We have a local quilt store that has classes. I haven't taken any in years, but I still get the newsletter and look to see what they are offering. This month they are having a class to make Bridget's Bagettes. They are little zipper pouches with a clear vinyl window.
I thought they would be useful to make and have. So, I was planning to sign up for the class. Then I thought that I didn't need to pay $25 to take the class, I could just buy the pattern and do it on my own.
I went online to see what the pattern cost. Then, I thought that they looked pretty simple and I think I could figure out how to make it on my own. I planned to get some vinyl at Jo-Ann's while I was there for something else.
On my way to drop off Anna somewhere and then continue on to Jo-Ann's, we saw a sign for a yard sale and stopped. I saw a pile of clear vinyl lying on the ground in the form of a hanging shoe bag (with loops, not pockets). The lady said I could have it for 25 cents. O.k. great! Now I had the vinyl.
The pattern above uses fat quarters to make the bags but I thought I would like to make mine with a heavier fabric. While I was at Jo-Ann's I found some home decorator fabric that was on sale and I got some zippers. I was all set.
This week I finally started working on the commission piece I need to complete. But while working on it, my mind was distracted by trying to figure out how to make the little bag. I eventually stopped working on the commission piece and started working on the bags.
My first attempt did not work out well because I saw that the home decorator fabric was a little too heavy to do those nice folded over edges in the picture above. I tried to work with it another way and it was a mess. I un-sewed it.
I decided I needed to figure out a different way to make it with my fabric and went searching for ideas online. I found this tutorial. But I didn't want the zipper on the edge or the vinyl going all the way to the edge and seeing the raw edge on the inside. All I took from that tutorial was making the little tabs at the end of the zipper they way she did it.
Then, I figured I would just make up my own way to do it. The second attempt is actually functional, but a little sloppy because I needed to trim the fabric seams more than I did.
Anna told me she needed a new pencil bag. So, my third attempt is much neater looking and is for her.
The zippers on both of these are 9" long. They are fairly large. But I thought it would be good to hold sewing projects for travel, as I usually just use Ziploc baggies.
I hope to make up a little tutorial sometime and post it here for you. I will also get some smaller zippers and make a different size.
Now that my brain has solved that problem, I can get back to work!