Sep 27

52 zippers #25: Set to go Cosmetic case

2017-09-27T19:31:53+00:00 September 27th, 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 made the “Set to go” cosmetic case I found on Craftsy by Uniquely Michelle. I thought it had a super cute shape and I’ve been wanting to make more boxy bags.

I had this awesome sparkle zipper that I wanted to pair with metallic black/silver Essex linen (Ebony). I added in this Cotton and Steel print that I’ve been saving for awhile because I had no idea what to do with it but it’s so pretty! I reversed the top and bottom pattern pieces because I wanted more of the print instead of the Essex showing.

I added a bit of turquoise green piping, just because.

I lined it with a mint print and used a bit more of the Cotton and Steel print for the inner slip pocket.

  • Zipper pouch size: Exactly as in pattern
  • Zipper: 30cm (12″)

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!

Sep 15

52 zippers #24: Tiny mini Raspberry kiss blocks

2017-09-15T15:57:51+00:00 September 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.

One of my favorite blocks is the Raspberry kiss block by Wooden Spoon quilts. Of course, the original size is way too big to make more than a few for a zip pouch, so I googled and found Michael Ann Made had made some much smaller ones, but they still weren’t quite small enough. I had to minify them even more… These tiny blocks finish at 1.25″—the width of the Xs are only 0.25″.

I finished the tiny blocks in February 2016 and the little group of nine of them have been sitting on my design wall ever since. I decided I should finally make them useful!

Michael Ann Made paper pieced her minis, but I am waaaay too lazy to deal with that. And I hate picking out paper out of tiny seams. Ha! I used all of my favorite Carolyn Friedlander prints for this one:

  • X pieces: (2) 0.75″ squares, (1) 1.25″ x 0.75″ rectangle,
  • X inner background: (4) 0.75″ squares
  • X outer background: (2) 1.5″ squares, cut in half on the diagonal. (This is a little big, but then I trimmed the blocks down afterwards.)

For the accent navy I used a Kaufman chambray. I waffled for a long time about what print to use for the sides and back of the pouch, but I settled on some of Carolyn Friedlander’s “Wood Reflection” print from Friedlander.

I used a lime green zipper and lined it with one of my favorite Carolyn Friedlander prints of all time from Carkai.

I’ll need to think of something really great to do with this one! It’s a keeper! 🙂

  • Outer piece: 8.5″ wide x 5″ tall.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: cut to 8.5″

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!

Sep 12

52 zippers #23: What’s in your bag vinyl Sashiko pouch

2017-09-12T18:29:22+00:00 September 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.

So I decided to make a little pouch to hold my in-progress Sashiko embroidery project. I bought a pre-printed Sashiko panel years ago but never got to it and then this year at QuiltCon they had so many lovely ones in one booth that I was inspired to try again (and it helped that the friends I went with all got at least one too!).

My Sashiko project has been travelling around with me in an ugly zip-top bag. I wanted something that not only reflected the style of the contents, but even showed it off a little from the outside. I have a zipper pouch pattern I bought long ago with a vinyl window that I knew would be perfect for this. The pattern is “What’s in your bag” by Stitchin’ Sisters. I hadn’t heard of Stitchin’ Sisters when I bought this pattern, but it turns out they’re local-ish (in WI) and I had the pleasure of meeting them this June at an event at Millie P’s quilt shop. Bonus!

The outside of the bag is Kaufman “Dobby Denim”. I ordered this for my ever-growing stash of denims and chambrays that will become a quilt before too much longer. But when this one arrived it was very stiff and weird, so I’ll instead use it for bags and other things where the crisp hand doesn’t matter. I lined it with a simple low volume cream print by Camelot Fabrics called “Josephine”.

I kept the contents super simple: Embroidery panel, ball of perle cotton, vial of needles, and a small pair of sharp scissors. The bag size is just about perfect for this.

The pattern does have you zigzag or serge a few raw edges inside the pouch, but I found it just as easy to cover the raw edges with a single-fold binding strip. I machine stitched it down so it was really quick!

About the only thing I wish I’d done differently is they suggest quilting the back panel, which I skipped, and the lining fabric is a bit poufy as a result. Next time I’ll definitely quilt the back panel and the front one too.

  • Bag size: As written exactly in pattern
  • Zipper: 8.5″ cut

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!

Sep 5

52 zippers #22: The Cube bag

2017-09-05T22:01:44+00:00 September 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.

Well hello! It was not my intention to take the entire summer off from work, but that’s what happened. And it was lovely! But now it’s time to get back to work. The kids are back in school, I feel more refreshed and definitely motivated to finish my zipper project.

This bag is called simply “The Cube”, by Penny Sturges at Quilts Illustrated. I’m on a mission to find the perfect doctor-style bag that has internal metal bars at the top opening (they’re called “stays”). This pattern came with one pair of the metal stays included, and you can also buy refills of the metal stays separately.

Bags like this open super nice and wide and stay open, so they’re perfect for project bags. You’ll be seeing a few more of this kind of bag over the next while (so far I’ll be making at least 5 more, all different).

If you know of any other patterns with this style, please let me know in the comments. I really do want to try them all!

It is SUPER cute and such a good size. For the outside, I used a magical linen/cotton blend from Robert Kaufman. I’ve had bundles of the Essex Pond coordinates sitting on my shelf for months that were too pretty to open, so I made an accent panel for the front pocket out of them all together. I added in a few extra Essex colors I had on hand. The handles are also Essex linen. After finishing the bag I looked at other photos of The Cube online and it looks like I put the handles on sideways. Oops! 🙂

I used a metal zipper, as I wanted the zipper to be very durable. And pretty. I added a matching panel from the Essex bundle on the other side of the bag.

The lining is an older Anna Maria Horner print that meshed well with the Essex bundle. This bag has foam inside, so it is nice and springy and stands up very well, even when full.

There are even a few organizational pockets inside. I’m finding this bag simply perfect for toting around my large EPP project that doesn’t fit in my Sew it Goes tote. It would also be perfect for a small knitting project.

I simply LOVE this bag. It is very high on my list of contenders for Christmas and teacher’s gifts this year… I’ll be whipping up the other small ones soon so I can decide!

See you back here soon with another zipper project! Only 30 to go…

Zipper pouch specs:
Size: The Cube, as written in the pattern
Zipper: 24” metal zipper, trimmed to 17″