I've been beavering away this week on craft fair and shop stock. There's lots of cushions but I'll save those for a future post and today will concentrate on a bit of zippyness!
I thought zippy pouches would be a good craft fair make because they shouldn't take too long and could be reasonably cheap. However, I needed to conquer my zip phobia first...cue googling "Easy zippy/zip/zipper/zippered pouch tutorials" - try saying that after a glass of wine!. Having read a few I sat down to give it a go.
This first one uses a 5" zip and scraps from a cushion I was making. It's not bad, but just ...O....K. I used a furnishing fabric for the body, which was fine, but the same fabric was too unwieldy for the zip ends which I couldn't get through the machine properly...lesson learnt.
So then I tried a second larger version, using linen and a few scraps, with a PVC inside and a favourite hot pink zip.
First mistake on this one was forgetting to undo the zip before sewing all the pieces together....and then realising that there was NO way I was going to be able to either undo the zip from the reverse, or turn the purse the right way round..."darn it...unpicker, where are you?"
After that little hiccup, it went quite smoothly. I added boxed corners to make the perfect (ahem) little make-up bag. Yeay! I proudly show it to friend Sarah.
She liked it too, I don't know whether she was just being polite or whether she didn't spot it either...but it was only later that I noticed the daft mistake, did you?!
Yep, my flowers are upside down.
Third attempt, zippy make-up bag for mum-in-law's birthday. The zip ends aren't so neat on this one (I left them too long I think) but at least the butterfly is the right way up!
I'll persevere...at least my zip phobia is almost cured!