Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zakka Zippies

You're back! Hi there and thanks for stopping by. I am very excited to have so many new friends lingering from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. My butt is numb from all the computer time this week trying to make it to all the blogs participating in giveaway day. Honestly, after all that surfing, reading, posting, oohing and aaahing, wouldn't it be nice to win just one teensie giveaway? Fingers crossed! I can't wait to call upon the RN generator later tonight and find out who wins my mini selvage quilt (oh! are you here looking for the giveaway post? Keep scrolling, it's a few down there and you have until 9 pm Pacific time to enter).

So..... Zakka Zippies. Yes, this is what I made from the leftovers after finishing this on retreat. I love making zippy pouches, actually. These are going to be for sale in the members boutique at my guild quilt show in early June.

Japanese linen zippy pouches

To make these, I free cut my scraps with scissors into random pieces, sewed them together into a fabric 'sheet', sliced the sheet and inserted some longer strips, then cut rectangular sections the same length as the zippers I wanted to use (umm, was that clear?). Most of the Japanese linen sections were bordered with a natural organic cotton/linen blend.

Japanese linen Zippy pouches

In some cases, I felt like adding a little more zip to the zippy, so using my machine's triple straight stitch and a light blue Aurofil 30 wt thread I topstitched a 1/4" from the seams. I like the weight of this stitch and by extending the stitch length to 3.5, you get a Sashiko-y sort of machine stitch. Nice.

Japanese linen zippy pouch

That's not all folks! More retreat finishes coming. In the meantime, tune in tomorrow to see who wins the selvage mini and what the heck is on the back!!

13 comments:

Dianne said...

Oh Krista! I fear all of my money will be spent at the boutique the minute our show opens!!! These are fabulous - I have to have at least one and my Christmas list is coming with me. I can see the checkmarks now!!!

Ammie said...

These are fantastic. I love the extra zip you added to the zippies!

Alice R. said...

I wish I lived near you! ;-( I want that middle one with the red dragonfly fabric so bad!!!! These are wonderful!

Krista said...

Those are so nice! And that triple stitch is so smart! Why haven't I tried it yet?

You were a project-making machine this last week. Anything else you've got to share?

Mrs Moen said...

They look wonderful; I love your stitching! Please beam just a little love for zippy pouches my way; I would love to make some but zippers still intimidate me. Yours sounds so easy when you describe them.-)

Ariane said...

I love the little pouches. They are so cute. I'm so jealous of your sewing retreat. I definitely need one. Love your table runner.

Heidi said...
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live a colorful life said...

These pouches are great. I went straight to my machine so see if I could triple-stitch and I can. Yippee!

Wendy . . . said...

These are completely gorgeous!
Heart these ....
Cheers

Amy said...

Those pouches are great. You seriously made more than all of those and a table runner this past weekend? How did you fit it all in???

Skiffer said...

Krista,

Another fabulous boutique item! How can the rest of us compete?? Can't wait to see the rest of your projects. Did you sleep on retreat, or did you just have lots of red bull with your coffee?

Kristen said...

Nice idea to lengthen your stitch to get that look! Great fabrics too!

Penny said...

You do great work! May I ask where you get the tags with your name on them? My 16 year old daughter recently started her own sewing biz and I would love to get some of those tags for her. You can see her work here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saltillo-MS/Hip-and-Sassy-Boutique/112688552095921?ref=ts