Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Quilted Open Wide Zippered Pouch!

I have the biggest fear of sewing zippers, I don't know why but I do, I generally shy away from any pattern that includes a zip!! But if I want to learn to sew many different things I must try to become friends with them.... right??

So, to cut a long story short, Simone from simonelovesquilts posted a gorgeous Open Wide Zipper Pouch the other day on her Instagram using Bonnie & Camille's new fabric range Handmade, it was so lovely I knew instantly I had to make one!! I followed the tutorial by Anna at Noodlehead, & I decided to make the lager size.

I had some scrap pieces of Handmade left over from cutting out my Kindred quilt, & they were perfect for this project. I decided to use the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in Shadow as my base contrast, so I needed two pieces for the top half of my pouch, my scrap pieces were 2" x 3" which worked out really well as my top contrast pieces needed to be 5.5" x 14".

After I made these I decided I wanted it slightly taller so my EPP I am working on would fit into it. I did have some more Handmade scraps but I am saving those for another project ;)

So I added a strip of the Vintage Picnic Dots.

Instead of adding interfacing I decided to quilt my panels, it didn't bother me at the time that they wouldn't be stiff enough to stand upright. I went with just a simple straight-line quilting down to the grey panel.

After I did this though I realised that since I made it taller it definitely needed some interfacing to help keep it's form, so I did add that to the back of the batting, I really should have added it before, lesson learnt!!

Next up was attaching both the exterior & lining pieces to the zipper, it really wasn't as bad as I was imagining (I always worry way more than I should) & as you can see it turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!!! (sorry for the poor picture quality)

Simone had added some of the Moda ribbon to her bag between the top & bottom pieces which I loved, but instead of copying her I decided to use a small piece in the side of my bag to use as ... something, decorative, to carry it, I don't really know LOL!!

TA-DAH!! It turned out pretty good I think, my side seams don't match up though, DOH! on either side, I was having so much trouble with my machine yesterday that when I finally got it sewing well enough to finish this I totally forgot to make sure they were matched up when I was sewing my side pieces together. Another lesson learnt!

And it was even the right size for my EPP!! YAY!!

Sheena - 1 Zipper - 0