May 21

52 zippers #20: fabric selvage chevron

2017-09-07T20:33:48+00:00 May 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.

So this week I wanted to play with an extremely small amount of my completely out of control selvage collection. I sewed two sets of strips onto 6″ fabric foundations at a 30 degree angle, making one the mirror image of the other, and with a matching rainbow gradation on each side. I used Roxanne Glue Baste-it to secure each selvage before I stitched it to the foundation to avoid shifting and I think it worked pretty well!

I have been wanting to make some bigger pouches so I added a couple of inches of this black Pearl Bracelet print by Lizzy House to the bottom to make it bigger. The reverse side is all the Pearl Bracelet print.

I also used another metal zipper because I am loving how the metal zippers look. I had ordered too many for a previous handbag project and I’ve almost run through them all already! I’ll have to order more soon.

I lined it with the same Pearl Bracelet print. I used up almost all of the fat quarter I had! Yay!

  • Outer piece: 11″ wide x 8″ tall.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 11″, teeth length: 10″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

May 15

52 zippers #19: freezer paper stencil

2017-09-07T20:33:53+00:00 May 15th, 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.

So this week I wanted to try something a little more graphic. I decided to try a freezer paper stencil of a Boston Terrier as a panel on the front of a pouch. I did the stencil on Essex Linen in Flax using Jacquard fabric paint. I am terrible at drawing so I got the clipart from Google images. The eyes were more than a little putzy but I think overall it turned out really well! I did the stencil on a larger piece of linen before I cut it out for the pouch.

I made a matching back panel and I quilted it with some dark gray thread just to add a little more interest.

I lined it with this super fun Tula Pink print. I also used another metal zipper because I am loving how sharp the metal zippers look.

  • Outer piece: 10″ wide x 6.25″ tall.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9″, teeth length: 8″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

May 15

52 zippers #18: waxed linen and silk cosmetic bag

2017-09-07T20:33:59+00:00 May 15th, 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.

So this week I decided to use a small scrap of this beautiful black/white/color speck fabric that I got at the Textile Center garage sale a few weeks ago. I think it was only $1-2. Based on how ridiculously soft it is I’m guessing it’s silk. I combined it with some black linen from a thrifted shirt. I added a tiny turquoise flange for a pop of color between the two. I backed the outer pieces with fusible fleece and quilted it all over with a 30 degree diamond pattern, set 1″ apart. I love this pouch–it’s the perfect size for a few necessities.

The linen was pretty floppy so I thought I’d try waxing it with Otter fabric wax as I’ve never tried waxing fabric before. So I found that the linen didn’t change much in appearance after waxing–as soon as I ironed it all the wax melted into the fibers–but it changed the hand of the fabric considerably. It made it really nice and firm and solid, but not too stiff. I really like the effect! It made it so that the bag stands up nicely. I waxed it before sewing and it only took about 10 extra minutes.

I lined it with a favorite Denyse Schmidt print, and I used a metal zipper. This was my first time shortening a metal zipper. While it wasn’t hard, I will say if you use pliers to snip the teeth off, wear safety glasses!! The tiny teeth zinged off in all different directions and a few did hit me in the face.

  • Outer piece: 9.5″ wide x 8″ tall.
  • Corner boxes: 1″ square.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″, teeth length: 8.5″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

May 7

52 zippers #17: Becca bags

2017-09-07T20:34:04+00:00 May 7th, 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.

So this week I thought I’d try making some Becca Bags by Lazy Girl designs. My daughter needed a toiletry bag big enough to hold a hairbrush and a bottle of spray detangler, and then I thought making a tiny matching bag to hold her hair ties and barrettes would be super cute.

My daughter picked all the fabrics (no one was surprised that bunnies were chosen). The outer panel is a Mochi print by Cotton + Steel and some cute blue polkadots (Arctic Girl by Small Factory/Studio E). The lining is a mystery green leafy print that I got off the free table at a guild meeting. I made the bigger one bigger than the large bag in the pattern and the smaller one smaller than the small bag.

So overall I thought the pattern was easy enough to follow, but I was not entirely happy about the raw edges inside the bag at the end. I modified the last few steps to sew the outer panel right sides together and then the lining right sides together, leaving an opening for turning, similar to how I do in my basic zipper pouch instructions. It worked just fine and the result was a bag with a cute, stay-open shape but with no raw edges. Yay!

  • Outer piece: Large: 25″ wide x 8″ high, Small: 10″ wide x 5″ high. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: Large: 26″ cut, Small: 11″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!