Saturday, August 21, 2010

For all of you who fear zippers....

We at Dandelion Quilts use to fear zippers.  Yes, it is true.  Until this post, changed it all for us.  That's right.  I had a fear of zippers passed down to me from my mother, who feared sewing zippers.  Raise your hand if you fear zippers.  Go ahead, you can do it.  I know you're out there.  No one is looking, raise your hand.  The first step at overcoming a fear is acceptance.  You can do it. 

I know you've been watching the blogs and you see all of these cute pouches out there with zippers and you really want to try one.  REALLY you do.  I know it.  Well, remember last time I said that I wasn't much of a zipper person and even I liked that project?  This project.  This project that I am working on right now, is truly a piece of cake.  You can do it, you really can.

This is a design by Lazy Girl Designs called Perfect Pouches.  I found it today at Joanns.  The entire project cut to finish takes under a half an hour.  LOVE IT! It has great directions, with easy to read diagrams.  It is the easiest zipper project that i have ever tried.

This is the smallest of the pouches (there are 3 sizes).  I think it measures about 5.5 X 7.  I stuck a small pair of scissors in there and a pin book so that you can see it really is quite big.  Now the one on the bottom I made for the college girl that I am also sending the coffee sleeves that I made last week too.  I thought it would be perfect to put a Starbucks gift card in.  I thought she might want to use it for lots of things, so if you look closely, you'll see I added a key fob on the end with a swivel hook.  I thought she could clip it to her backpack even, if she wanted that way.  That was my own touch, but if you need to know how to do it, shoot me an email.  I will be glad to help.  You could also put a small handle on the end, and it would make  a great wristlet.

Anyway, I loved the pouches so much that I couldn't stop.  I made 2 more.  I am digging using up scrap material, I tell you.  This set, I actually had a colored zipper in my stash.  Love that.  I will have to get more.  The second set, I corrected my only oops on the first.  I had the zipper zipping the wrong direction, oops.  Oh well. 

I am anxious to try the other 2 sizes of the pouches.  This is a great purse size.  The others, I think, might be great for school supplies or cosmetics, etc.  This size, for those of you that still deal with this, is perfect for those female products we have to conceal.  Actually, those of you with teenage daughters, these are perfect for that at school.  Just the right size.

Happy sewing!

11 comments:

Allie said...

Those are too cute!!! I used to fear zippers - then I did a project that had me in tears for 8 hours, and I don't fear them anymore. If I could make that, I can make anything. Except clothing....still can't do that...

Carol said...

Very cute! Glad you got over your fear of zippers.

Wendy said...

OH You Are GOOOD!! I may just have to tackle one of these myself now. :) Great job!!

Kim said...

Your pouches look great! Love the fabrics too. Zippers are really easy once you do them a few times and you did a SUPER job on yours!

Carol said...

Those are so darn cute...one day I'll have to give it a whirl...I really am scared to death! LOL!

PunkiePie said...

Just add another thing to my "want to make" list!! I too fear zippers and your pouches are too cute!

Laurie said...

I'm going to Joannes today for some interfacing and I'm going to look for this pattern. I've never done zippers..very afraid! LOL

Nancy said...

I just love that pattern. I actually taught it at my quilt guild and so many members were afraid to do the project because of the zipper... afterwards they were so excited...
I just made one yesterday as a new makeup bag...

Thimbleanna said...

Yipee! You're over the zipper phobia! You'll be putting them everywhere before you know it. And IS there a wrong direction to zip a zipper?

orchidlover said...

I was afraid of zippers aswell before I made up A Lazy Girls bag. Doesn't she have a fabulously easy wasy of doing them

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Very cute, Kris! Thanks for sharing about the tutorial - maybe I'll try it and be free of my fear of zippers too!