Last night I had one of those moments when a light bulb appeared above my head. In fact, in the cartoon version of my life you can actually see this light bulb!
Back up a few weeks to when I made my first zipper pouch. It turned out fine, but by no means was it something I was incredibly proud of–other than the fact that it was my first try with sewing a zipper, and I was successful. However, I was stuck in a rut when it came to making zipper pouches, and I wasn’t sure how to get out. I actually felt pretty silly about being in this rut because I just could not get one piece of the lining to go on right.
Suddenly, out of no where, it dawned on me why I was having so much trouble getting the one lining piece to look good. This vision (the light bulb mentioned above) solved everything. As soon as I had some free time last night, I dashed upstairs to my very cold sewing room. I grabbed the zipper pouch which has been laying in the same place it landed when I threw it on the floor in a fit of frustration a week ago. I ripped the seams (gently, of course), ironed out the wrinkles, threaded my machine with some deep purple thread, and got busy testing out my theory.
Sure enough, it worked. The lining fabric looked great, and I could not see the section where it was sewn to the zipper once I put all the pieces together. I was fairly happy with the pouch, but I had sewn the fabric too close to the metal part of the zipper so it was kind of getting stuck when opening or closing the top. I still had some perfecting to do. I decided to make another pouch, but not with the fabric I had already cut out for three others. Oh no, I just had to use some uncut fabric for this. Then I spotted it. The whale ribbon. So instead of boring you with all the details, behold the outcome of my first zipper pouch which I can say I am very proud of (so proud of it, in fact, that I set it next to my bedside so I could stare at it as I happily fell to sleep last night!):
I had a really hard deciding whether to list this one or keep it, but I have enough of all of the materials left to make another one more pour moi. So, I have listed this pouch in my shop for someone else to admire (and use, of course!).