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Zig-Zag Block Pocket

Created in this Craftsy Course

Quick-Strip Paper Piecing taught by Peggy Martin

Achieve perfect points every time! Peggy Martin shows you easy and fast techniques to create paper-pieced blocks and then combine them in new ways.

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Black batik with lime green peace sign fabric for the exterior. Additional colorful batiks for the interior lining, and pockets. A metal lobster clasp for a key fob. Strips of the batiks to make the Zig-Zag paper-pieced pattern (big pocket for the front of the tote).

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What are you most proud of? Quick Paper Piecing is a great way to use up large scraps of fabric. (I'm smiling)--Yes, I really can do something economical to whittle down my scraps stash. I chose to make Peggy Martin's Zig-Zag paper-pieced block first. The Zig-Zag became the center-piece for the big pocket on the front of the tote. I am most proud to offer two pockets in the interior of my Groovy Tote. There is a shallow pocket for a cell phone, and one pocket that is deeper. To find the shallow pocket, reach inside the bag and "feel" for the button marking the smaller pocket. I photographed the interior of the bag by turning it inside out, so you could see the pockets. What a big surprise! I discovered the tote looks handsome turned inside out--and I can use this bag as a REVERSIBLE tote. Too cool, eh? Getting two distinct looking bags for the price of one!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Wow, this was an awesome, confidence building class. Sign up for Peggy's Quick Paper Piecing course. You'll love experimenting with the variety of blocks and sewing them perfectly from the start. My thanks to Peggy for having the honesty to show us how to FIX little mistakes that can happen along the way.

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Brilliant as usual clever lady......

07/10/2012 Flag

Wow! What a fantastic tote!! You are certainly having a great time with color - and how fun that you discovered you can turn the bag inside out to be used as a reversible accessory!! I'm delighted that you are having such fun with the Quick-Strip Paper Piecing class - thanks for the great comments!

07/13/2012 Flag

Today, I sold this tote, and another larger travel tote just like it. The paper pieced pocket I learned in Peggy Martin's online craftsy course. Thanks again Peggy!

10/10/2012 Flag