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52 zippers #22: The Cube bag

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.

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52 zippers #21: Creative maker cases

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.

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52 zippers #20: fabric selvage chevron

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.

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52 zippers #19: freezer paper stencil

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.

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52 zippers #18: waxed linen and silk cosmetic bag

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.

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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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