52 zippers project 2017-06-21T16:26:37+00:00

52 zippers project: All the zips!

In 2017 I have a few lofty goals. One of the bigger ones is to undertake a project I’m calling “52 zippers”: this year, every week I will sew a new zipper pouch and post about it. I have kind of the perfect storm of reasons for doing this–I have too many zippers, too many cute fabrics that I’m not using because I don’t want to cut them up, lots of fabric embellishment ideas that I want to try out but not on a whole quilt, and of course a lack of organization.

My other thought is that while I know many people have mastered zipper pouches, I think it is a common thing to fear the zipper. I’ve written up a set of basic lined zipper pouch instructions, which you can download for free! As the year goes on I will be adding more modifications and techniques to add to the simple zipper pouch. Look for more handouts to come! These handouts will be free for a limited time; at the end of the project I’ll be compiling all of the handouts into a comprehensive zipper pouch pattern.

Week 1: Plain zipper pouch for a deck of cards

Week 2: Pieced with a flange for EPP projects

Week 3: Reverse applique Liber-tea pouch with scrap zipper pull

Week 4: Snack bag with a PUL lining

Week 5: D-ring and wristlet strap coin pouch

Week 6: mini plus first aid pouch

Week 7: Dumpling pouch

Week 8: Small and mini dumpling pouches

Week 9: Cut up something that isn’t working

Week 10: use up UFOs or orphan blocks

Week 11: Mini clear vinyl pouches

Week 12: peek-a-boo pleats

Week 13: more peek-a-boo pleats

Week 14: tiny paper pieced pineapples

Week 15: Improv color study

Week 16: crayon challenge

Week 17: Becca bags

Week 18: waxed linen and silk cosmetic bag

Week 19: freezer paper stencil

Week 20: Rainbow selvage chevron

Week 21: Creative maker cases