Saturday, June 21, 2014

Triple-Zip Pouch Fun with Thing 1 & Thing 2

I found the Triple-Zip Pouch and knew it would be a great fit to use up some of my zippers.  The prices through ZipIt are just so good I can't help myself and always order way more than I need for a project.  If you decide to do a project with a bunch of zippers, I highly recommend you check out the store.  
I pulled all of the Dr. Seuss fabrics I had for this project.  I never went out of my way to buy these.  They all showed up in one big box of remnants or another.  I was pretty pleased that I had enough to make something with.
This is just an overview of how I put my bag together, not a tutorial.  For that, you should totally go check out A Quilter's Table for all the down and dirty details.  Besides, I went off-pattern from the first cut.  The first thing I did, other than cut my fabrics much bigger, was to change out that one dark zipper for a white zipper.  It seems selecting zippers in bad lighting could lead one to use a purple zipper where a navy zipper would be more appropriate.  Since I didn't have a navy zipper, the white got put in there.  I wanted this bag to have a strap, so that's where that long strip of yellow fabric comes in.  It is made like most fabric bag straps and even has some batting inside to give it more weight.  This was a great project to use up those smaller pieces of fusible batting you don't want to throw away.
I attached the ends for the zippers a little differently, but the result is still the same.  My way actually takes longer, but I like the precision it provides without pinning.
I had to pay close attention to the construction every step of the way for this one.  It wasn't hard once I got the hang of it, but I wanted to make sure I knew what was going on with each additional zipper.  The directions were easy to understand and likely saved me from making an error or two along the way.
The only part that was a little unclear was when I went to stitch up the bag and the lining.  It wasn't difficult, but since I've sewn more than one bag shut without a (non-destructive) way to get it turned right-side out (don't forget to open that zipper!) I was a little concerned.  It all worked out in the end.  I may have to take some pictures when I make the next one in an attempt to make it easier for me to repeat the process.
This bag was fun and I know I'll be making at least a couple more.  I do have an abundance of zippers.
Look at those happy Things!

4 comments:

  1. I love the fabric, such fun. I've not made one of these, but I think it is going to have to go on my to do list.

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  2. the Dr. Seus fabrics were such a fun choice for your triple zip bag! I have made one, in the original size, but I love your idea of making it bigger.

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  3. Love this triple zip pouch. It looks like a fun project and it does make me happy! What a great job!

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  4. Glad to see this post! I have the pattern but I haven't made it yet. Love the Dr. Seuss fabric--so cute. I buy zippers from Zip it all the time. She is the best!

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