About CrispyKristin

Quilter, pattern designer, and mother to three little troublemakers!
Mar 19

52 zippers week 11: clear vinyl mini pouches

March 19th, 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 play with vinyl. I have a bunch of vinyl that isn’t doing anything but being in the way so I want to use most of it up! I also have a bunch of 6″ zippers that I want to use up because they’re too short to do much of anything. (I ordered the 6″ zippers back before I knew better–now I only buy 14″ and cut to size). Anyway, I searched for a small vinyl pouch tutorial and came across this one by Hungry Hippie Sews. The tutorial worked pretty well but I’ve got a couple of tips for you that would have made things a little easier. I also didn’t add the clip-on thing as I didn’t think I needed the clip for these.

I absolutely LOVE these and plan to make many more. A set of these is very likely going to be part of my kids’ teacher’s gifts this year too! They took less than 15 minutes each which is fantastic!

The best thing about these is that they use NO fabric! Such a timesaver as then the zippers didn’t need to match anything!

I wanted to make one of these for each of my kids, so they each chose a zipper. Then I decided to make things more interesting by swapping out the zipper pull on each of them to a contrasting color. This is pretty easy to do: cut off the bottom of the zipper just above the stop and slide the original pull off. Align both ends of the zipper and finesse them through the top of the new pull. It is fiddly and takes a minute, but it’s not too tricky. It helps to put the zipper down on a surface so you can hold down the two zipper ends while you slide the pull upwards. I had a set of extra zipper pulls from the last time I ordered from Zipit zippers that made swapping easy.

So, the tutorial doesn’t specify a weight of vinyl, and I used 16 gauge vinyl thinking the thicker the better. However, 16 gauge is pretty heavy and this was very awkward to turn right side out at the end. I think it took longer to turn right side out than it did to sew the entire pouch! If I were to make these again I’d try 12 gauge to compare. I do really like the heft of the pouch now that it’s done though.

The tutorial didn’t mention using Wonder clips when sewing the zipper to the vinyl, but those were totally necessary. I also lengthened my stitch length to 3mm. A long stitch length makes fewer holes in the vinyl which makes it less prone to ripping.

The other thing is that when I trimmed my zipper ends, they started to fray loose threads into the pouch, which was not going to do at all. So I’d suggest using some fray-stop liquid, burning the ends, or sewing a zigzag stitch over that bit before turning the pouch.

I automatically backstitched a couple of times overtop of the zipper when sewing the side seams, and I’m glad I did because I’m pretty certain the stitches would have ripped while turning if I hadn’t.

My kids plan to fill these with tiny treasures but they would also make fantastic notions pouches! The next ones I make will be with 12 gauge vinyl and I might try making them a wee bit smaller. 🙂

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: one piece of 16 gauge vinyl, cut 4″ x 8″.
  • Lining pieces: none
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 4″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 12

52 zippers week 10: Use UFOs or orphan blocks

March 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to find a use for a miniature log cabin block I made last week. This was my first attempt at a micro log cabin and I tried not squaring up the block after each round. While the block is charming in it’s wonkiness, it was not the effect I was going for and so I wasn’t going to use it in my project. However, it was still super cute and I wanted to find a purpose for it!

I bordered the block with some lightweight denim to frame it and extend the size a little bit. I didn’t add batting but added some quilting lines for added interest. If I would have not run out of time, I might have hand quilted some lines in different colors. Maybe next time!

I lined it with this cute Heather Ross butterfly print.

This is the perfect size for a coin purse so that is what I’ll be using it for!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Orphan block, built up with borders to 4″ x 5.5, plus one plain piece of denim 4″ x 5.5″. Interfaced with Pellon SF-101.
  • Lining pieces (2): 4″ x 5.5″
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 5.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Mar 12

52 zippers week 9: Cut up a block that isn’t working

March 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make something very quick and easy again. I took a week-long workshop with Gwen Marston on Madeline Island last October and in the past week or so I’ve been working on finishing up the things I started in class. There was one mini that I really didn’t ever like from the start (it was my first one of the week) and I decided that while I loved the little star section, I didn’t like the rest of it at all. It was just too busy and chaotic. So I cut it up (!) and saved the best part to put into a zipper pouch.

I bordered the block with some lightweight denim to frame it a little bit.

I lined it with this cute Cotton and Steel coin purse print.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with this one quite yet, but it has sentimental value so I will probably use it for something special!

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Orphan block, built up with borders to 6.5″ square, plus one plain piece of denim 6.5″ square. Interfaced with Pellon SF-101.
  • Lining pieces (2): 6.5″ square
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 6.5″ cut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 21

52 zippers week 8: small and mini dumpling pouches

February 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.

For this week’s zipper pouches, I wanted to make something very quick and easy. I’m leaving for QuiltCon suuuuper early tomorrow so I had to make these up before I left! Last week I made a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns, and I made the larger size (the mustang one, pictured below, for size reference). This week I made the mini one! And an even mini-er one!

I will give you one tip for these smaller ones: basting glue for the zipper was essential. I can’t imagine trying to sew those tiny curved seams with the zipper shifting around!

For the outside of the small one I used Anna Maria Horner’s Echinacea from Pretty Potent.

I lined it with Jennifer Sampou’s Shimmer.

For the outside of the itty bitty baby one (so ridiculous!) I used Mini Muu Little Birds by Lecien. I shrunk the smaller dumpling pattern to 75% of the size when printing. I’m tempted to try an even smaller one!

And I lined it with Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Good Neighbors.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): Used the template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pellon SF-101). For the small one, I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a flower standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, Pelon SF-101
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 10″, 12″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 18

52 zippers week 7: Dumpling pouch

February 18th, 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 make something very quick and easy. I’m headed to QuiltCon next week and I haven’t started getting ready yet. Eeek! So I chose something easy from my zipper pouch Pinterest board, a dumpling bag. It’s a free tutorial from Michelle Patterns. It was super quick and easy–I think I was done in less than an hour, including choosing the fabric! My only regret is that I didn’t quilt the outer pieces. They are a little puffy and I think that quilting them would have lent them a nicer finish. I chose to start with the larger size, but next week I’m thinking I’ll make the smaller one.

I used this Mustang fabric from Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel that is a favorite. I cut two outer pieces instead of one so both horses would be upright (described more below).

I lined it with more Melody Miller/Cotton + Steel from the same Mustang line called Rose Border.

I’m not totally sure that this will be the final use of this pouch, but for now it’s holding my Clover Wonder Clips. I like that the pouch opens really wide so I can just reach in while it’s sitting open on the table.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): used template, backed with fusible fleece. I used a directional fabric, so instead of cutting out the template on the fold, I added 1/4″ to the “fold” edge and cut two pieces, both with a horse standing up instead of upside down. I sewed those two pieces together and then proceeded with the tutorial.
  • Lining pieces (1): used template, backed with fusible woven interfacing (Pelon SF-101)
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 14″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 12

52 zippers week 6: mini plus quilt using Quilter’s grid interfacing

February 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make a mini first aid pouch that I can throw in my everyday bag. Of course my mind first went to a plus quilt. I decided to do all low volume fabrics with just one red plus on each side, and of course a red zipper! I used Kona Tomato for the red plus, which matches the red zipper just about perfectly.

I pieced these teeny squares without going insane by using Quilter’s grid. Quilter’s grid is a lightweight interfacing with a pale 1″ grid drawn on it. I talk more about how to use it in an old post where I made a watercolor quilt from several years ago. The nice thing about the grid is that you’re not limited to 1″ squares. You can also use 2″ or any size square and just use the grid to keep things aligned. I totally want to make a whole quilt of this! But probably using bigger squares…

I backed the plus panels with some fusible fleece because the back was very stiff from all the seams and would have made the lining weird.

I lined it with this red and white plus fabric from Anne Kelle’s Remix line from Robert Kaufman.

The pouch is definitely on the petite size, but it’s perfect for holding a few pieces of gauze, a few bandaids, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, and Benzalkonium chloride wipes. I use these wipes instead of one of the various antiseptic sprays or foams in my portable first aid kits because I have had them leak so.many.times. I get them on Amazon.com; they’re $5 for 100. They are sting-free, which makes everyone happy.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer panels, pieced with Quilter’s grid interfacing and backed with fusible fleece (Pellon 971) after piecing (2): 6.5″ w x 5.5″ h. Little squares were 1″ cut, 1/2″ finished.
  • Quilter’s grid interfacing (cut): 12″ w x 10″ h
  • Lining pieces (2): 6.5″ w x 5.5″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper: 6.5″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Feb 5

52 zippers week 5: adding a D-ring and wristlet strap

February 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.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I wanted to make a small pouch that my daughter could use for her money. She (and I) love bunnies so I included a fussy-cut strip of Mochi by Rashida Coleman-Hale/Cotton + Steel. I decided to just use a strip of it instead of making the whole pouch out of it so as to put the focus on just a few bunnies. That way there is a lovely row of perfect bunnies and moons, instead of a bunch of half-moons at the edges. The lining is the same Mochi print. The blue is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Peacock.

Like last week, I added a D-ring, and this week I also added a small strap, called a wristlet strap. Both of these are very easy and cute additions, and I’ve written up another handout to show you how! Download it here, free for a limited time.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces, interfaced with woven fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101):
    • (2 top): 6″ w x 2.5″ h,
    • (2 fussy cut strips): 6″ w x 1.75″ h,
    • (2 bottom): 6″ x 1.25″
  • Lining pieces (2): 6″ w x 4.5″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • D-ring: 5/8″
  • D-ring tab: 2.5″ x 2″
  • Swivel clip: 5/8″
  • Swivel clip strap: 2.5″ x 12″
  • Zipper: 6″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Jan 28

52 zippers week 4: sewing a snack bag with PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)

January 28th, 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 make something fancy, but my parents are in town and I totally ran out of time. So, instead I sewed a snack bag with Cotton + Steel/Rashida Coleman-Hale’s “Petite Plus” fabric on the outside, and a black and white chevron PUL fabric for lining that I got from Jo-ann Fabrics (regular price $14.99 a yard, found in the button aisle). I plan to make similar snack bags for each member of the family, just with different exterior fabrics. My daughter is already bugging me to sew hers!

If you aren’t familiar with PUL fabric, it is a cotton fabric that is laminated on the “wrong” or reverse side with a polyurethane. This makes it mostly waterproof, except at the seams of course, unless you sew french seams. I’m not terribly concerned about the pouch being completely waterproof as I don’t plan to fill it with things like applesauce (ew, and ha!) but I wanted it to be water resistant so I could put things like grapes inside. The PUL is in theory much safer to put next to food than other water-resistant fabrics like oilcloth or laminates.

I’ve read a bunch about making snack bags out of PUL online but I’d never felt the fabric in person. It is quite soft and has a very drapey hand–it’s not stiff at all. It is thicker than a quilting cotton, and has a little stretch to it. It was relatively easy to sew with, except it was a little slippery. I used Clover Wonder Clips to keep it from being too shifty. I didn’t have any problems with the laminated side sticking while sewing and causing stitch problems, but if you do, I suggest using a Teflon presser foot on your machine, similar to how you’d sew with vinyl. I didn’t find myself being terribly careful with the iron, but I did always iron it on the cotton side, not on the laminated side.

For this zip pouch I also added a small D-ring so it could be clipped to a backpack, and it’s a little easier for my kids to open with something to hold onto. Next week I plan to have another handout sheet including the D-ring addition and a wristlet strap. So stay tuned!

I used a very pale pink zipper and a little piece of Kona Pearl Pink for the D-ring tab that matched the zipper perfectly.

I also used a 6″ zipper with no tabs and no trimming. The pouch turned out to have pretty dented corners, but I’m ok with that this week. I’m looking forward to keeping this in my handbag with a snack as I often leave the house forgetting to bring food with me.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): 6.5″ w x 6.5″ h, interfaced with woven fusible interfacing (Pellon SF-101)
  • Lining pieces (PUL)  (2): 6.5″ w x 6.5″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • D-ring: 3/4″
  • D-ring tab: 2.75″ x 2″
  • Zipper: 6″, uncut

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Jan 19

52 zippers week 3: Reverse applique letters and scrap fabric zipper pull

January 19th, 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 make a pouch out of Liberty Tana Lawn. I also have been wanting to make a mini pouch to hold a few tea bags in my handbag. I love having a few packets of peppermint tea with me just in case, and the plastic zip-top bag I keep them in right now is ugly. So the idea for a Liber-tea pouch was born. (Ha! I usually don’t like puns but I find this one amusing).

I used the font “Berlin Sans FB” at 120 pt. for the letters. I reverse appliqued them using the freezer paper technique, but using a much smaller seam allowance and starch to make it more secure. (Trace the letters onto freezer paper, cut them out, iron the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric, snip the fabric within the letters & clip the curves right to the edge, and then tack down the snips: brush the snips with starch and set them over the edge with a stiletto and my Clover mini iron.) I hand stitched around the edges of each letter to tack them down, and I embroidered the letter centers with a bit of cream thread.

I will say that this was extremely putzy and fiddly and probably took me close to two hours. If you’re not a putzy person, I would not recommend doing it this way! I would just embroider the letters, or do a freezer paper stencil combined with fabric paint.

I didn’t put zipper tabs on this pouch because I find that on little pouches, the tabs take up too much of the zipper, which would make me have to make the whole pouch larger. I am testing a new zipper method and I still don’t have it perfected, but I hope to be done prototyping soon and will post instructions when I have it down.

I lined this pouch with a bit of indigo linen. I had a tiny sliver of the beautiful Liberty fabric left over and I used it to make a zipper pull. It is just a strip about 1/4″ x 4″, put through the zipper with a lark’s head knot. The edges are still raw, and frayed a little at first but have mostly stopped now.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): 5″ w x 4″ h
  • Lining pieces (2): 5″ w x 4″ h
  • Zipper tabs : none
  • Zipper pull (approximately): 1/4″ x 4″
  • Zipper teeth length, including bottom stop: 4.25″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!

Jan 13

52 Zippers week 2: How to add a flange to your piecing

January 13th, 2017|

If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory here. In my previous post there are instructions on how to make a basic zipper pouch.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I decided to use this super cute cat print that I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. I bought it months ago, but I obviously couldn’t cut it up into small pieces! It’s Sushi’s Antiques in Navy. The line is From Porto with Love by Sarah Watts/Cotton + Steel.

This bag I made to fit 8″ x 8″ zip-top bags or quart sized zip-top bags. I use these bags to kit up small EPP and hand piecing projects. I am trying to kit up several projects for the summer over the next few months; this pouch will be a great place to stow them.

I only had a fat quarter of the cat fabric, and when I cut the fat quarter into quarters, the bag was not quite long enough. So I added a 2.5″ strip of Essex yarn-dyed linen in Denim to the bottom. I wanted to use this lovely royal blue zipper and thought that adding a little accent of the same royal blue (Kona Surf) to the body of the bag would look good. I lined the bag with a little blue calico print.

I am testing a new zipper method so I only added a zipper tab to one end. I hope to be done prototyping soon and will post instructions when I have it down.

To add a flange, I cut a 3/4″ strip of Kona Surf. I folded it in half and pressed it, and then glue basted it to the top edge of the Essex strip, lining up all the raw edges. I then lined up the cat fabric on top of that just as if I was piecing it normally, right sides together with the Essex and raw edges aligned. After stitching all the layers together with a 1/4″ seam I pressed the seam towards the cat fabric and then topstitched near the edge of the cat fabric.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces (2): Cats: 11″ w x 9″ h, Flange: 11″ w x 0.75″ h, Linen: 11″ w x 2.5″ h.
  • Lining pieces (2): 11″ x 11″
  • Zipper tabs (2): 1.5″ x 2″
  • Zipper length: (if you’re using two tabs) 9.75″

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!