April 3, 2014

Customization: Hologram Pouches

About a month ago, a customer requested if we could do customized hologram pouches for her. Of course I said yes, I was so excited! Since then, we have several customized requests and orders. Although I'm always either busy sewing, designing, taking photos or planning strategies for Elska, I will definitely make time for customization products. It makes my day knowing customers are happy with their personalized products.

Some of you have been asking what goes behind our sewing studio so I decided to document one of our best selling Hologram products: Hologram pouch. Our customer, Li Ting's requests were similar to our current Hologram pouches.

Current Hologram pouch: 8.2"x 5.8"
Li Ting's requested Hologram pouch dimensions: 10" x 7"

You can use this documentation as a DIY tutorial. 
Time taken to sew 1 Hologram pouch is about 2.5 hours. 
(excluding drafting masterpiece and tracing pattern pieces)
Level of difficulty: 6/10. I'm not the best person to gauge level of difficulty for this haha. I'm trained in sewing apparel and leather products so this project, although time-consuming, is considered straightforward to me. 


Materials you will need for 1 Hologram pouch:
1. Hologram fabric 1/2 yard. This fabric is exclusively imported and it's not available in Singapore, however you can substitute it with PVC fabric/faux leather.
2. Black interfacing 1/2 yard. Available for purchase at Chinatown People's Park Centre material stores, the one I usually go to is Lye Nai Siong, Level 2.
3. Scotch tape
4. Duck bill plier
5. End cutting nipper
6. Pencil & eraser
7. Thread
8. 1 set of rivet
9. Lobster clasp
10. Semi circle loop
11. Metal hole puncher
12. Rivet setter
13. Thread cutter
14. Picker
15. Black zip, 9"
16. Marking knife
17. Penknife
18. Tweezer
19. Fabric scissors
20. Paper scissors
21. Fabric glue/Double sided tape
22. Small scissors
23. Needles
24. Fire starter
25. Metal ruler
26. Drafting ruler
27. Cutting mat
28. Measuring tape
29. Domestic/industrial sewing machine; a machine is still needed to get at least 10% of the work done.

Li Ting requested 2 customized hologram pouches: Purple & Black. I'll be documenting the purple one.


Once you're ready with your pattern piece, lay it on the fabric and use scotch tape to tape the piece down.


Proceed to cut the pattern out, make sure that you have taped all edges down.


Cut the pattern piece on interfacing. The interfacing is needed to give the hologram fabric a stronger hold and to add body to self fabric.


Brush off dust on the back of the hologram fabric so that we can lay the interfacing and press the iron down.


The iron heat will activate the adhesive on one side of the interfacing, allowing it to be affixed to the hologram fabric. Use medium heat and moderate pressure when doing this, If the heat is too strong, it can melt the hologram fabric.


Trim off excess edges once the interfacing is fastened to the self fabric. Use a penknife to cut out the marked lines for the zip to be in place.


This is a new additional step I just implemented. We noticed that after some period of using the pouches, the interfacing can start to fray and will have edges, the easiest way to tackle this is to use a fire starter to burn the edges. This method will only work for polyester interfacing. Don't worry if your current Elska hologram product has some fray edges, you can use a candle/fire starter to burn the edges but please be very careful when handling this. Do not burn the edges for too long, a short while is enough to burn off the fray edges and will not affect the hologram fabric.


Next, we stitch up Elska logo.


Li Ting requested for an additional wrist strap so fabric loops are added to hold the strap. Stitch up the opening side of the zip first so it doesn't open up when you're sewing the zip to the pouch.


Attach the zip to the pouch, only use pins to attach if you're comfortable with them. Pin them at points you know you will sew on, otherwise these pins will leave holey marks when taken out, This hologram fabric is similar to plastic, unlike ordinary fabrics where you can pin them anywhere. You can also use fabric glue to keep the zip in place.


Putting the fabric loops in place and sewing up the sides of the pouch.


Once the pouch is finished, we move on to make the wrist strap: 1" x 18".


Fold the fabric and use pins to fasten the edges. Stitch the edges down.


Once finished stitching, attach the lobster clasp by pushing the strap through the loop.


Mark the points for the rivets and proceed to use a hammer & metal hole puncher to create holes.


A total of 3 holes for 1 set of rivet to install.


Join all 3 holes together and place the rivet in place.


Use a hammer, rivet setter and moderate strength to install the rivet.


Et voila/there you go with the detachable straps.


Attach the straps to the pouches and we're done!


Give your pouches a shine by using a leather polish. Let the surface dry and wipe off excess wax slightly with a cloth once done; you don't want to carry a greasy pouch!

Have fun experimenting with this project, you can drop me an email at acethetics@acechia.net if you have any enquiries or need any help. Also, if you have something you would like to customize, feel free to drop an email to customercare@el-ska.com and we will see if we could help to realize your customization. :)

Till next time!

Love,
Ace

2 comments:

  1. hi, where'd you get the rivets and pvc leather? been around singapore (spotlight, ace hardware) and i couldnt find it :(

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    1. hi! you can get them at Chinatown People's Park Centre material stores at level 2 & 3! :)

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