I love and hate zippers. I love zipper projects such as zippered pouches and zippered purses and long to make them. So I collect zippers and avoid doing anything with them. I did, that is, until I decided in March to challenge myself to make something with a zipper. The result was this Open Wide Zippered Pouch designed by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.
So I wouldn’t lose any momentum in my battle with zippers, I vowed to make something else with a zipper this month. This time I used the 15 Minute Zipper Pouch tutorial by Melissa of Melly Sews as a jumping off point for my own pieced version.
I started by designing and sewing a pieced front, then sewing the outer panels to the zipper.
Then I sewed the lining panels to the zipper.
I topstitched near the zipper, then sewed around the perimeter of the pouch, leaving an opening for turning.
After turning the pouch right-side out and poking out the corners, I closed the opening. Following a tip I saw online, I sewed the opening closed by fitting the pouch under my sewing machine’s foot and sewing the opening closed and sewing the lining down at the same time.
Although I still can’t get my zippers to look as nice and neat as the photos I see online, they at least look okay. I’ve got more to learn obviously! <grin> I don’t know if I can say I’m enamored of zippers, but at least I’m no longer intimidated by them.
One thing I have found out during my Zipper Adventure is just how handy my Clover Wonder Clips are. I’ve already found about 1,000 different uses for these things and holding a zipper in place while you sew it down makes it 1,001.
This project was on my Quarter 2 Finish Along List, so I get to check off my first completed project for this quarter. Woot!
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