No more of these for awhile

/ Saturday 29 January 2011 /
As you know, I've been on a bit of a zipper pouch-making kick.  I've tried several different styles, and have been please with all of them.  They have each, however, bedeviled me on one assembly point or another, and I can see the imperfections glaring in each one.  So I have been working on trying conquering the bits that have made me dissatisfied.  I'm pretty happy with this last one I made.
Last one for awhile
This is the biggest one I've made yet.  It started out 10.5" square.  I used Moda cross-weave cotton on the exterior, with some various scraps for the patchwork around the bottom.  Long-time readers may recognize this fabric as leftovers from Dunes.  It has cotton batting on the inside and Dill Blossom cotton print for the lining, which you can just see in the photo below.
Dill Blossom lining
It stands up nicely - I gave it a relatively wide bottom to support it since it's so large for a zipper pouch.  I think this is as big as you can make it unless you line it with something stiffer than batting.  Any bigger and it would just flop over itself.
Stands up nicely
Lindsay said I should show something to give an idea of scale.  So I stood this DVD case up behind the pouch.
Just taller than a DVD case
And I'm especially pleased by the sharp corners.  I found it very effective to use these tabs that cover the ends of the zipper and keep the raw edges of the zipper out of the seam allowance.  That, and cutting the batting one inch smaller than the exterior fabric (I used a 1/2" seam allowance) are the two factors that I feel were most effective in getting the final product the way I wanted it.  I also used a piece of ribbon for a zipper pull.  Ugh, I can see a few loose threads I forgot to trim in this picture.  It's always something!
Sharp corner!
I'm happy.  And now I think I'm going to rest on my pouch-making laurels for awhile.  I have some other quilting that must get done!


{ Thelma } on: 29 January 2011 at 16:17 said...

Lesly, that bag is wonderful. I just love all the bags I see online, but have no desire to try one, it's the zipper, I've never worked with zippers, for some reason I don't think I could get it right...not that I have any basis for such a negative perception! I also love the Gilmore Girls!

{ Debbie } on: 29 January 2011 at 17:33 said...

I like it :)

I like the idea of giving it some scale. the DVD was a good idea!

{ Brandie } on: 29 January 2011 at 19:33 said...

We Love Gilmore Girls. We have every season on DVD. The bag is cute also.

{ Unknown } on: 29 January 2011 at 21:05 said...

Gorgeous bag Lesly! I like the way you've covered the zipper ends. It gives the bag a very finished look!

{ beth } on: 29 January 2011 at 22:01 said...

great bag!! Love the fabric you chose.

{ Lee D } on: 30 January 2011 at 13:14 said...

great bag. blending of ideas and instructions makes for a perfect pouch!

{ wishes, true and kind } on: 30 January 2011 at 22:58 said...

I really like that bag! I've never made a zippered bag that big before, but it seems like a really useful size. I need to branch out, as I've only made the gathered clutches. But they are kind of addicting.

{ Glenda } on: 31 January 2011 at 01:29 said...

The bag, the bag! I am completely fascinated with your fascination with bags. At one time in the distant past, I sewed every stitch I wore and must have installed zippers aplenty, but years have covered the tracks, and it seems very daunting and tricky and particular and like pinning will be involved and possibley basting. Should I give it a try? Will I find the joy that you obviously have stumbled upon? I feel like a child again standing at the edge of the playground watching the skipping rope going round and round. Such fun. Shall I jump in, shall I,.....Thankyou for such inspiring pictures.

{ Claudia } on: 31 January 2011 at 12:53 said...

Very pretty and I'm impressed with your zipper skills. I think this one is my absolute favorite of yours. I wonder if you used fusible fleece or lined with interfacing, if that would help eliminate the problem with bulky seams?

Anonymous on: 4 February 2011 at 16:08 said...

Fabulous corners! I can tell you though, that once you have learned how to make zipper pouches, you will always want to make more of them. If nothing else, make great gifts and never fail to amaze your family and friends. (Seriously---it's the zipper.) I learned the tab technique from the "Zippy Strippy" pattern by Atkinson Designs, and I'm totally sold on it. I have been collecting selvedges, and want to make a bunch of ZPs to use as knitting project bags with them.


{ ParisMaddy } on: 6 February 2011 at 10:47 said...

It's really cute, Lesly.

{ Mary } on: 7 February 2011 at 20:32 said...

What fabric did you use for your Paprika quilt top? I want to make a quilt for my mother, and those colors would be absolutely perfect for her. I found you through Google, so that's why you're getting a comment about a post almost a year old. :)

{ Lesly } on: 7 February 2011 at 20:52 said...

Replying to Mary Keane: Mary, I hope you get this response - you are set to "No-REply Blogger", which is why I can't email you the answer to the question above. I used the line "19th Century REds" by Nancy Gere. It is out of print, but I'm pretty sure you can find it online in shops that sell reproduction fabrics.

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