bags fabric

Conquering the Zipper

Dun, dun, dun…..That’s how I used to feel every time I saw a project that required a zipper. I’d run the other way screaming. Okay, not really- but I would turn to a different project for sure! So, one of my goals for this year is to finally overcome my fear of zippers, because, really, they are pretty awesome. I started by trying out Anna’s tutorial over at Noodlehead, man is that a cute pouch, right? But, I have to admit, I really struggled with getting the corners up by the zipper to actually look like corners- they’re more like a girl with bad posture’s silhouette. So I tried again and made a pleated pouch for my friend when I made her purse, still having corner issues. But, look up at the picture above, notice the corners? Yup, they actually look more like corners! I’ve realized it has to do with the zipper tape and how it’s sewn into the seams. I still haven’t figured it all they way out- but when I do you can bet there’s going to be a tutorial.

I made this little pin-tucked lovely for a dear friend who’s expecting a baby girl in a couple weeks. In addition to some burp cloths I decided momma needed something pretty too so I threw this in just for fun.
I’m loving this flower. It’s cute and just the right touch without adding too much bulk. I also LOVE that it’s flat so I don’t have to worry about it getting snagged when it’s drifting through a purse or diaper bag.

I’m also trying to do better at staging my pictures and getting the best possible lighting. *sigh* I still have so very much to learn! But, we’ll get there. 🙂
So, here’s to conquering fears and beating the beast into submission. I think I need to make more of these pouches though- they’re addicting.
Craft Goodies Tidy MomUndertheTableandDreaming

You Might Also Like

  • Sandy
    February 18, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I know just what you mean about zippers… I was the same way. But once I did my first one, I found it wasn't so bad, and I've been putting in zippers ever since. Now if I could just conquer my fear of buttonholes!

  • Amy @ Increasingly Domestic
    February 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Your bag is so cute! How the crap do you have time for all these projects Amy? 😉

  • Crafty Girls
    February 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Super Cute! I love the pleats in this cute bag. All your stuff is awesome! I truly look forward to your blog everyday! No pressure or anything! 🙂

  • HoopDeeDoo
    February 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

    cute cute cute! will be looking out for that zipper tutorial. and btw, I'm an Amerooni too! 😉

  • Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    February 20, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Adorable pouch, Amy. I have issues with my corners with zippers, too. Can't wait to see if you figure it out cause I haven't!

  • Megan
    February 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I am also scared of zippers. maybe I'll give it a try!

    I love your blog header.


  • Jill
    February 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I've made these too, and they're a good introduction to zippers! 🙂 Way to go!

  • WobiSobi
    February 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    This is really cute!!! Zippers always scare me. LOL

  • Pamela
    February 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Ah, zipper twins. I'll have to try again since you did. 🙂 Love the tucks in the bag.

    I'm a new follower from Under the Table.

  • Jennifer
    February 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Zippers scare me too… I'm still too nervous to try using one in a project. I love your little bag, it has a Breakfast At Tiffany's feel (which is my favorite movie!). I featured you today on my bag round up 🙂