Sunday, June 6, 2010

Zippy Strippy, Cash & Carry, & Pockets to Go!

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As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve dived into Terry Atkinson’s  “Snip, Zip, & Go” headfirst… and I’m not sure when I’ll come up for air!

At the end of the previous post, I wrote, “I hope you have as much fun with this as I do…. I’m currently waiting for Wesley to come home from the shop with a complete zipper assortment for me to work with… I’ve got some sewing to do!”

He arrived, bag of zippers in hand… And then,

Wow!  I might need an intervention.  As I worked on one, I couldn’t wait to start the next.

Please note: in my excitement, I forgot to read the “Zippy Strippy” pattern instructions.  Hard to believe, I know :)

Laurie-Ann gently pointed out that the larger bags are supposed to include a little pleat at the bottom, so that they “stand-up”.  (See Terry’s pattern photo above… her bags angle in a little and have a bottom, and mine don’t).  I can still add that if desired… or I can just make more bags!

First I made a couple of smaller “Cash ‘n’ Carry” wallets, using scraps from a Fig Tree quilt I’m working on.  Lower pouch has a pocket, perfect for credit card or hotel room key card.

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Then, the longer “Cash ‘n’ Carry” (perfect sized pouch for sunglasses or sewing supplies):

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The pattern calls for scraps of 2.5” width… perfect for leftover jelly roll strips, or charm squares also work for the smallest size. But, I  found Honey Bun strips (1.5”) worked well (top bag), or just fabric remnants (middle bag body is not scrappy).

These were made from an “Eva” charm pack, and scrap yardage. I think they need some decorative buttons.

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Then, I made a pair for the Hospice of the Hills silent auction (used both patterns).  The ric-rac was a fun touch:

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Then, I made this set for my briefcase.  Large bag for power cords & plug-ins.  Smaller bag to hold my i-Pod. Used left-over honey-bun strips and added inner pockets to the pouch, to hold earphones & cord.

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Finally, I tried the third pattern, “Pockets to Go”.  Cube organizer shown here, and I’m nearly done with a coordinating  “Long” organizer.  I’ll add photos when able.

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Although more work is involved in making the organizer than the little bags, every pattern is exceptionally well designed and written, making the process fun & easy.

For patterns and supplies, click here.