|five, six and seven inch zippers|
These colorful zippers came home with me in a spur of the moment decision to finally overcome my fear of sewing with zippers as well as to make a few stocking fillers for Christmas. I've had a go at making zippered pouches once before although I felt that some further refinement of my skills was needed. And so it began.
These three pouches were my first attempt. I searched the Internet for zippered pouch tutorials (and there are lots!) and found this tutorial by Noodlehead to be particularly easy to follow and had success making these pouches without difficulty.
Fabrics include: Owls by Annika Wester for Kokka
I then decided that I wanted to try my hand at a pouch with zippered tabs and used Colleen's (The Busy Bean's) tutorial found here: Basic Pouch with Zippered Tabs to get started. I have fiddled around with size and also found a more suitable interfacing (iron on) product at my local store, GJ's Discount Fabrics. (I have only used interfacing for the exterior fabrics).
Echino by Etsuko Furuya for Kokka (Fall 09)
All of the zippered pouched have been lined with quilting cottons. Choosing zippers and fabrics has of course been the most fun!
And I've also moved on to making patchwork pouches; this one featuring fabrics from the Notting Hill collection by Joel Dewberry, a gift for my young niece filled with pink and orange pens, pencils and markers. I have lined the exterior patchwork fabric with iron-on interfacing rather than batting, then quilted it.
Ah yes, you can see what some of my family and friends will be receiving in their Christmas stockings this year. There's plenty to go around, and I think they make an unique and thoughtful handmade gift.
Thank you for stopping by,
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