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Zippered Pouch

Its almost back to school time! I am happy with how our holidays went this year.

I finished one zippered pouch. J wanted one to put knick knacks in. I’m in love with the post card fabric and Essex Linen fabric.

I think they both go well together.

With each bag I sew, I’m learning a new thing. Like for instances , with this bag, I learnt to pay more attention to the zipper tab I’m using. I added a little shoe charm zipper pull as the zipper I got was a lock type short one which I did not know when I purchased it.

It has always been my dream to embroider on Linen and using linen embroidery thread from DMC, I did a little freestyle stitchery because I was not able to transfer my design using carbon paper.

Right after I finished making this pouch J wanted me to make him a smaller pouch with just the linen fabric .

He gave me the specifics  about the size and the features , he wanted in his pouch, like a  little pocket to keep his cards

 and also a zipper pouch for change.

After working on the previous pouch, I kind of made up as I went along. I should have searched up for tutorials but with busy days, I did not have much time for that.I have a lot of practice to insert a zipper pocket. But the fear of adding a zipper pocket is gone. One step forward Yay!

I  added the same stitchery ‘ Begin each day with a grateful heart ‘to this pouch.

It is a simple design I drew after I decided that Grateful was going to be my word for the year.

To accept the good and the bad things with a grateful heart. Because I believe that God is in control always and makes all things to work together for good, for his children.

I’m thrilled  to see J carry it around with him everywhere.

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Zippered Pouch : quick and easy

As the days get longer and longer, day breaking at around 5.30 am and stretching late into 9.00 pm,  knitting and crochet have taken the back seat

 I’m on the sewing machine a lot more than usual these days.

Fabric selection and cutting, the two things that really threw me off sewing in the first place, don’t seem as daunting for me . I’m not sure if it is getting comfortable with time or the fact that I can walk into a fabric store and get help with fabric selection etc. It could be a combination of both.

Anyway, I found this gorgeous mint with gold cross cotton and steel fabric online a while back , didn’t have any plans for it when I got it.

I needed a pencil pouch , I’d been dying to make a zippered pouch, I found the perfect lining and zipper , with gold metal zip, like I wanted.It seemed like the stars had aligned when I found this pattern and tutorial at The Busy Bean.

Trying to sew a combination of a iron on batting as interfacing and metal zipper was indeed a wee bit nerve racking , but I  plodded on .

small sewing projects  are so gratifying and fun !

 

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Zippered pouches

Lil B can be quite the slave driver when his mind is set on something he wants me to make.

It would always start as Can you please make me a ….?’ The minute I say yes , I’m on a slippery slop. I have start right away , will have no control over anything
Right from fabric choice, to having the finished product in his hands, he’d sit with me from start to finish , asking me how It’s coming along ,can he be of any help etc etc
Once it’s done, it will be immediately put to use and feedback given .
Gosh I love this child ! It’s just so hard working for him!

I had long wanted to try sewing Hue Loco’s holiday project bag and this was the perfect opportunity to try it. Being clueless about interfacing, I picked out different varieties and decided to try and find out which one I liked better.
This particular has a very stiff interfacing
He  didnot want two different fabrics on the outside and so I used the measurements for the lining on the outside as well. And it worked without a problem.
Encouraged by the success of the first pouch, I tried another one with the same measurement but with on iron on quilt like interfacing

I like this quilt batting like interfacing better than the stiffer one as its softer on the hands and gives body and stability too to the bag.

Not just for the interfacing I used but also Kaffe Fasset fabrics I used.