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My completed zipper pouch

Created in this Craftsy class

Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch taught by Kristin Link

Take this free mini-class and learn how to make two cute bags with Kristin Link of Sew,Mama,Sew!

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Scraps and such from my stash. I found the zipper with a 55 cents price on it. Yup, it is old. The lining and outer fabric are cotton/poly blends. I also used an Urban Threads pattern for the machine embroidery.

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I wanted to make a small bag to replace an old crappy commercial one. I noticed that the interfacing, lining and outer fabrics were all the same size. So I ironed the interfacing (after machine embroidery) to the backside of the outer fabric, then placed it on top of the lining fabric and cut them all at once. Since I wasn't using the size of the original project, I made sure that the back would match the two pieces on the front. There was only thin strips of waste fabric after cutting it out. That's done, now back to my stash to see what else I can sew up without a trip to the fabric store.

02/04/2014 Flag

I like that you are using your "stash". That's exactly what I am doing. Trying to spend very minimal dollars as I venture back into the world of sewing, and trying to use what I have! (which is a lot)

02/04/2014 Flag

What I am trying to do and what I seem to be doing, is not necessarily the same thing. Like you I am venturing back into the world of sewing after having other things take priority. The embroidery machine was a wish from a long time ago. I love it but the thread cost - I won't go there. I started with the bag classes to make something that I could embroider. I hope you are having as much fun as I am back in the world of sewing machines and fabrics.

02/05/2014 Flag

Haha, that is funny you say that.... in attempting to use my "stash", I'm slowly finding out I need to buy this, or I need to buy that. I'm really trying to use some self-control, but it's hard when you're standing amongst all those gorgeous bolts of fabric and notions, isn't it?!! So you got a new embroidery machine - lucky you, how very exciting. I'm looking at updating my old 60s era Kenmore, but I may still keep it also. We'll see - it's certainly a space hog. Speaking of the D-ring on my zipper pouch, did you check out the link to Kristin's blog wherein she gives us sizes for 4 more totes/pouches - she has a D-ring on one of them! And there's some cool variations too. Here's the link so you don't have to search for it on her class page - Keep on having fun like I am. I do believe sewing is my first love amongst all the crafty things I have done in my life.

02/07/2014 Flag

P.S. Very nice to meet you. :-)

02/07/2014 Flag

That is how I feel, nice to meet you too! I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects. I have Kristins blog printed where she gave out the sizes for other totes/pouches. Her two classes were great. I have made so many totes, pouches and bags, I am ready to do something else. We had a family vacation in December and I made each member a drawstring bag from Kristin's other class and then filled them with snacks for the flight. I made bucket bags for my daughter and daughter-in-law for crochet and knitting and ended up making one for me too. It's been fun. My main sewing machine, a New Home Memorycraft, and serger, a Bernette, I bought in 1985. The embroidery machine only does that. The nice thing is being able to sew while keeping an eye on the embroidering. It is great to be back sewing again.

02/08/2014 Flag

I must agree with you 100%.... I am so happy to be sewing again. I think out of all the DIY I have tried in my lifetime, sewing is my first love. And now that I've admitted that, I think that entitles me to buy more sewing supplies, right?! I really like your idea of making totes and pouches as gifts, and I'm already thinking that's what I will do for the holidays this year. I've got lots of time to plan and get it done. The travel totes are a great idea and we have a Disney trip coming up in June so that would be a wonderful time for me to make a few totes for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter! I've been making more totes and pouches but haven't got around to posting them here. Maybe in the next few days... Hope you have a marvelous weekend. :-)

02/15/2014 Flag