Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Santa's Sweatshop: The Zip Pouches

I love zip pouches, just love them, can't get enough of them, and I'm hoping some of my friends feel the same way this year. I had a dream a few weeks ago about some doing a foundation paper pieced star block-of-the-month club on my blog next year, and the next morning, I sketched out five stars to get started with. I drafted them in Illustrator, and liked them so much that I wanted to make them right away...so I decided to make some them into 6" blocks and put them on the front of some zip pouches for holiday gifts.

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Pouch #1
Fabrics from: Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures, various gold and aqua prints, RK Quilter's Linen in Straw

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Pouch #2
Fabrics from: Cosmo Cricket's Tailor Made, Alexander Henry's Heath, Ellen Luckett Baker's Quilt Blocks, Free Spirit Designer Houndstooth, Jenean Morrison Silent Cinema, RK Quilter's Linen in Gray

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Pouch #3
Fabrics: Alison Glass's Lucky Penny, various fuschia, purple, green, and blue prints, mystery black print from stash, Essex Linen in Lime

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Pouch #4
Fabrics: Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures, Alison Glass's Lucky Penny, various aqua, teal, and gold prints, Essex Yarn Dyed in Black

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Pouch #5
Fabrics: Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures, Joel Dewberry's Heirloom, various aqua and orange prints, RK Quilter's Linen in Azure

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For the actual pouches themselves, I used Elizabeth Hartman's super detailed Perfect Zip Pouches pattern, and I highly recommend it - especially if you've had zipper troubles in the past or if you're frightened of trying zippers out. Elizabeth truly makes it easy, and I was able to learn another way to install zippers than the way I typically do for a zip pouch, so the pattern was well worth the purchase. I made pouch style C, in the large size for all of these pouches.

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I hope the recipients enjoy these pouches as much as I enjoyed making them. It still surprises me how much I enjoy paper piecing these days, when it used to infuriate me so much when I first started it! Speaking of paper piecing, you be interested in a paper pieced BOM? Or am I just crazy (as usual)? I hope your holiday sewing is going well, and that you're having a great day!

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25 comments:

  1. My, you are certainly keeping busy! I haven't fallen for the zipper pouch yet but can see one (or more) in my future!

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  2. Love the pouches and your fabric choices! What lucky friends! Did you make the large or small size pouch?

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  3. I've never done paper piecing. Would your BoM be beginner friendly? Would you provide basic instructions on how to do it? If so, I would be interested. It's something I've wanted to try but just haven't taken the time to learn how to do it. Thanks!

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  4. Please please please do one! About a month ago, I decided to do a paper pieced star block each month for 2013. In fact, I was planning to rope my friends into it. If you did a BOM, well, that would make it a lot easier for me! :)

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  5. I'd love it if it were beginner friendly. I haven't paper pieced yet but it's one of my goals for 2013. :)

    Your zip pouches are incredible!


    Elizabeth
    Lwghosts at yahoo dot com

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  6. These star blocks are beautiful! I'm in for BOM!

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  7. I would love a BOM! And i would love to receive a pouch ;) PS I'm working on a paper-pieced pillow and it's going well. It's a simple pattern but still...I attribute my ability to do it to you :) Merry Christmastime!

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  8. Pouches, good. BOM, good. All this makes me so happy! Lovely work :-)

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  9. Fabulous stars! I would be interested...but need a quick refresher on paper piecing :)

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  10. Lovely pouches and fabric choices, Elizabeth! The recipients will love them!

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  11. I would love to be a part of a PP BOM!
    And those pouches ROCK

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  12. I would absolutely be interested in a paper pieced BOM. I even have a blog posted titled Why Paper Piecing is Amazing (or something very close to that).

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  13. Seriously, I'm your friend right? :) These pouches are spectacular! I need to work on learning how to use a program to draw my PP patterns. And yes A PP BOM sounds great!

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  14. Your pouches are soooo pretty!
    Love your pp star pattern!
    I'd love a pp BoM!
    Susie

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  15. Yippee! YES YES YES...I'd love to do a BOM!

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  16. I love that feeling of being so inspired that you have to start right away. Good for you for listening to your muse. Your pouches are awesome!

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  17. Beautiful, Elizabeth! I'm sure your friends will love their pouches! x Teje

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  18. Oh my ~ you've been busy ~ I love these zip bags! I have to say that zip bags are my most favorite thing to make ~ thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. I love your pouches. You did a wonderful job on them an the blocks are amazing.

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  20. The bags with your blocks are wonderful! I have been having fun making little pouches this year, but haven't tried a block on them yet. Thanks for the inspiration!! A BOM for the new year is a great idea!

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  21. If we would be doing foundation piecing blocks like the totally cool ones you just made, count me in on the BOM.

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  22. I love each and every one of them! I have one more customer quilt to quilt, then I'm going to be chained to my sewing machine! The zippered pouch sweatshop will be in full swing at my house, too! I think a paper pieced BOM would be a great idea!

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  23. Great stars you made there! Make me smile for a long time! ;-)

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