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52 zippers #17: Becca bags

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.

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52 zippers #16: Crayon challenge

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. ūüôā We were allowed to add one additional fabric and I chose Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax.

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52 zippers #15: Improv color study

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 mystifies me. Her pieces all look fantastic but almost every individual color she uses is one I rarely reach for.

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52 zippers #14: mini paper pieced blocks

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!

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

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…

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52 zippers #12: peek-a-boo pleats

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…

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52 zippers #11: clear vinyl mini pouches

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.

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52 zippers #10: Use UFOs or orphan blocks

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 its wonkiness, it was not the effect I was going for…

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52 zippers #9: Cut up a UFO or block that isn’t working

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…

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52 zippers #7: Dumpling pouch

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.

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

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.

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52 Zippers #1: Basic lined zipper pouch instructions

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...

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UFO Saturdays 2016 recap

It's the end of the year and everyone is writing their year-end recaps and their goals for next year, so here goes! Next year I have three main goals as far as sewing and quilting goes. And they are pretty big ones! But go big or go home, right? I'm going to talk...

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How to make a big ironing board for quilting

A few years ago, I was getting really tired of ironing quilt tops with my regular ironing board. The kind with the tapered end is really not designed for quilters! I started googling things like "big ironing board" and came across this one, called simply "The Big...

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