Saturday, July 25, 2015

Open Wide Zippered Pouch and The Pepper Tote

In a rash of uncharacteristic behavior, I decided to create a zipper pouch and coordinating tote. I'm a wimp, and quilts are my comfort zone. It would be a wrongful assumption to think that, because I can quilt, I know something about bags or zippers. Things that aren't flat are scary in my book. That being said, all my whimpering and sniveling went to waste after all, because it turned out to be a quick and painless process. 
I used Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch, because it seems everyone is making one. That many folks can't be wrong. Right? Do you want to see how it opens? Perhaps if you scroll down through the next three photos really fast, it'll seem like action footage.
Okay, I'm pretty sure that didn't work, but appreciate you humoring me, all the same.
For the tote, I employed the free Pepper Tote pattern by Clover and Violet. And, what do you know, it actually worked! I also love the plentiful pockets.
I highly recommend these patterns because, if I can do it, you can do it. This time, I'm not bluffing (like when I told you that nonsense about action footage). Promise!
I used Cotton + Steel fabrics including Metallic Arrows in Navy (zippy pouch in first picture), Home Decor Canvas in Mustang Gold (tote exterior), Moonlit Tangrams in Navy (tote pocket), and Daisies in Teal (tote interior).

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  1. Afton, I'm so proud of you! After all, Sewing a tote is just a quilt sandwich w/a zipper:) I love Noodlehead patterns too...Anna is so cool w/her instructions, it feels like she's sitting beside you the whole time, w/her encouraging words and tips.
    Thanks for sharing your open wide zip pouch and Pepper tote. I expect you'll make many more because they are easy and fun!


  2. These ar just lovely, and such fun fabric choices too. I have to admit to making far more bags than quilts these days. A girl can never have too many bags, and I often make them for presents too. x

  3. Great job venturing into the world of 3d objects! They are really nice bags. Thanks for the link to the pouch, I'm going to make that soon, I think!

  4. I love that! as soon as I get home from vacay, I'm making one! Thanks for sharing.

  5. They turned out awesome for you first zipper foray!

  6. They look great! You can never have too many bags (or pouches)... :)


  7. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    A Round Tuit 269
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Sweet, love the noodlehead tuts.

  9. I scrolled really quickly and I saw movement - maybe that was the horse's mane in the wind.
    Glad to hear that zipper fear has been conquered. The hardest bit is the tabby thingy on the open-wide pouches, so if you later sew zippers without those it will be far, far easier.