Monday, 18 July 2016

Two zippy finishes!

I made myself two new zippy pouches this weekend. And Mia is not allowed to steal them. For the first, I used a tutorial by Truly Myrtle to make a large boxy pouch. I made it bigger than the tutorial (using her excellent instructions for doing so) and it came out shoe-boxed size.

The fabric is Moda Sanibel by Gina Martin, which I found on sale and fell in love with. It makes me smile. I could only get 1/2m and planned a one-hour basket, but this was a perfect alternative. I'm using it to store my perle threads. The interior is a print from Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander, and I used it for the zip tab and the handle lining too.

The tutorial was excellent, and although I thought I had totally messed up the step which forms the seam at the ends of the zip, it worked out pretty well. If I made this again I would add a more structural interfacing - I only used wadding and it's pretty floppy.

My second zippy finish is a Finish Along finish - my first of the quarter (you can find my original list here)! I picked up a mini charm pack of Modern Backgrounds - Ink by Zen Chic in an Instagram destash and a zippy pouch was always the plan. I added in a few of the Modern Backgrounds - Paper that I have bought to make up two panels each 7x4 charms.

I'm really enjoying hand quilting at the moment (those perle threads are getting a lot of use). I picked out bright pink and marked up the panels with a hera marker, then quilted a cross hatch on both panels. 

Once completed I used Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippy Pouch tutorial for the zip. I haven't used this for large pouches before and it was amazing. After I boxed the corners and first turned the bag through, I was a little disappointed with the shape I had made - I felt I had boxed the corners too large. But when you open the pouch...! Wow! It's amazing what that zip does. It opens up almost like a one-hour basket! I love, love, love it. Especially with the bright pink fabric I used for the lining!

And a flash of bright pink for the zipper tab too, as I could only find a black zip. I can't wait to fill this with bits and pieces for a very special workshop I'm going to on Wednesday! More on that soon.


Karen M said...

Such cute bags. Thanks for sharing the links.

Lin said...

Great pouches and yes, thanks for sharing the links. Enjoy the workshop. xx

Heather said...

they turned out great. I'm going to check those tutorials

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love both of them!