Wednesday, June 27, 2012

30 Minute Zippered Pouch

Unfortunately the process photos in this post were lost to computer gremlins.  I have been able to restore the final images.  Sorry!
As you will know if you've been following my blog, I found it necessary last week to go shopping for a new car (see why here).  This was also an opportunity to completely empty out the old car, reorganize my 'stuff' an decide what I really need it the new vehicle.  Something that is probably good to do once every 7 or 8 years! LOL.  I had a few small things that I wanted in the glove box (flashlight, spare batteries, note pad, etc.) so I decided to make a little zippered pouch to keep them in.

  I started with a piece of this pre-quilted scrap I had.  I thought it would be perfect because it gave me batting and a backing (which ended up being the lining of the bag) and it was free because someone had given it to me.
Next I grabbed my stash of little batik scraps.  I keep them in one of those zippered plastic pouches that bed sheets come in these days.  It's a great size and I can see through it so it's perfect!  
I just randomly started layering the scraps on the pre-quited backing, using a zig-zag raw edge applique method to secure them.  I used whatever strange shape I had and I think it added to the fun of the final result.
I wanted to add some more interest, so I cut some circles and squares than started adding them, again just using the zig-zag stitch.

Then I added some extra stitching lines on a few of the shapes, using a straight stitch to make spirals, etc. inside the shapes.


I stitched the zipper to one end, flipped it around and stitched the other side of the zipper to the other end, and then folded it, right sides together, and used my serger to stitch the side seams (remember to OPEN THE ZIPPER for this part).  I also serged across the corners to give it a bit of dimension and then I turned it right side out and it was done!  All that in 30 minutes!

Here's the finished pouch, showing both sides.  A great way to make something from nothing (or little seemingly useless scraps).



10 comments:

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    1. All you need is a little time and some scraps! It's a fun way to use up scraps.

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  2. This is cute! I like the way it looks totally different on each side!

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    1. Thanks Jean. The sad thing is it now lives in the glove box of my new SUV and will probably not be seen by anyone (except on this blog). LOL

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  3. I really like this post...and enjoy watching your quilt and sew as I can't sew much now...it is nice to see someone's projects all the way through and dream that I actually will do that someday!! Fabric and creativity are the universal language with woman through the ages. I love fabric. Great blog you have here. thanks for sharing it with me.

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Greetings!
    30 Minute Zippered Pouch
    I’m figuring out very much from your very own blog. There is quite useful content which I could at least thank you for.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you are learning so useful tips from my blog. Thanks for leaving the comment to let me know.

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    1. Thanks. They're quick and easy and could be used for many purposes (cosmetics, pencil case, misc. glove box clutter, etc. )

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