Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zippered Pouch palooza

A few weeks ago I received one of the sweetest gifts ever.  My friend 'Pink', who I originally met through blogging, and who's since turned into a real life friend made this AMAZING zipper bag for me.  I was speechless when I first saw it.
I love everything about it.  The hexagons, the color spectrum, the colors, the navy blue (one of my all-time favorite colors - so happy it's making a comeback) and the Liberty-looking print in the lining and hexy-flower on the 'back.'  I am still quite overwhelmed by the perfection of it. I immediately made the bag a home for my own hexagons and other hand-sewing projects.  I've been carrying it around with me to piano lessons, soccer games, pretty much everywhere I go.

One day I was showing off it's beauty to some local friends.  We all admired the sheer awesomeness to behold and one by one began expressing the desire to learn how to make one ourselves.  So Pink offered to show us how.
We used Anna's Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial, which is great. I, for one, still have a hang-up with zippers.  I'd learned to sew with them when I was about 12 at the hands of an experienced sewing teacher, but it has been a long while since then.  I was so grateful for the hands-on encouragement and feel pretty darn proud to have produced my own zippered item.

What's that old adage? Give me a zippered pouch and I zip for a day, teach me to install zippers and even though I bug you for a day, I bug you a lot less that I would have before? Something like that...
Not to mention the fact that it was fun to sit and sew with real live people.  A rare treat. Fun women who 'get' my fabric-obsession-weirdness. And who bring good food like Apple Crisp!
I also stepped outside my normal color palette - using some of Pat Bravo's Rock 'n' Romance collection for my pouch.  I feel a little more chic than usual, not to mention quite proud of my newly acquired zipper skills.


35 comments:

  1. Wish I could have joined you Amy - my zipper skills need some polish!

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  2. The pouch that Pink made for you is AWESOME!! I LOVE that thing! She has fabulous taste and amazing skill! Those are some teeny tiny hexies! You've inspired me to make some zippered pouches as well!

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  3. So so cute Amy! :o)
    I wish I could have
    been there too!
    I miss you! :o)

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  4. That is the most precious bag ever! You are so lucky to have a friend like her!



    Courtenay

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  5. What a great bag. It is good to craft with friends.
    I've just started a 'Quilting for Beginners' course.
    Carol xx

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  6. I'm pretty sure that I could conquer many things, if I could install a zipper...

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  7. O bom gosto dos hexágonos,com o capricho dos alinhavos cada um acompanhando a cor certa,simetria que acabam com um a flor da avó no centro...isto sim é que é amiga.Zíper????Meu Deus...um terror para mim....Beijos,e para sua amiga também.

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  8. little Christmas gifts coming up... now if I could just find some Hello Kitty fabric!

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  9. So for next time...I totally live close to you. :)

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  10. I am inspired to try hexagons, but then you always totally inspire me!!! Off to my sewing machine!

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  11. Super duper cute! I love that a lot! Pink is truly talented.

    xo -E

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  12. Awesome kiddo! Yes, that is the perfect zippy to contain your hexies!

    You did a great job on your pouch....add a handle and you have a fantastic and stylish bag!:)

    I kinda shy away from zippers too....in fact I was supposed to start on a dress for the girl to wear to a friend's wedding and I keep putting it off because of the side sipper! Of course the power going out in today's storm sort of stopped me too!;)

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  13. A great little pouch and a really lovely story. Cheers, Karen

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  14. Oh, so cute!! Love those mini hexies!! xo Heather

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  15. That is an adorable pouch! I can see why you treasure it!

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  16. Wowza! I'd be speechless looking at that perfection also! You are one seriously lucky (and loved!) gal♥

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  17. I am so so glad you like it! You kind of made me blush reading this Amy. Also, so fun to sit and sew and chat in real life. We should totally do that again. :)

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  18. gorgeous pouch, love it so much!! Every time I sew a zipper, I feel awesome, honestly. Every time I remember to put the zipper foot on and then immediately move the needle to the side, I feel even better! - can't tell you how many needles I've broken by slamming them down onto the zipper foot :-P . lovely blog post, thanks. Cat.

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    1. Lol! That is so something I would do. Over and over. Thanks for the reminder!

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  19. Very cool. I would have loved to have been at that party.

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  20. Super cute bag, how fun to have other ladies to spend the day with sewing!!

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  21. Oh the tiny hexies on the original are fab, so cute! Love your sophisticated version too, I'm always really bad at not buying the sophisticated stuff!

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  22. Lookin' good Ms. Amy! Looks like you had a wonderful day. LOVE that hexie pouch!

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  23. That is one cute pouch! And just perfect for carrying your hexie projects. What a lovely gift.

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  24. It's times like this that i REALLY wish I lived by you guys. We would have so much fun! LOVE the pouch! pink is an expert!

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  25. I've avoided zippers for years, but your bag is so cute and useful I saved a link to the tutorial - maybe I can do a zipper!

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  26. Very cool! Loved the old adage you shared!

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  27. love your hexi pouch! beautiful really

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  28. What size are these hexies? They're just tiny...

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    1. I think that she used 1/2" hexies. Aren't they the cutest?

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  29. Awesome. My few friends and I used to get together and sew.. called it out sewing club. We haven't done so in a while but it was a lot of fun!

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  30. They look great and I'm kinda digging some of those fabrics too which are out my normal palette too.
    Your pouch that you received is adorable!

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