The April challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors was self-directed, so I chose to learn a new skill. I made a boxy pouch and sewed my first zipper! Gold star for me! Let’s take a look at what this project entailed.
Since we could use any fabric that was included in our first shipment, I chose to work with the Mystery Collection – designed by Claudia Pfeil of Claudia Pfeil Designs. It has gorgeous shades of blue, green and purple.
My friend Donna, of www.sewingsquares.com, just happened to be having a class featuring her Blossom Box Pouch, so I knew I would be in good hands as I attempted my first zipper project. [If you hurry, you can join her next class on April 24! Which is the 23rd here in the US…check a time zone converter.]
Preparing the quilted fabric
First, I used my Accuquilt Go! to cut 2-1/2″ strips.
Then I pieced smaller units so that I had a wide variety of colors and prints in my bag.
For the quilting step, I switched to a Schmetz 90/40 Quilting needle and Aurifil 40-weight thread.
Straight line quilting was a fast and easy option for this project. Here you see my quilting lines on the solid fabric, which becomes the lining of my bag.
Sewing my first zipper
Then, I followed the pattern to cut my quilted piece into the correct shape.
Time for my first zipper – this was the scary part. I had heard many people complain about sewing with zippers so I avoided it forever.
But, there was really nothing to worry about. I used a zipper foot on my machine and sewed the zipper to the edge of the bag using a zig-zag stitch. I did not have the right sides facing, so you do see a raw edge on the finished bag. Lesson learned for next time!
The next step was to sew the ends closed, which felt like magical origami.
Now I have a cute little pouch, and I conquered my fear to sew my first zipper.
What should I make next?!? Tell me all about your experiences with zippers! I am excited to make all sorts of bags now that I have this new sewing skill.