About CrispyKristin

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

52 zippers week 21:

2017-06-21T16:29:21+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 week 20: fabric selvage chevron

2017-05-21T21:43:08+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!

May 15

52 zippers week 19: freezer paper stencil

2017-05-15T02:29:02+00:00 May 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.

So this week I wanted to try something a little more graphic. I decided to try a freezer paper stencil of a Boston Terrier as a panel on the front of a pouch. I did the stencil on Essex Linen in Flax using Jacquard fabric paint. I am terrible at drawing so I got the clipart from Google images. The eyes were more than a little putzy but I think overall it turned out really well! I did the stencil on a larger piece of linen before I cut it out for the pouch.

I made a matching back panel and I quilted it with some dark gray thread just to add a little more interest.

I lined it with this super fun Tula Pink print. I also used another metal zipper because I am loving how sharp the metal zippers look.

  • Outer piece: 10″ wide x 6.25″ tall.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9″, teeth length: 8″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

May 15

52 zippers week 18: waxed linen and silk cosmetic bag

2017-05-15T02:23:07+00:00 May 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.

So this week I decided to use a small scrap of this beautiful black/white/color speck fabric that I got at the Textile Center garage sale a few weeks ago. I think it was only $1-2. Based on how ridiculously soft it is I’m guessing it’s silk. I combined it with some black linen from a thrifted shirt. I added a tiny turquoise flange for a pop of color between the two. I backed the outer pieces with fusible fleece and quilted it all over with a 30 degree diamond pattern, set 1″ apart. I love this pouch–it’s the perfect size for a few necessities.

The linen was pretty floppy so I thought I’d try waxing it with Otter fabric wax as I’ve never tried waxing fabric before. So I found that the linen didn’t change much in appearance after waxing–as soon as I ironed it all the wax melted into the fibers–but it changed the hand of the fabric considerably. It made it really nice and firm and solid, but not too stiff. I really like the effect! It made it so that the bag stands up nicely. I waxed it before sewing and it only took about 10 extra minutes.

I lined it with a favorite Denyse Schmidt print, and I used a metal zipper. This was my first time shortening a metal zipper. While it wasn’t hard, I will say if you use pliers to snip the teeth off, wear safety glasses!! The tiny teeth zinged off in all different directions and a few did hit me in the face.

  • Outer piece: 9.5″ wide x 8″ tall.
  • Corner boxes: 1″ square.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″, teeth length: 8.5″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

May 7

52 zippers week 17: Becca bags

2017-05-07T21:09:14+00:00 May 7th, 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 thought I’d try making some Becca Bags by Lazy Girl designs. My daughter needed a toiletry bag big enough to hold a hairbrush and a bottle of spray detangler, and then I thought making a tiny matching bag to hold her hair ties and barrettes would be super cute.

My daughter picked all the fabrics (no one was surprised that bunnies were chosen). The outer panel is a Mochi print by Cotton + Steel and some cute blue polkadots (Arctic Girl by Small Factory/Studio E). The lining is a mystery green leafy print that I got off the free table at a guild meeting. I made the bigger one bigger than the large bag in the pattern and the smaller one smaller than the small bag.

So overall I thought the pattern was easy enough to follow, but I was not entirely happy about the raw edges inside the bag at the end. I modified the last few steps to sew the outer panel right sides together and then the lining right sides together, leaving an opening for turning, similar to how I do in my basic zipper pouch instructions. It worked just fine and the result was a bag with a cute, stay-open shape but with no raw edges. Yay!

  • Outer piece: Large: 25″ wide x 8″ high, Small: 10″ wide x 5″ high. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: Large: 26″ cut, Small: 11″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 24

52 zippers week 16: Crayon challenge

2017-04-24T00:43:32+00:00 April 24th, 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 the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild had a crayon challenge that was due last week. The colors I drew were really not my thing but I figured I shouldn’t bail, so I made a zipper pouch with my colors, killing two birds with one stone. 🙂 We were allowed to add one additional fabric and I chose Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax.

I am intrigued by how the improv triangles worked out. I think I’m going to try this again in white, grays, and blacks, and making the triangles narrower and more plentiful so it looks even more like birch trees.

I lined it with an Alison Glass Sunprint 2016 called Endpaper.

No one in my house is a big fan of purple so I’m giving this pouch to a friend that has a purple-crazed daughter. 🙂 I’m so glad it’s going to go to a good home!

  • Outer pieces: 9.5″ wide x 8.5″ high. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 16

52 zippers week 15: Improv color study

2017-04-16T19:28:33+00:00 April 16th, 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to do something to really stretch out of my comfort zone, color-wise. I am a huge fan of Gwen Marston (who isn’t, really?) but her color palette mystefies me. Her pieces all look fantastic but almost every individual color she uses is one I rarely reach for. I thought this was worth more thinking about and playing with for sure. So I chose one of her sketches from her book “37 Sketches”, and tried to replicate it, both in specific color choice and placement, as a learning experience. I figure painters often learn by copying the masters, so why shouldn’t quilters?

Gwen’s original “Small Study 26” from the book “37 Sketches”.

The panel was coming out way larger than I was planning to make the zip pouch (I blame late night planning and math skills. Or lack thereof. Ha!), so I only made part of the sketch. I started with 2.5″ strips of solids, when I think I should have used 1.75″ strips.

Even this partial sketch was seeming bigger than I wanted so I cut the panel in half and used one half on each of the front and back panels of the pouch.

Pouch front

I bordered the panels with Essex yarn-dyed linen in Espresso. Both to frame the piece and because the side and top seams would have been crazy bulky and lumpy if I hadn’t.

Pouch back

I lined it with a Carolyn Friedlander print from Doe called Breeze.

  • Outer pieces: Entire improv panel before cutting in half: 8″ high x 11″ wide. Linen border strips: 1.5″ cut. Backed with fusible fleece.
  • Lining pieces: Cut to same size as exterior panels, about 7″ high x 9.5″ wide.
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 7

52 zippers week 14: mini paper pieced blocks

2017-04-07T20:43:00+00:00 April 7th, 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to do something really cute and fun! I had seen the Tiny Toffee paper pieced patterns before, but I don’t do a lot of hexies so I hadn’t tried them out yet. This week when I was browsing Etsy for a paper piecing pattern I came across them again and when I saw the tiny pineapple I squealed! I figured it would be easy to just extend the background pieces into a square instead of a hexagon and it was.

I had fun picking out 5 different yellows and 15 different greens (yes, I am so ridiculous that each pineapple leaf is a different fabric). I waffled over the background fabric an awful lot because I wanted something warm, because gray dulled the pineapples, and anything even slightly dark made the leaves vanish unless I went to almost black, which ruined the cheery feel of the pineapples. I settled on an off-white print with yellowish lines on it.

My favorite pineapple is the leftmost one. The yellow is a Denyse Schmidt print from Eastham.

The top fabric on the front panel is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax, and the bottom strips are two of Carolyn Friedlander’s prints. The blue is an Architextures, and the green, which might be one of my favorite Carolyn Friedlander prints ever, is from Carkai named Geo. It seems kind of pineapple-ey, even though it’s green.

I made a coordinating back panel with the same Carolyn Friedlander prints at the bottom.

I lined it with the green Geo. I love it! It’s just such a happy pouch.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Entire panel: 6″ x 9″. Lower green strip: 1.5″ x 9″ (unfinished). Blue strip: 1″ x 9″ (unfinished). Pineapples: 2″ x 9″ (sewn side to side, unfinished top and bottom). Top strip: 3″ x 9″ (unfinished).
  • Lining pieces: 6″ x 9″
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 9″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Apr 2

52 zippers week 13: more peek-a-boo pleats!

2017-04-02T21:33:04+00:00 April 2nd, 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I decided I wanted to try some peek-a-boo pleats again. I wasn’t super pleased with last week’s attempt so I tried again today! I think I need maybe another iteration before I’m satisfied, but this week’s is better than last, so at least I’m moving in the right direction.

This week the outer fabric is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax and some old Anna Maria Horner voile. The size of the scrap determined the height of the pouch.

I made panels for both the front and the back, and for one I cut it down a bit and added a strip of linen between the panel and the zipper. I sewed the other panel directly to the zipper. I think I much prefer having that narrow strip at the top to give it some breathing room from the zipper.

I didn’t use any interfacing as I didn’t want the pleats to be strangely stiff. For lining I used this lovely blue floral.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Front and back panels pieced together: 4 center linen background pieces were  4″ high and 1.25″ wide at the top and 0.875″ wide at the bottom. Outer linen pieces were 4″ high, 2″ wide at the top and 1.75″ wide at the bottom. The voile floral strips (5) were 4″ high by 1″ wide.
  • Lining pieces: Layered front panel on top of lining and cut to match
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: about 5.5″ cut, measured against final outer panel width.

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 26

52 zippers week 12: peek-a-boo pleats

2017-03-26T23:01:57+00:00 March 26th, 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I decided I wanted to try some peek-a-boo pleats. I can’t say I’m pleased at all with the results, but because I left making the pouch until the last day of the week I don’t have time to remake it today. So this will be my project next week, too. I am determined to make it right!

The pleats themselves I think look ok, but the pouch came out such an awkward size and shape. I am still trying to think through different ways to change that. It will be a fun experiment this week! 🙂

I used a navy linen on the outside, and the peek-a-boo pleats and lining are from Robert Kaufman’s London Calling lawn. I didn’t use any interfacing as I didn’t want the pleats to be strangely stiff. For the top of the pleats I folded the linen to meet at the center of the lawn strips, and for the bottom of the pleats I tucked the lawn under about 1/8″.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Front and back panels pieced together with 1.5″ x 3″ strips, to make 7.5″ w x 3″ h panels before folding. After folding, the top was approximately 4.5″ wide, and the bottom was approximately 5.5″ wide.
  • Lining pieces: Layered front panel on top of lining and cut to match
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 4.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!