My Latest Craft Addiction

I am very late to the little zipper pouch party. Other bloggers have churned them out by the armload as gifts and gussied them up with cunning shapes and zipper variations. I’ve been avoiding this kind of project due to my fear of zippers – installing them, that is.

Finally, I decided it was time to pull up my big girl pants and have a go. I searched Sew Mama Sew for tutorials, and settled on Melly Sews 15 minute zipper pouch. It’s a basic, no pockets, lined pouch that can be resized to suit. Besides, Melly has a video that shows each step.

As you know, I’ve built up a stock of fabric bits I’ve tortured in some way with various surface design experiments. What better way to use them than to make pouches. I began with some batik fabric I had pleated and sewed down in diamond patterns. It wasn’t going to make it to a quilt, so I chose it for my first effort.

I dug out an old zipper, chose fabric for a lining and sat down with Melly’s video. An hour later I had a zipped pouch. Melly is a lot faster than I am.

Emboldened by this success, I tackled an upholstery sample scrap next. The extra thickness was a bit of a challenge but the pouch got made, albeit a bit crookedly. The pouch now holds my Fabrico pens.

Next up was a fat quarter I bought at a quilt show – cute fabric but I couldn’t figure out how to use it in a quilt. I learned that it’s wise to interface quilting cotton used this way, but my colored pencils weigh down the bag so that oopsie is concealed.

Finally, I remembered some linen I bought in Canada that could give more body to a bag. In fact it gives so much body I can’t get the bag to stay open so the lining shows. It’s a teal color, to complete my green family lining color theme.

After four bags, I think I’m done. My next goal is learning to take glamor shots of my work – craft porn.


Filed under Completed Projects, Techniques

8 responses to “My Latest Craft Addiction

  1. You’re brave! I need to learn to put in zippers and make little pouches, if for no other reason than to use up some odds and ends of handwovens. I’ll take a look at the tutorial you used!

  2. I wish you were my neighbor. 🙂 I have a similar fear of installing zippers and have decided I don’t really need to. Congratulations on facing your fear!

    • These “young” modern sewistas checked their fear of zippers at the door, so I couldn’t let them shame me. I’ll let you know if I figure out a way to put Iowa next to Ohio, maybe swap with Pennsylvania.

  3. Barbara

    I am not a bag maker but have been watching “Zazu’s Stitch Art” on youtube and getting tempted.

    • Watching a video is helpful, rather than just looking at still pictures. I made one fancy bag and decided I didn’t have the patience to deal with all the interlinings and linings.

  4. Your purses/bags are so fun. Nice job on the zippers… Zippers and I go way back; we are no longer friends (Up there with garment construction – NO MORE!).

    • A friend who’s a costume designer has shown me more than once his foolproof method. I’m afraid to ask him to repeat it, but I still don’t get it. It’s all about dealing with the zipper pull.

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