And learned how to sew a clutch with an eye-catching flap stitched with punch needle. The technique is so easy and the results are amazing. Let us start. 2. Tools and Fabric: Now let us look at the main tools that we will use in this class. First, the fabric scraps. I chose a mix of cotton fabrics. All the strips are about ten inches long or longer. To cut these trips and make yarn, we will need a cutting mat and a cutter. We will also need a cutting ruler. My favorite ruler for this project is 2.5 by 18 inches long. We will need scissors for trimming. Acu snap frame, Mine is 11 by 17 inches. You can also use a hoop or an artist's canvas. For the foundation fabric, you can use burlap. It's a cheap, widely available fabric and it's great if you're planning to hang your project on the wall. However, if you are planning to use your finished punch needle piece and selling project, I would recommend using monks cloth S Foundation fabric. Monks cloth is made from cotton and it's very soft compared to burlap, which is why I will use it in this class. The star of this class is the punch needle. I'll use an Oxford punch needle size 10 regular. The middle part of the needle is made from steel and the handle part is made from wood. It is very easy to hold and it's very easy to threat. These are the basic tools that you will need to punch needle with fabric. And here is a list of the other tools that I'll be using in this class. When buying a new punch needle or fabric, you will need to test to make sure that the needle goes into the fabric smooth B and camps out smoothly without causing any tears. You need to also test your foundation fabric and make sure that it has open wave and that it allows the needle to pass through without any problems. 3. Foundation Fabric Prep: Monks cloth and other openly fabrics like to fray, to keep the fabric edges from fraying, I'd like to cover them with tape. You can also search the edges with a surgery or do as exact stitch along the edges on your sewing machine. Here, I'm using a masking tape and taping along the edges covering all four sides of the cloth. Now it's time to put the cloth into the frame. I am using a queue snap frame. I'll first have to assemble the frame according to the instructions. Then place the cloth over the frame and attach the clamps. When putting the foundation fabric over the frame, you need to make sure before placing the clamps that the foundation fabric is to as straight as possible. The key snap clamps are strong and double grip the foundation fabric very well and they will not leave any marks on the foundation fabric. There should be no sagging. The foundation fabricates to be as tight on the frame as possible. The fabric should be so tight, tight as a drum that you should be able to bounce a quarter off it. A queue snap frame is not the only option. You can also use an embroidery hoop or a quilting hoop. You can also use an artist canvas as trich the fabric on it and staple it with a stapler. Whatever option you choose, you need the fabric to be tight all the way around. So check for those spots and pull and tightened the fabric again and again. If you are planning to punch only a small section of the fabric SIM, then you should trace the pattern on the cloth before putting it on the frame. If you are making the bed pattern and print the pattern of the flap included in the class materials. Put it under the cloth, tape it in place, and then trace it with a pen. I'm using a thick marker just so you can see the lines. After that, put the cloth into the frame. Now let's cut some fabric yarn. 4. Making Fabric Yarn: Now let us cut fabric, yarn from your fabric stash, pick fabrics trips that are 10 inches and longer. Take the long strips and fold them a few times length wise. Then take your cutter and ruler and start cutting thin strips that are about a quarter inch to three-eighths of an inch wide. And here is my first dense trip a fabric. Continue cutting until you have enough fabric strips. And here's all my fabric yarn divided according to color. Another way stripping fabric is to take a fabric scrap and fold it several times, and then use your scissors and eyeball a quarter inch wide, strip and cut. Even if the cutting was a bit uneven, you won't be able to tell after the pop rock is punched. Now let's move on to punching the fabric. 5. Punching: Before we start stitching the flap, let us go through the basics of punch needle. The needle is threaded by inserting one end of the yarn into the eye of the needle. Hold the tail of the RNA in place. As you pull the rest of the yarn into the slot of the needle. Pool yarn backwards and forwards a couple of times. And that's it. It is as simple as this. Let's start punching. Insert the needle into the foundation cloth and to pull the yarn tail to the back. Pull Veneto out and move it a bit forward and inserted again. This is our first touch. Keep repeating this motion to make small stitches. Do not pull the needle to high up or the sexual come out of the foundation of fabric. This is what it looks like from the other side. The loop site. The loops created by the Oxford punch needle, size 10 regular are a quarter inch tall. Now let us see how we can change the direction of the switches while the needles tone the fabric, turn it so that that thought and to handle is facing the new direction. Then continue stitching. It's important when you're sick and Oxford punch needle that is thought and to handle should always face the direction where you are going. These are the basics for using an Oxford concerto. Now let's move to the flap. When stitching the flap, I started from the outside and I worked in a spiral color by color. If you feel that some of the stitches are a bit loose, turn your piece to the loop side. Turn to the loop side and pull your loops gently. If you like watching movies, listening to podcasts, or just enjoy sitting still for long periods of time. Then punch needle is your best friend. When you are done punching your whole piece, turn it to the loop side and trim details to the length of the loops. Perfect. Next we will apply glue to the stitch side. 6. Glue: After cutting all the yarn tails at it's time to apply glue to the stitch side of your piece. I like to use fabric mod podge, and a small brush. You can also use Elmer's glue. Apply a good layer of the cyclo and don't worry, it will not save to the side. Okay. Also apply some glue to the edges of the flap. This will prevent the foundation fabric from Frank once cut. And now let your piece dry for about two to three hours. Our punched piece now is completely dry. After the glue dries, take a pen and draw a line half an inch away from the edge of the piece. This line will be the seam allowance of the flap. Now we can remove the clamps and take our punched piece off the frame. Okay. Now, Let's take our scissors and cut on the line that we've just drawn. See, the foundation fabric is not fraying. Now let's make the flap at the clutch. 7. Cutting Fabric and Interfacing: Now let us look at the fabric and the interfacing. The fabric on the right is the one I'm going to use, or the lining of the bag. And the fabric on the left is the one I'm going to use for the exterior of the bag. From the exterior fabric lining fabric, woven interfacing and film interfacing. Cut two rectangles that are 12 inches wide and 10 inches long. Or the flap, we will use our punched piece to cut one panel from the exterior fabric. We will use our flap pattern template and cut one from the woven interfacing. And here I'm taking my punched piece, placing it on the exterior of fabric, using it as a template and coding right next to the edges of the foundation fabric. And here is the woven interfacing, the lining fabric, the film interfacing, and the exterior fabric. All those pieces are 12 inches by 10 inches. I will now go to the ironing board and fuse the woven interfacing to the lining fabric and fuse the foam interfacing to the exterior fabric. As for the flap, I'm going to take the woven interfacing, center it on the back of the exterior fabric, on the wrong side of the exterior fabric of the flap and iron it in place. There will be about half an inch gap between the edge of the interfacing and the edge of the fabric. This gap is important to avoid. Bulky seems after selling. After fusing the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, fold the flap in half and make a crease. Now unfold the flap and measure about an inch and a quarter from the edge of the interfacing and mark with a pen. Now let's show the flap. 8. Making the Flap: Now we will install the magnetic snaps. The male snap is the one with that. I've been on it and it will go on the flap. I've already marked the place of the snap, but I will also make two more marks using the prongs on the back of the snap. Then I'll take the Siemer PR and very carefully make two tiny small cuts and the fabric. Now I'll put the magnetic snap in the fabric, pushing the prongs into the two cuts that I just made. After that. And on the back, I'll put the washer and press the prongs to opposite sides using a pen or a screwdriver. Now, I'll take both flaps, Lupe side and the right sides together. And so around the curved edges of the flap, leaving the top it open. Without sewing. On my sewing machine, I'm going to install my zipper foot. Is it per foot will allow me to so close to the bulky layers of the flap because the sich side of the punched flap is covered with a layer of dried clue. It will stick to the surface of the machine and it will not move when the sewing machine is selling. To solve this issue, I've put sandwich paper under the flap. This will allow it to slide smoothly under the machine foot and on the surface of the machine. I'm using Wonder clips to come both layers of the flap together. In front of me I have sandwich paper, loop side of the punched fabric facing up and right side of the interface fabric facing down. Start by backs touching a couple of times and then continues to change as close as you can get to the interfacing. You will have lots of bulk. So proceed slowly. No rush allowed. Andrew member to backstitch when you reach the other side of a flap. We are still not done yet. Now we will flip the flap to the other side. And I will. So again, the reason for switching twice is that I went to make sure that I have sewn as close to the punched fabric as possible. I don't want any foundation fabric to show once I turn the flap inside out. Selling the first time helped hold the bulk of the layers together. And selling the second time was to get as near to the punched thick layers of the fabric as possible. Now let's trim the excess fabric to a quarter inch seam. Now let us turn the flap inside out. And look how neat this is. You can barely see any foundation fabric. To help keep the flap and shape. I'll place wonder clips all around. Perfect. Now let's make the body of the bag. 9. Sewing the Bag: Now let's attach the flap to the main panel. Turn your panels so that the wrong sides facing up. And to mark the center of the main panel. Our panel is 12 inches wide. So the center is at the six inch mark. I've added a pen so that I can know where the market is. Once I flip the panel of right-side-up, now fold the flap and half to know where the center of the plot pins and match the center of the flap with, with the center of the main panel. After matching the center points into flop to the main panel. I'll take both pieces to the sewing machine now. And so both pieces together with a zipper foot and try to get as close as possible to the bulky loops side of the punched flap. And here is my pretty flap attached to the main panel. Now I'll take the second exterior main panel, place it right sides together. And so the right side, bottom side, and left side of the panels. Before turning the bag exterior, right side out. Trim the corners and make sure not to clip any stitches. Now entered the bag inside out and push the corners out. It's time to mark the placement for the female magnetic snap. Take the flap and fold it down as if to close the clutch, check and see where the male snap touches. Mark the place. This is where the female snap will go. Then repeat the same steps we did the first time with a male snap. First the prongs into the fabric. Thank cut, small, tiny cuts with a seam Ripper. Insert the female magnetic snap, and then insert the washer on the other side. First the prongs two opposite directions. Both magnetic snaps have now been installed. Now it's the exterior is done. So let's move to the lining to make the lining in both panels right sides together. So the right side, the bottom side, and the left side, this time using a three-eighths of an inch seam. Lining wrong side out and the exterior right side out. Slide the exterior and the lining, match the top edges on the side seams and pin in place. To make it easier. Thin the side seams first and then pinned the rest of the raw edges. Keep about a six inch opening. Without pinning. We will burst the kludge through this opening. The two pins you see are my start and stop marks. There is a six inch gap between these two pins. I'm almost out of my stuff mark. So I'll stitch a couple of stitches then backstitch and trim the threads. Here's the clutch and there's the opening. And now I'll pull up clutch out through this opening. Now pull the clutch out carefully and without force. You do not want to rip any of the stitches. Fold the raw edges of the opening in about a quarter of an inch at some pins to help keep everything in place. Now take your clutched the sewing machine and top stitch all around. The top stitching will close the opening. It will also help the lining stay in place and it will give a crisp edge to the bag. Our kludge with its eye-catching flap is done now and it's ready for its first outing. 10. Thank You: Thank you for joining me in this class. I hope you will enjoy doing punch needle with fabrics as I did. And it will create beautiful projects like this. Pretty much. See you in another class. Take care. Bye.