The Front Range Modern Guild hosted a simple zip pouch swap: make one to share and you come home with one made by another guild member. I dug into my Liberty Lifestyle scraps and my "Perfect Zip Bags" pattern and made this:
Since two is almost always better than one, I made myself another:
The neutral fabrics were scraps from previous projects and I already had the zippers on hand. It's so satisfying to complete a nice project without a trip to the store!
This is the pouch I came home with from the guild meeting. It's by Marti (I had to do a little internet sleuthing to confirm this, as she didn't include a note and wasn't at the meeting). Isn't it darling?! I love the zipper pull.
Since I had enjoyed making the zip pouches, I decided to make a quilted scrappy box bag, via this tutorial, by Pink Stitches for my sister's birthday. This little pouch kicked my butt and I blame only myself. Before I started QAYG on the scrappy panel, I put decor bond interfacing on the back of the piece of batting- I always love lots of structure but this made the whole project way too stiff. I also had difficulty with the "sports" zipper - it's just that those wimpy polyester zippers make me nervous.
Lesson learned: do a tutorial exactly as prescribed at least once before you opt to make changes.
Thanks for reading!!! I can't wait to share my sewing adventures from this past weekend! Stay tuned.