I'm on a roll making zippered pouches. It's very satisfying and becoming quite addictive. I don't think a girl can have too many.
Choosing fabrics was very easy for this one, as I used a recently purchased a fat quarter bundle, with all fabrics from the same fabric line ~ Figures, by Zen Chick, for Moda Fabrics.
Co-ordinating fabrics is not something that comes naturally to me, but with practise it is getting easier. By using fabrics from the same line I knew there would be fewer difficulties, as much of the work has already been done. Having said that, I still played for quite a while with the 16 fabrics in the fat quarter bundle.
I ended up sticking to just two background colours and arranging them by alternating light and dark. As well as the colours, the busyness of the prints came into play. As they're all basically line drawings, no one fabric overpowered the rest.
During January, I asked for reader comments on why some of my fabric combinations had worked and others had not. I learnt a lot from those comments. The Colorful Fabriholic mentioned contrast, colour values and suggested taking a black and white photograph of the fabrics...
And so I changed one of my photos to black and white. I know I should have taken the photo before I cut the fabric, but I was fairly confident this combo would work. With the black and white photo, I can more readily see the dark / light contrast. Without the colour, the actual prints on the fabric are more apparent. I am going to use this tip in the future, especially if I'm pulling random fabrics from my stash.
The zipper is added using the open wide zippered pouch tutorial. The construction is such that it works beautifully every time. And I've used this method many times now.
Apart from the white strip at the top, the pouch is made from one piece of quilt as you go fabric, so there's no seam across the bottom.
I've since made a second pouch the same way and have taken some photos along the way, so when I post about that pouch I'll give you the dimensions and show you how I constructed the fabric.
You can see that I've taken the photo above at a different time. It's amazing how different lights affect a photo. I have so much to learn about taking photos.
I'd love to keep this project for me, but it's a present, so I made a drawstring gift bag from the same line of fabric - two gifts in one. You might recognise the fabric as being the same as in the Sand & Sidewalk Boardshorts. 16 fat quarters is actually quite a lot of fabric, so there's plenty left to make something for me.
Do you like to experiment with fabrics, or do you prefer to play it safe and stick to curated bundles?