Type of item: Functional
eight precut batik strips plus a few scraps, a zipper, batting and some cotton for lining
What was your inspiration?
From time to time I make a pile of zippered bags in various sizes to use up some of my scrap stash. Last evening I was using one of them myself (I usually give them as gifts) and a friend asked me if I'd make one for her. I said "of course" and this morning I sat down, created some "fabric" from some precut strips and a few scraps - two pieces, each large enough to be folded in half and to make a bag. Doesn't take long. I have a supply of zippers (in various sizes) so I can "zip" these up in no time at all without having to go shopping for supplies. I use left over bits of quilt batting (pieced if I need something a bit larger than the scraps - it doesn't matter - in the bag you can't tell).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The only tricky part is remembering to open the zipper after you've sewn the side of the bag where the closed end of the zipper is located. That is the side I sew first, starting at the lining - I find that makes the zipper position as I want it to.