Last week I whipped up a few zippered pouches and I'm really happy with how they turned out. Initially I thought I'd make one for a friend who could do with some cheering up, but why make one when you can make five?
With the exception of the solid black cotton, all the fabric was given to me by a friend who was de-stashing. How lucky am I that others want to get rid of gorgeous fabric. At the time I had no idea what I'd do with three small pieces of linen. I'm pretty sure it's linen - if not, it has the same look and feel.
I knew that one day the perfect project would present itself, and of course, it did!
I'm acquiring quite a collection of text fabric. There's just something about it that I LOVE. Funny thing is, I've hardly sewn any of it. This was the perfect project to cut into some lovely inspirational text fabric - Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket for moda.
My friend commented how she loved the lining with the encouraging words. That totally made my day!!!
So as not to waste any fabric, I cut the bird fabric into four rectangles - 6¾' x 7½", then did the same for the nest fabric - enough for two bags in each fabric. And that's how I determined the size of the bags. The finished size ended up at 6" x 7" x 1½" (w x h x d).
The construction for adding the black strip follows my Quilt As You Go Fabric for a Zippered Pouch, but without the quilting and this one is done as two pieces of fabric instead of one.
As I so often do, the zipper is added using the same method as the open wide zippered pouch tutorial. I no longer need to refer to the tutorial, but it's where I learnt this technique.
I'm well on the way to having an organised and stress free lead up to the festive season. And there'll be no guilt if I choose to buy instead of make. How about you? Are your plans starting to take shape?
In case you're wondering why there's only three bags in the cream fabric, the photos were taken after I'd given away the first bag.
The fifth bag is slightly larger - 8" x 7" x 2", and is constructed using the same method, but with wider boxed corners.
Making multiples of the same project, really does help to maximise sewing time, especially if it's using the same fabric. Everything is cut at the one time, and then I sew assembly line style - the same step on each bag and then move to the next step on all.
As at least two of these bags will be given as gifts this Christmas, I'll be adding them to Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew, on the 18th of this month. Fiona has hosted monthly link ups this year, in the hopes that we will have less stress come Christmas / holiday time. I'm definitely ahead of last year.
I'll also be joining in with Bag It, at Elm Street Quilts. Throughout November, Patty will be sharing tutorials and tips for making different bags and pouches, perfect for gift giving. There's some great sponsor prizes for both link ups.
And, of course, these bags will be joining the 266 bags in the Purses, Clutches & Pouches link party, here at Threading My Way.