Another Christmas present finished!!! I just adore this one. I'm not musically inclined in any way, but it's the combination of fabrics that make this little zippered pouch.
Unlike most of my zippered pouches, I didn't use fabric from my stash, as there's no music themed fabric in amongst the growing piles of offcuts in my sewing room. The lining first caught my eye, sitting on the sale items table outside my local quilt store.
I picked up the sale fabric in a red colour way and then proceeded to try and match up other music themed fabric to the red sale fabric. Thankfully, one of the shop assistants came to my rescue. She swapped the red for the yellow lining, and matched the small floral to the music notes fabric.
Never in a million years would I have hit on this fabric combination, whereas she managed to pull all three fabrics from different sections of the shop, in a matter of minutes.
I can claim credit for the design, however. The construction is a variation of my Quilt As You Go fabric tutorial. I've already made a bunch of QAYG zippered pouches this month, with my latest bringing the total to eight.
As there was a deadline, I didn't have time to take photos of the process, but I have another cut out in the same design. Next time I'll take photos and write up a post with measurements, etc.
I don't have a clue as to the meaning of most of the musical terms on the lining fabric, but the recipient will.
I only purchased a small amount of the main fabric; not enough to show the name on the selvedge. All I can tell you is that the floral is a Timeless Treasures line.
The finish of my zipper tabs has much improved since I began making them. I've modified instructions found online, to suit my style of sewing. Another thing I'll photograph and show you next time.
I won last month's Lost and Found Christmas fabric by Riley Blake, over at Celtic Thistle Stitches November Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew. If you sew something Christmas related, December's link party will open on the 18th.
OH there it is - I saw the bag on Pinterest before I saw it on your blog - I didn't realize it was yours until I read the caption - I stopped to look at it because the fabrics are just so luscious! You did a great job on it - I'm looking forward to hearing any tips about making those zipper tabs, as I struggle with that - my fabrics keep shifting. My friend suggested gluing them in place then stitching, and it just now occurred to me that starching the piece might help it stop stretching. Congrats on winning the fabric for Ho Ho Ho - I haven't seen that blog post yet, hehe.ReplyDelete
The bag looks great! I was wondering about how you were doing with your Christmas sewing and it sounds like you have it in control. I gave up on sewing anything for gifts this year...it's our busy season at work and I've been picking up all the hours I can.;)ReplyDelete
I'm not musically inclined either Pam, but my daughter loves to play piano. I am making her a make-up bag and asked her what fabric she wanted and she asked for sheet music fabric with a red lining. I am making this bag with a metal frame though not a zip bag. I love your bag Pam.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I can think of a few musical people in my life that would LOVE this bag. Well done :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Amy.Delete
Gorgeous bag!! And I am looking forward to your zipper tab tutorial :) My Christmas sewing is going great because I am not doing any this year...I had some surgery in September and decided it gave me a good reason to not add any more stress!! Now I am feeling better and I'm enjoying seeing everything everyone else is making!! :DReplyDelete
Thanks, Sheila. I'll write up that tutorial when I've finished my Christmas sewing. Wise move to not add stress to your life. Glad you have recovered well.Delete
You are certainly perfecting zippers!ReplyDelete
Where do you buy them from? (I am also in Aust)
Thanks, Anne. A couple of years ago, I bought zippers in bulk from Zipit...Delete
With the exchange rate at the time, and including postage, they ended up much cheaper than I could buy here in Australia. 100 zippers has lasted a long time.
If I see specials locally, I'll snap them up, too. My stash is running low and I'll need to buy some soon. Zipit will be my first port of call. If they're still cheaper than here in Australia, that's where I'll order.
Pam this is such a pretty pouch. I never see any with musical sheets. I take my hat off to you I could never sew a zipper like that.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mary. I didn't need to buy much of that gorgeous fabric, but I think I still have enough for one more bag. I'll do a tutorial on zippers when I've finished my Christmas shopping.Delete
Beautiful bag, Pam. I love it when such unrelated fabrics seem meant for each other! I'm looking forward to your zipper tab tips as well. I seem to be hit or miss when I make them, it's very frustrating. Have a lovely holiday!ReplyDelete
Another great pouch Pam. I am always impressed too when someone can put the perfect fabric combinations together in the blink of an eye :)ReplyDelete
Sew sweet, your recipient is sure to love it! Visiting from Show Off SaturdayReplyDelete
What a great looking bag! Thanks for sewing along with Elm Street Quilts Bag ItReplyDelete
So many handmade Christmas gifts! Love this one. Not only because of the fabrics combo(well done to the shop assistant, hey), but also because of the print :) We are musically inclined in this house hold :)ReplyDelete
Beautifully made, this is a treasure!ReplyDelete
I love music and so your bag. It's so adorableReplyDelete
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Thank you, Shravya.Delete
Lovely fabric combination, hurray for helpful shop assistants. I've not seen music fabric in colourways other than black and white before, so great find all round.ReplyDelete