Today I'm reviewing a zippy pouch pattern as part of Jennifer of Ellison Lane's The Crafty Traveler series.
It should be noted that I sew quilts. And pretty much only quilts. I can tackle an easy pillow. And curtains are a cinch. But anything with a zipper is waaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone. Like if I'm Earth then sewing a zipper is at least three galaxies away.
But, one thing I've wanted to add to my traveling gear is a few zippered pouches to hold things like cosmetics, my small video camera, and cell phone and tablet chargers. So, I looked around on the Internet with the search words "cosmetic case pattern" and then chose one from the much trusted source of Sew Mama Sew. The pattern I chose is the Sew Spoiled Cosmetic Case by Leah Williams. The free PDF of this pattern can be found here.
The pattern calls for fabric, interfacing and a zipper. I wanted to make mine a quilted zipper pouch instead of just interfaced fabric so as to have the additional padded protection for my video camera. I made that alteration on my own.
Look!! That is the first time my zipper foot has ever been on my sewing machine. In fact, I needed my machine manual to even identify the zipper foot.
Anyway, the pattern's written instructions were clear but I was super glad that there were so many close up photos included with the pattern to show me exactly what to do.
The numerous photos in the pattern is what I credit for the success of my zipper installation.
The bag came together well but certainly doesn't look as professional as the pattern photos of the completed project. I blame that solely on my choice to have quilted outer fabric panels, as I think that the interfaced fabric would have made the construction easier. Plus, the trapezoid shape doesn't translate very well to a quilted version and I wish I had just made it rectangular instead. That being said, however, I am kinda proud of myself for tackling a zipper and this bag will be a welcome addition to my traveling luggage arsenal.
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