Feb 21

52 zippers #8: small and mini dumpling pouches

2017-09-07T20:35:38+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouches, I wanted to make something very quick and easy. I’m leaving for QuiltCon suuuuper early tomorrow so I had to make these up before I left! Last week I made a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns, and I made the larger size (the mustang one, pictured below, for size reference). This week I made the mini one! And an even mini-er one!

I will give you one tip for these smaller ones: basting glue for the zipper was essential. I can’t imagine trying to sew those tiny curved seams with the zipper shifting around!

For the outside of the small one I used Anna Maria Horner’s Echinacea from Pretty Potent.

I lined it with Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer.

For the outside of the itty bitty baby one (so ridiculous!) I used Mini Muu Little Birds by Lecien. I shrunk the smaller dumpling pattern to 75% of the size when printing. I’m tempted to try an even smaller one!

And I lined it with Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Good Neighbors.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): Used the template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF-101). For the small one, I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a flower standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, Pelon SF-101
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 10″, 12″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 18

52 zippers #7: Dumpling pouch

2017-09-07T20:35:49+00:00 February 18th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make something very quick and easy. I’m headed to QuiltCon next week and I haven’t started getting ready yet. Eeek! So I chose something easy from my zipper pouch Pinterest board, a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns. It was super quick and easy–I think I was done in less than an hour, including choosing the fabric! My only regret is that I didn’t quilt the outer pieces. They are a little puffy and I think that quilting them would have lent them a nicer finish. I chose to start with the larger size, but next week I’m thinking I’ll make the smaller one.

I used this Mustang fabric from Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel that is a favorite. I cut two outer pieces instead of one so both horses would be upright (described more below).

I lined it with more Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel from the same Mustang line called Rose Border.

I’m not totally sure that this will be the final use of this pouch, but for now it’s holding my Clover Wonder Clips. I like that the pouch opens really wide so I can just reach in while it’s sitting open on the table.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): used template, backed with fusible fleece. I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a horse standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pelon SF-101)
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 14″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 12

52 zippers #6: mini plus quilt using Quilter’s grid interfacing

2017-09-07T20:35:59+00:00 February 12th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make a mini first aid pouch that I can throw in my everyday bag. Of course my mind first went to a plus quilt. I decided to do all low volume fabrics with just one red plus on each side, and of course a red zipper! I used Kona Tomato for the red plus, which matches the red zipper just about perfectly.

I pieced these teeny squares without going insane by using Quilter’s grid. Quilter’s grid is a lightweight interfacing with a pale 1″ grid drawn on it. I talk more about how to use it in an old post where I made a watercolor quilt from several years ago. The nice thing about the grid is that you’re not limited to 1″ squares. You can also use 2″ or any size square and just use the grid to keep things aligned. I totally want to make a whole quilt of this! But probably using bigger squares…

I backed the plus panels with some fusible fleece because the back was very stiff from all the seams and would have made the lining weird.

I lined it with this red and white plus fabric from Anne Kelle’s Remix line from Robert Kaufman.

The pouch is definitely on the petite size, but it’s perfect for holding a few pieces of gauze, a few bandaids, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and Benzalkonium chloride wipes. I use these wipes instead of one of the various antiseptic sprays or foams in my portable first aid kits because I have had them leak so.many.times. I get them on Amazon.com; they’re $5 for 100. They are sting-free, which makes everyone happy.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer panels, pieced with Quilter’s grid interfacing and backed with fusible fleece (Pellon 971) after piecing (2): 6.5″ w x 5.5″ h. Little squares were 1″ cut, 1/2″ finished.
  • Quilter’s grid interfacing (cut): 12″ w x 10″ h
  • Lining pieces (2): 6.5″ w x 5.5″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 6.5″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 5

52 zippers #5: adding a D-ring and wristlet strap

2017-09-07T20:36:06+00:00 February 5th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make a small pouch that my daughter could use for her money. She (and I) love bunnies so I included a fussy-cut strip of Mochi by Rashida Coleman-Hale/Cotton + Steel. I decided to just use a strip of it instead of making the whole pouch out of it so as to put the focus on just a few bunnies. That way there is a lovely row of perfect bunnies and moons, instead of a bunch of half-moons at the edges. The lining is the same Mochi print. The blue is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Peacock.

Like last week, I added a D-ring, and this week I also added a small strap, called a wristlet strap. Both of these are very easy and cute additions, and I’ve written up another handout to show you how! Download it here, free for a limited time.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces, interfaced with woven fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101):
    • (2 top): 6″ w x 2.5″ h,
    • (2 fussy cut strips): 6″ w x 1.75″ h,
    • (2 bottom): 6″ x 1.25″
  • Lining pieces (2): 6″ w x 4.5″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • D-ring: 5/8″
  • D-ring tab: 2.5″ x 2″
  • Swivel clip: 5/8″
  • Swivel clip strap: 2.5″ x 12″
  • Zipper: 6″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!