Feb 28

52 zippers #30: Rounded Reno makeup bag

2018-02-28T17:50:33+00:00 February 28th, 2018|

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 thought I’d try the Rounded Reno makeup bag. it looked super small and cute in the photo! When I made it, it came out bigger than I was expecting, but I think the bigger size is probably more useful anyway.

I used an Echino canvas and a canvas polka dot for the exterior fabric. I lined it with a pretty blue star fabric–I wish I could remember the designer, but the selvage is trimmed off.

I love that it opens nice and wide. However, I’m not loving the big gap in the sides at the top–if I were to travel with this bag full of makeup, a bunch of it would probably fall out of the bag in transit. So it will be used for big stuff that won’t slide through the gap, or for something not involving travel.

The bag is cleverly put together, but that last topstitching seam around the sides just about killed me! I had to re-do it about 4 times before I said “good enough!!!”.

I was also unable to get the lining to lie flat. This might have been my fault, but it drives me crazy when there is a puffy/saggy/droopy lining inside of a bag. I did trim a whole inch off the length of the lining (this might have been why the topstitching was so difficult) but that didn’t quite fix the lining. If I were to make this bag again, I would quilt the inner/outer panel so the lining didn’t puff up.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Size: Exactly as written in pattern
  • Zipper: 14″

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!

Feb 7

52 zippers #29: Easy Wonder clip bowl

2018-02-07T22:22:15+00:00 February 7th, 2018|

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 came across this cute little zipped bowl that is meant to hold Wonder clips. Yes, please! This is perfect for taking with me to retreat and for sitting on my sewing table and as a bonus is ridiculously cute. It has a circle bottom so it stands up and opens into a bowl, with super easy access to the contents. I had previously tried my Wonder clips in a dumpling bag, but the opening was annoying for that purpose.

I printed the template pieces at 80% size because I usually only need a dozen or so clips with me, not the whole package of 50. Also, I didn’t have a long enough zipper to make the full sized one.

I cannot overemphasize how cute this little bag is! 🙂

I used a pink zipper, but I changed the zipper pull to red.

For the exterior, I used an old Denyse Schmidt polkadot print. The lining is an Anna Maria Horner print.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Pattern, as written but printed at 80%.
  • Zipper: 12″

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!