Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quilted Corduroy Zipper Pouches

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:
I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to sewing. 

Which I guess makes it that much more fulfilling when I actually manage to whip something out. Take these cute and nifty little zipper pouches for example.

My preschooler needed some zipper pouches for preschool, so I thought that it should be easy enough for me to manage, and I had some corduroy calling my name. 
These turquoise, pink and purple corduroy scraps came clear back from when I was about 6 years old! My mom had saved them for my girls, but alas, styles have changed and they just didn't fit well. I had one wear one one day and she about when crazy with the waist coming up to her...well, her waist. Way to cute to throw out though, I went for a little up-cycling.

And what do you know? I had some leftover fabric from their quilts that matched perfectly for a lining. yay!

I was set to go! Just needed a patten.

Well, there are about a million and a half zipper pouch patterns out there, but I chose to follow the one over at Flossie Teacakes. It was simple, strait-forward pouch with detailed step-by-step images; just what I needed. 

I started out by quilting some of the corduroy together to make 3 different patterns--a striped pattern, and 2 basic color block patterns. 

I followed her pattern to the letter and even learned how to use a zipper foot for my sewing machine! (Oh I'm learning so much). It took me hours and hours to make these 3, which I knew was ridiculous, but after I had made them, I had a firm understanding of what I was doing and actually whipped out a 4th in 20 minutes--start to finish, quilted the exterior and everything! I knew I could. 

Do I need a 4th? no. 
Do I have any idea of what to do with it? no
Is it still sitting on my computer desk 3 weeks later? yep.
Am I little OCD? yep.

But, as seemingly pointless as the 4th was, I am glad I made it. Proved to myself that I could do it, that I understood it, and that I wasn't a complete sewing simpleton. :)

Hurray for cute zipper pouches! One for each of my daughters. And hey, a 4th for me. :)

Thanks to Flossie Teacakes for the great tutorial. 

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