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noodle-head.com · Dec 19, 2018

a zippered pouch never hurt

Well, I think this might be my last regular post for 2018, but I couldn’t help but share these little zippered pouches. Whenever I’m feeling a little off or stuck creatively, it always seems to help me by taking it back to the basics. This year has been hectic and full and fun. So sewing up these zippered pouches at the end feels like a bit of a calming effect. These are the small size of my infamous Open Wide Zippered Pouch. Back when I wrote the tutorial I remember thinking that I wanted to keep it all to myself and make a million pouches. They were just so fun and rewarding feeling. But of course I can’t keep all the fun to myself, so the tutorial was shared and I think enjoyed by many (or so I’ve seen).

As I was making these I used one of my favorite tools – a glue pen. Glue basting isn’t new, but I really enjoy using the Sewline glue pen. I feel like it’s very user-friendly and comes in really handy for inserting zippers. Pins are great and in just about everyone’s sewing kit, but if you feel like trying out a glue pen, you might find that it makes things pretty enjoyable! I feel like I can get better alignment and be more accurate with my seam allowance. Win win! Of course anything like zippers takes a bit of practice, so don’t get down on yourself if your first few don’t turn out as perfect as you had hoped. Practice and trial and error are the greatest teachers. I love learning from my mistakes (which are many!).

This duo of pouches are heading to a couple of teachers, we’ll fill them with some candy before gifting of course. My daughter Emily decided they’d like pouches and after some fabric indecision, we arrived on these and I think they’re beautiful.

Pattern: Open Wide Pouch Tutorial (size small, modified the corner seams to be 3″ instead of 3.5″ just because I felt like it – see chart here)

Fabrics: Arroyo Cotton & Flax (Erin Dollar), Me You Batik (X’s in Denim)

Zippers: 10″ (for small pouch), 12″ (medium), 14″ (large)

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