Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Zippers : :

Yes, zippers. Okay I feel a little silly admitting that yesterday was a BIG first for me -- I made my very first zip pouch, as in ever, and then a second immediately after finishing the first. Can you believe it? I've been sewing for about seven and a half years and I'm just now adding zippers to my sewing skills. Now this is not because I haven't wanted to or because I find zippers intimidating. My main excuse is that when it comes to sewing samples for my fabric collections, there's always sewing friends willing to sew the cute, necessary zipper-things so I stay focused on the quilty-things. I've liked it this way until very recently when I was buying school supplies for our kids, which included pencil cases (zip pouches) and a little cosmetic bag (zip pouch) for Haila to keep her little brush, tissues, lotion, etc.. organized in her backpack. Folks, twenty dollars later it was high time this mama learned!

Zip Pouch Firsts

I went to Amazon in search of zippers and immediately found this great deal! I did not need a 120 zippers in a full rainbow of colors. But I do know myself well enough to know that if I'm going to make one of something, there's likely to be a dozen or so more to follow. I'm sure some fancier zippers will soon be added to my new zipper stash, as well.

Zipper Rainbow & Love Story

The zippers were ordered Thursday, arrived Saturday, and yesterday I made my first two zip pouches with zero issues and I'm really happy with the quality of these zippers and my pouches. I did watch a couple of YouTube videos just to be sure I knew what I was doing before beginning.

Love Story Zip Pouches

Of course the exterior of my pouches is made using Quick Quilt As You GO, with a cushiony layer of cotton batting, bits and pieces of my Love Story strike offs in the Enamored colorway, with a little added pompom and lace embellishment. I also lined my pouches using AGF's denim for a really nice finish!

Love Story - Enamored

Love Story Samples

QAYG with Lace

QAYG with Pompoms

Lined Zip Pouches

After making these two, I think zip pouches will be my new go-to scrap buster. Only 118 more zippers to go! This is going to be fun!!

xo Maureen

30 comments:

  1. Yeah...congratulations and they look great too.

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    1. Thank you so much! It feels good to have learned something new, even though I feel so silly for waiting so long!

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  2. Love them! :) What fun you had! Can't wait to see the next 118! haha

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    1. And I am sure you will see them! haha I'll try to space out my posts so you all don't get bored of them. :)

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  3. I got 25 - 5" zippers to make little monsters with zipper mouths and have run out of zippers very quick! It's quite addicting! I haven't made a flat zipper pouch, but a TON of box zipper pouches as gifts. Eagerly want to start adding lace to everything! Can't wait to get my hands on this new line too :)

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    1. I can't wait for Love Story yardage! I'm cleaning an reorganizing my sewing studio today in preparation of the arrival of those beautiful rolls. You should try adding lace to one of your qayg you projects. That's what got me hooked!

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  4. Your zippered pouches are lovely and I like the embellishments. Great gift ideas!

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    1. Yes, these pouches are perfect for using up those short lengths of ribbon and lace.

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  5. Noodlehead's wide open zip pouch tutorial is a good variation to try. I bought too much mermaid sequin fabric last night which I am sure will become a few of these flat style pencil cases for my girl.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! Your pouch idea sounds like something my daughter would love!

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  6. Lovely. Zip pouches are my favorite scrap project, they are always unique and always useful. I've never lined with denim, though, and love that idea for my next pouch!

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    1. I have so many denim scraps leftover from when I back my pillows with denim, these pouches are the perfect use!

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  7. Yay! Congratulations! I love making them. As a matter of fact, I need to pull out my scraps soon to make a dozen before the first of Nov.

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  8. It has been sooo long since I made zipper pouches. I need to make my daughters some new ones. zippers can be tough little buggers esp if you are a perfectionist. :-P

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    1. This is true! I didn't swap out my foot for a zipper foot, so I sew extra slow to make sure I don't have wonky visible top stitches! :)

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  9. Your pouches are gorgeous. I. Too am a beginner as far as zips are concerned Love your fabric

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    1. Thank you, sewing with Love Story has been so much fun! It's always great when receiving a new fabric collection inspires you to try making new things!

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  10. They are super cute Maureen - love the trims! Sewing with zips is definitely addictive, I have a pouch for everything!

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    1. I already do, too! It's one handmade item I'd often buy when an IG sale would pop-up. Now everyone I love will have a pouch for everything, as well!

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  11. Congratulations on conquering zippers. Love your finished zippered pouches. Great finishes (it'll be interesting to see how many of these you'll be producing now that you know how easy zips are, LOL.

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    1. I made a third yesterday (a herringbone qayg pouch) while watching a YouTube video tutorial for making a boxy pouch. I'm definitely addicted already! :)

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  12. When I first learned to put in a zipper for a pouch, I wondered why I had thought it was difficult. Now I buy zippers by the meter in Mexico when we go for vacation. I have lots of them. The trick is learning to install the zipper pull - and once you know how, that isn't difficult either.

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    1. I have regret now not trying years ago, they are so much fun!

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  13. congrats on your success. Pouches are so fun, so many shapes and sizes. You will develop a new obsession.

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  14. Lovely pouches, thanks for the idea to use lace and bobbles! My friends will be getting them soon!

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  15. I've made zipper pouches before but not for a long time. I've had them on my list of to-do for awhile and you are inspiring me to get on with it.

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  16. do you have instructions for the basic zippered pouch? Or is that a pattern we can buy? I can totally see making these for Christmas gifts for my family!!

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