I have been dying to try a zippy pouch designed by Sherri McConnell for The Fat Quarter shop. It's a free tutorial that is later in my post.
So when the Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I'd like to design an applique for it using the yellow buttons, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!
I'm going to walk you through a few of things I did for this.
I prepared the front by sewing it just like Sherri, and then fusing and machine appliqueing my Buzzy Bee.
If you need to learn how to do Machine Applique get my book HERE
I am IN LOVE with Annie's Soft and Stable and it sews beautifully with your walking foot!
I'm using my Babylock
I decided to do the buttons after I had quilted it.
you can do them prior, but I liked being able to pull the thread through the soft and stable to hold it more firmly.
A really neat thing about the button collection is that some are 'flat' so you can easily stack the adorable ones on top!
Because we live to make things adorable..
Since I did NOT want to tie off EACH button, I did a knot UNDER the button, then slid the needle onto the next spot. Since it's going through the padding it would be flopping around!
Now for the EXTRA part i added.
I've wanted to try the mesh... so i made a 'divider' to put in the zippy pouch. That way you can put things on either side of it and keep organized.
I like being Organized... do you?
You can CLICK this step out photo for a Larger Image.
- cut mesh the width of your pouch, but about 1.5" shorter.
- Cut a 2.5" wide strip
- Sew to the top of the mesh
- fold in the top edge as we are going to encase that raw edge inside the fabric
- press up 1/4" of fabric.
- Fold so it meets the top edge
- Use the wonder clips to hold it
- sew along BOTH long side
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If you had want to make 2 pockets with the divider, then layer the mesh over the backing piece. Sew a seam through the mesh and your backing piece before layering to finish.
I'm ready to finish this up!
When Sherri McConnell designed this pouch she did a fantastic tutorial with Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter shop. They walk you through all the steps.. including the 'scary part' of cutting the zipper!!!
lean in close... let me whisper... cutting the zipper is pretty darn easy.. now you know!
I had SO MUCH fun doing this!
You can make it bigger, or shorter... the zippers are long so you have a lot of flexibility. Think amazing sets for Gifts!!!
- the Fantastic Mesh and the Zippers
- I happened to have Annie's double pulls, you can find those HERE, but they are not necessary
- Machine Applique book
- Annie's Soft and Stable
- My Moda Fabric .
- Aurifil Floss!
- Wonder Clips and Design Boards
- My Favorite Cordless Iron
Let's share your zippy pouches.. woohoo! Click the BLUE ADD YOUR LINK button at the end of the photos