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.

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    September 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    oh way awesome!!!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    September 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Wish I could have joined you Amy – my zipper skills need some polish!

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    September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    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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    September 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    So so cute Amy! :o)<br />I wish I could have <br />been there too!<br />I miss you! :o)

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    Three Sisterz
    September 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    That is the most precious bag ever! You are so lucky to have a friend like her!<br /><br /><br /><br />Courtenay

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    September 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    What a great bag. It is good to craft with friends.<br /> I&#39;ve just started a &#39;Quilting for Beginners&#39; course.<br />Carol xx

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    September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I&#39;m pretty sure that I could conquer many things, if I could install a zipper…

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    tubilinha tiacarminha
    September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    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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    September 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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

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    September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    So for next time…I totally live close to you. 🙂

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    Heather Rossi
    September 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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

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    September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Super duper cute! I love that a lot! Pink is truly talented.<br /><br />xo -E

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    September 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Awesome kiddo! Yes, that is the perfect zippy to contain your hexies!<br /><br />You did a great job on your pouch….add a handle and you have a fantastic and stylish bag!:)<br /><br />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&#39;s wedding and I keep putting it off because of the side sipper! Of course the power going out

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    Karen Pior
    September 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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

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    vintage grey
    September 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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

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    September 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

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

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    September 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Wowza! I&#39;d be speechless looking at that perfection also! You are one seriously lucky (and loved!) gal♥

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    September 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

    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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    cat and vee xoxo
    September 19, 2012 at 2:51 am

    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&#39;t tell you how many needles I&#39;ve broken by slamming them down onto the zipper foot 😛 . lovely blog post, thanks. Cat.

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      amy smart
      September 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

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

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    September 19, 2012 at 4:52 am

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

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    September 19, 2012 at 5:35 am

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

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    Katy Cameron
    September 19, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Oh the tiny hexies on the original are fab, so cute! Love your sophisticated version too, I&#39;m always really bad at not buying the sophisticated stuff!

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    September 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Gorgeous, what a lovely gift.

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    September 19, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Lookin&#39; good Ms. Amy! Looks like you had a wonderful day. LOVE that hexie pouch!

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    September 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

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

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    September 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

    It&#39;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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    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I&#39;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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    September 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Very cool! Loved the old adage you shared!

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    September 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    love your hexi pouch! beautiful really

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    Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts
    September 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    What size are these hexies? They&#39;re just tiny…

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      amy smart
      September 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I think that she used 1/2&quot; hexies. Aren&#39;t they the cutest?

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    September 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Awesome. My few friends and I used to get together and sew.. called it out sewing club. We haven&#39;t done so in a while but it was a lot of fun!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
    October 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    They look great and I&#39;m kinda digging some of those fabrics too which are out my normal palette too. <br />Your pouch that you received is adorable!

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