About CrispyKristin

Quilter, pattern designer, and mother to three little troublemakers!
Apr 21

52 zippers #34: Wool felt cat mouth zipper pouch

2018-04-21T20:21:14+00:00 April 21st, 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.

In the past year or so, I have spent a lot of time browsing different zip pouches and have seen so many creative ideas. When I came across this series of photos, I absolutely had to make it as a coin pouch for my youngest son, who is cat-crazy. I had some wool on loan from a friend and my son picked this pretty blue and I got to work drafting a kitty outline. The technique is kind of like in this post here; it is dead easy because you don’t have to line a wool pouch–it doesn’t fray.

I had some safety eyes and noses leftover from many, many years ago when I used to make plush animals, but if I wouldn’t have had those, buttons and embroidery would have worked just as well for the eyes and nose. The pouch itself sewed up in about 15 minutes!

I added the whiskers right at the end–I just took super heavy black thread and rubbed some school glue along the length and let it dry to stiffen it.

As an extra bonus, I had a metal zipper on hand that I salvaged from a pair of Goodwill pants I cut up for quilt fabric that was exactly the right length. So pretty much everything about this pouch was free. Woohoo!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: about 4.75″ x 6.75″ unfinished.
  • Lining pieces: none.
  • Zipper: 5″

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Mar 22

52 zippers #33: Brigitte needles & notions zippered pouch

2018-03-22T18:00:14+00:00 March 22nd, 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 made the Brigitte needles & notions pouch using the free tutorial by Very Shannon. It’s a very cute little bag that I thought would be perfect to hold my two Addi-click interchangeable circular knitting needle sets. The cases that the sets come with are super bulky and I don’t really like them. They definitely are too big to travel with.

I thought that this one little case, that is about a third of the size of one of the Addi cases would easily hold both sets and I was right. There is even a lot of room to spare for a few sets of double-pointed needles if I’d like!

This pattern was easy to follow, worked up super quickly, and turned out great! The only change I made was to add a magnetic snap to the pocket flap instead of a sew-on snap and that required adding some fusible fleece to the inside of the flap as well. In hindsight, I wish I would have added two magnetic snaps (one at each corner), as the corners of the flaps bend up just a little. It’s not super noticeable, but it’s enough to bug me a bit.

I love how the side pocket just perfectly holds the cords.

For fabric, I used some scraps of canvas that I got from the free table at a guild meeting paired with some Sevenberry canvas polkadots. All in all, I love this case and I’m super happy with it!

Zipper bag specs:

  • Size: Exactly as written in the pattern

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Mar 16

52 zippers #32: Sleeping bag pouch

2018-03-16T22:14:30+00:00 March 16th, 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 made a zipper pouch for my youngest son to hold his colored pencils. I wanted something that would open wide enough to expose all of the pencils so he could see and choose colors easily instead of rooting around in a dark pouch.

I considered several pouches that fit the bill, but I chose this one because it a) looked super easy and b) I felt like making something easy and without Peltex, and c) the German name for this pattern is Schlafsäckchenmäppchen, which made me laugh. Hahaha! The pattern is a free pattern by Aylin-Nilya.

The outer fabric has cats, and dark blue, of course. Perfect for my cat-obsessed youngest. I lined it with an old favorite Denyse Schmidt print from her Chicopee line.

I had to actually order a zipper for this one–it takes an extra-long zipper (I bought a 28″ one) as you only use one side of the zipper and fold it in half. So I will very likely make another one of these pouches for my daughter, seeing as how I now have another half zipper ready to use.

All in all, I think this might have been the quickest pouch I’ve made to date. It definitely took me less than a half hour to sew! And it’s pretty cute! I was a little offput by the weird shape it has when it’s closed at first, but it turns out that bit that sticks up funny is the perfect place to grab the pouch and go.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Size: As written in tutorial, but added 1″ to length
  • Zipper: 28″

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Mar 9

52 zippers #31: Patchwork Sew together bag

2018-03-09T19:32:52+00:00 March 9th, 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’m about to start another quilt with Quilter’s grid interfacing, but before I start I wanted to do a test run of the two different brands of gridded interfacing–Pellon and Bosal. Quilter’s grid interfacing is a fantastic product that is a lightweight fusible interfacing with a very light grid pre-printed on it. It comes marked with your choice of 1″ squares, 2″ squares, or squares set on point. I chose the 1″ squares because it is the most flexible.

I made a watercolor quilt a few years ago with the Pellon brand Quilter’s grid. If you click over to that post, it also describes the process of using the grid a little better. I thought the Pellon worked quite well, but it was a little stiff until the quilt had been washed a few times (then it was fine). Then last year I made a first aid kit zipper pouch with it, where the stiffness was not ideal because I won’t be washing it a ton of times.

Anyway, I surfed Google images and came across this quilt by Red Pepper Quilts and decided to do something similar, but miniature. I was also in the mood to make something with my small stash of 1930’s-ish repro fabrics. I cut out a million 1″ squares with my Sizzix in about 20 minutes and then took the next few hours or so placing them on the quilter’s grid and fusing/sewing them. For the end pieces and binding I used a Kaufman chambray.

For the outer panel I used the Bosal grid, which is lighter in weight and has a softer drape than the Pellon. I’m torn as to whether I like the thin-ness better, because it made it so that the squares were not repositionable after fusing without shredding the interfacing. With the Pellon grid, you can reposition the squares after fusing if you’ve just done a light fuse. This does come in handy because it seems like there are always adjustments to be made–either because of the layout or because a square shifted slightly during fusing and needs straightening.

I think my conclusion is that I’d prefer Bosal for small projects that won’t be washed, but Pellon for quilts that can be washed, just because of the repositionability issue. (I don’t think that’s a word, but I’m going to leave it. Ha!)

Anyway, I knew from the start if I wanted to make the outer panel pattern symmetric, then the panel was going to come out at a slightly different size than what is required for the Sew Together bag. This actually caused a fair number of problems as I had to refigure the size of each of the other pieces as I went, and it didn’t always work the way I expected. The panel I made is about an inch longer and an inch narrower than the original. I think I like these new proportions a little bit better, and as a bonus the inner pockets are a little deeper.

I also decided to try using a purse zipper for the outer zipper and it worked pretty well! I like the double pulls.

All in all, even after all the frustrations with the sizing of the pieces, I’m pretty pleased with this one! I’m particularly pleased that I finally got to use this ridiculously cute deer print I got a few years ago. Yay!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Pattern pieces: Outer panel = about 1″ longer and 1″ narrower than original pattern
  • Outer zipper: By Annie’s purse zipper.

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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″

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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″

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Jan 26

52 zippers #28: Small Maker’s Tote

2018-01-26T18:48:28+00:00 January 26th, 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.

I’ve been wanting a larger tote to carry around my larger knitting or other projects. I’m testing a few different ones to see which is going to be the perfect one, though the reality is that I always have multiple projects on the go so this will let me have one bag for each so that I don’t have to swap projects out depending on my mood–I can just grab the right bag! Ha! This one is the Maker’s Tote by Noodlehead in the smaller size. I have the larger size cut out, too, so that is not too far behind!

So I thought I’d make a scrappy outer panel for this one. As it happens, in my scrap bin I have zip-top bags full of triangle trimmings from quilts I’ve made. I loved the Denyse Schmidt triangles from my Ring Toss quilt and so I decided to finally use them! It took a bit of math but I used most of them up. Yay! I quilted the panel with some fusible fleece before fusing it to some Pellon fusible foam. (To be totally real, I first quilted it to the foam and it looked absolutely hideous, so I ripped that out and re-quilted it to just the fleece).

 

I didn’t want to mess with putting a zipper or a pocket on the outside of the bag and disturbing the patchwork, so I omitted the pocket and moved the zipper to inside the bag.

The long main zipper I fought with a LOT and installed it about five different times, trying to get it to lie flat instead of wavy like in the photo. I eventually figured out that because I had used glue to baste the zipper in place and then ironed it, I actually shrunk the zipper tape so there was no way to get it to lie flat after that. Must be something about this kind of zipper because I always glue baste my regular zippers without issues. Lesson learned!

 

For the accent fabric I chose a Kaufman slub denim stripe. I totally love this fabric and I’ve used it a bunch of times! For the lining I used one of my all-time favorite Denyse Schmidt prints from her Sugar Creek line. It’s way out of print so it was really hard to cut into, but I want to enjoy it out and about instead of hoarding it forever…

 

I really like how this bag came out. The binding (and wavy zipper issue) were not easy, but otherwise it wasn’t too difficult. The only thing I’m having second thoughts about is having so much white on the outside of the bag–now I’m worried it will get dingy pretty quickly so I’ll have to take good care of this one and not put it down carelessly!

Zipper bag details:

  • Dimensions: Exactly as written in the Noodlehead Maker’s tote pattern, small size.

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Jan 19

52 zippers #27: Medium Creative Maker case

2018-01-19T18:08:15+00:00 January 19th, 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.

This pouch is my second run through a Creative Maker case, a pattern by Sew Sweetness. Last time I made three of the Small size for teacher’s gifts. This time I made one of the Medium size for myself!

I’ve been wanting a case for my quilting notebook and this fits ~perfectly~. My quilting book is a Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover A5 dotted notebook and it is absolutely fantastic for all my quilting lists, notes, ideas, and sketches. I have another one for my day-to-day Bullet journal but I needed one just for quilting stuff. 🙂

The covers are made with an old hoarded fabric, “Lush Uptown” by Erin Michael, paired with by Essex yarn-dyed linen in Olive.

The inside has more of the Essex, paired with an old favorite from Modern Quilt Studio (the Georgetown line). The binding on the mesh pocket is a fussy-cut bit of the Lush Uptown to maximize color.

I again made a few little changes when following the pattern… I omitted the Peltex inside the covers as I didn’t want the cover to be too stiff, and it seems just fine without it. I also changed the layout of the elastic loops a bit to fit the markers I wanted to put in here–so now it fits 22 of my favorite markers, Stabilo 68’s. I’m using the mesh pocket for the moment to hold a sketching pen (Pigma Micron 01), and plan to add a pencil and a ruler as well.

I used a ByAnnie’s purse zipper (color “Twilight”) and navy blue mesh. I found a warm gray ¼” elastic on Etsy for the pen loops.

I still have plans to make one of the large size for each of my kids to hold a sketchbook and colored pencils, but not this week! Ha!

Zipper pouch specs:
Size: Medium size of the Creative Maker case by Sew Sweetness.
Zipper: 30” double-pull purse zipper from By Annie’s in Twilight

Oct 4

52 zippers #26: Scissors cozy

2017-10-21T19:24:53+00:00 October 4th, 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.

I have a Quilting retreat coming up and I thought, what better time than to make these Scissors cozies that I’ve been eyeing over at Sotak handmade… Only problem was that I have different scissors, so her templates didn’t work for mine. I decided to just wing it and made my own templates based on the basic shape of hers by tracing about 1/2″ to 3/4″ all the way around each of the two pairs of scissors that I wanted to make cozies for.

I knew these would get a lot of use so I wanted to use some special fabric… This is Emma & Myrtle by Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts). I decided to do kind of a scrappy thing because that definitely fit the fabric. I made the patchwork panels and then cut the template shapes out from the panel. So cute!!

The larger case is definitely tight, so I maybe should have added more length to that template… But it still works.

I lined it with the large spool print that I think is my favorite of the bundle. And the coral zippers just gave the perfect pop of color.

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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″)

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