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.

Several years ago I came across a super cute pattern for this apple or orange-shaped sewing kit. I started the apple immediately but it wasn’t turning out as I wanted so I abandoned it. Fast-forward to this year and I decided to give it another try, though this time I thought I’d do the orange instead of the apple.

I chose all Carolyn Friedlander prints in orange and cream. I love the fabrics together and how the orange looks when it’s open. The pincushion is filled with walnut shells and is super cute! I had an adorable little cream-colored vintage flower button that I used for the closure.

However, I’m not as big of a fan of the orange when it’s closed. The interior sections aren’t flat, so it is a little bulge-ey. I ‘m not really sure how to fix that—I tried cutting away the interfacing from the seams, putting in less walnut shell filling, and pressing with a heavy hand, but that only improved the finish so much. If I were to do it again, I would probably use no interfacing at all, at least in any seams and on the flat circle pieces.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Exactly as written in pattern, but without the leaf zipper pull.

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!