Friday, March 29, 2013

Digging into my zipper stash

In just two short weeks, my road trip to the Stash Bash retreat will begin, and I'm definitely not heading there empty-handed. We're planning to do a little pouch swap, and there's a few people that I want to bring a special something to as well, so I decided to dig into my zipper stash and make a pile of pouches. I just finished my last pouch yesterday, so that's one more thing I can check off my to do list, yay!

A pile of pouches for Stash Bash!

The first pouch I worked on is for the pouch swap. I wanted to do some teeny tiny piecing, and I wanted to use one of my Lucky Stars blocks, so I decided to use the new April block, which will be arriving to club members' inboxes first thing Monday morning. This teeny tiny version of the block finished at 3 1/2" - throughout the piecing, I felt like I needed smaller hands to work with these tiny pieces of fabric!

Lucky Stars pouch exterior

I sashed the block with some Essex linen in Steel, and decided to add a pinstripe effect with some simple quilting on the pouch. I wanted a bright, fun color for the zipper, so I picked out a fun green zipper, Washi triangles for the lining. On this pouch, I wanted a softer look, so I used Pellon fusible fleece. It's still definitely durable, but would be good for holding a Kindle or a camera, since it's a bit more padded.

Lucky Stars pouch interior

For the second pouch, I wanted to try to use some of my Anna Maria Horner scraps. I've destashed a lot of my Anna Maria Horner fabric, and used a lot of it, too, so all that's left is scraps. I decided to use an Anna Maria Horner to go with my bits and strings of fabric, her feather pattern, but there was no way that I had enough to make the full-size feather, so I shrunk it. I used the copier function of my printer to shrink the pattern by 50%, and I was able to put together enough strings to make a darling little feather. I used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black for the stem of the feather, and paired it with a mostly low-volume print from Art Gallery's new Urban Mod collection called Triangularity. Isn't that a fun word??? I added a bit more of the Triangularity print around the feather to create a nice rectangular size, and turned it into a pouch.

Feather pouch exterior

I found a red zipper in my stash that had a cute pull already attached to it, and installed that for the pouch. The lining of this one is from my biggest AMH leftover scrap, a print from her Innocent Crush line, and I used Pellon Craft Fuse for the interfacing on this one - I've used Craft Fuse on several pouches, and I like the crisp look it gives.

Feather pouch interior

You're going to get to see much more of the third pouch on Tuesday, when I will be sharing a quick tutorial for it. For now, I'll give you a quick tease :)

3rd pouch - sneak peek! Stay tuned for the tutorial next week

Stay tuned on Monday for my first update on my duffle progress, and have a great weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Your pouches are all gorgeous Elizabeth. I can't wait to see your duffle. I was going to start one last week but got sidetracked

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  2. Those are brilliant, love them! Now where did I put my zips...

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  3. I am so locked into 'making blocks to make a quilt' mode that I would never consider making anything else. I love your fabulous ideas and I'm trying harder to think 'outside the block'. Love these little pouches - I need to get over zipper phobia though.... Are there good zipper tutorials out there?

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  4. Zipity do da....the pouches are delightfully and oh so creative!

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  5. Hi Patricia! Your email address isn't associated with your Blogger profile/Google Plus profile, so I can't respond to you via email, so here I am - yes, there are tons of great zipper tutorials out there, and I'm going to be sharing one next Tuesday as well for the sneak peek pouch shared today. I had a super dig zipper phobia for a long time, but now zippers are no big deal, something I don't mind sewing a bit!

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  6. I love both your pouches, they are so cute. What a great idea to do the blocks smaller to fit the size you need. I love to make little pouches for a quick finish.

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  7. These are fabulous. Um, thanks for the tease...can't wait to see the complete reveal!

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  8. The star is 3.5 inches?!?! I think you may have lost your mind. But it's awesome!

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  9. Love the pouches that you made!!! I have been learning how to put in zippers lately by making pouches!

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  10. Lovely pouches,can't believe how tiny that piecing is!

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