About CrispyKristin

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

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.

See you back here next time with another zipper project!

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.

See you back here next time with another zip pouch!

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″

Jun 21

52 zippers #21: Creative maker cases

2017-09-07T20:32:56+00:00 June 21st, 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, you may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve missed the last few weeks of my zipper project. The last month has completely kicked my butt! I wear a Fitbit that tracks the amount I sleep and the last month+ has averaged out to about 5 hours a night. The last time I got two consecutive nights of 7+ hours of sleep in a row was the first week of May. Not good.

I’ve thought about trying to catch back up with the zippers, but with my kids out of school that’s pretty unlikely over the summer, and impossible for the next month. So I’ve decided I am still going to continue with 52 weeks of zippers, they just very likely won’t all land in 2017. I’ll work on the project until I have 52 zipper pouches, whenever that ends. Maybe I will catch up by the end of the year, though, who knows!

Anyway… These pouches are Creative Maker cases, a pattern by Sew Sweetness. These were my teacher’s gifts this year, and I got them done at 4am on the last day of school. Phew!

The covers are Essex linen in Natural, with a band of the lining fabric stitched on for an accent.

I made the smallest size. I made a few little changes when following the pattern… I was unable to get a piece of foam into the zipper loop so I used fusible fleece in there instead, before sewing it to the zipper. I also omitted the Peltex as I was just too tired, and wrangling a stiff piece of Peltex into the covers after 3am did not sound like it was going to be fun at all. I figured for the smallest size it was probably ok without it.

I used ByAnnie’s purse zippers, blue mesh, and blue foldover elastic. Using the foldover elastic to bind the mesh pockets worked pretty well. I love the colorful mesh! I’ve got a few more colors of it for a different project and I’m excited to play with it. I found a blue ¼” elastic on Etsy for the pen corral.

I filled the cases with a few Papermate Flair pens, which I think are a favorite of many teachers, and a package of post-it notes. I was going to find a little notebook to tuck into the back slip pocket but ran out of time. I tucked in a Target gift card instead. 🙂

I have plans to make one of the large size for each of my kids to hold a sketchbook and colored pencils, and the medium size for me to hold a quilty sketchbook and my fancy markers.

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

 

May 21

52 zippers #20: fabric selvage chevron

2017-09-07T20:33:48+00:00 May 21st, 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 wanted to play with an extremely small amount of my completely out of control selvage collection. I sewed two sets of strips onto 6″ fabric foundations at a 30 degree angle, making one the mirror image of the other, and with a matching rainbow gradation on each side. I used Roxanne Glue Baste-it to secure each selvage before I stitched it to the foundation to avoid shifting and I think it worked pretty well!

I have been wanting to make some bigger pouches so I added a couple of inches of this black Pearl Bracelet print by Lizzy House to the bottom to make it bigger. The reverse side is all the Pearl Bracelet print.

I also used another metal zipper because I am loving how the metal zippers look. I had ordered too many for a previous handbag project and I’ve almost run through them all already! I’ll have to order more soon.

I lined it with the same Pearl Bracelet print. I used up almost all of the fat quarter I had! Yay!

  • Outer piece: 11″ wide x 8″ tall.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 11″, teeth length: 10″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!