MCM #44 – A Better Zipper Pouch

Happy Monday!

Thanks so much for all the happy birthday wishes. I had a great day of sewing and a weekend with my hubby and boys, so I am one happy Momma.

My topic for Main Crush Monday this week is much the same as last week. I’m still working on items for the table I will have at a local craft show, and making good progress. Remember when I said I wasn’t terribly happy with the way the zip ends looked on theseย zipper pouches?

Zipper Pouches

Well, I spent some time experimenting and came up with an end that I like much better.

Zip End on Zipper Pouch

It has a much cleaner look to it and the top of the pouch doesn’t have that curve at each side.

Zipper Pouch

Now that I’ve found a method I like, I will be making several more of these pouches. The trick is to cut the zipper a little shorter than the width of the pouch, and adding a fabric tab to each end. Once I’ve made a few more and am more comfortable with this method, I’ll share my notes and measurements with you.

Let’s move on from the pouches!

These mums are on my back deck, and I love how pretty they are:

MumsWhen I have time, I’m going to use these colors as inspiration for a fall themed quilt. It might not get done until next fall, but hey, that’s okay, right?

Look how pretty these flowers are:

MumsThat’s it for my crushes for this week – zippers and mums! What are you crushing on? Before we see all your great projects, let’s look back at a few that linked up to our MCM party last week:

Sarah from Cedar Fork Stitches is seriously crushing on some Carolyn Friedlander fabric lines, and has started working on a ton of HST’s. CF is one of my favorite designers, so I’m definitely feeling Sarah’s crush!

Photo by Sarah of Cedar Fork Stitches

Photo by Sarah of Cedar Fork Stitches

Abby of Fluffy Puppy Quilt Works (don’t you love that blog name??) shared a tutorial on making a quilt block that is a real scrap buster! I think a large quilt of these blocks would look fantastic. The tutorial is well written and there are a ton of pictures to illustrate her instructions – go check it out!

Photo by Abby of Fluffy Puppy Quilt Works

Photo by Abby of Fluffy Puppy Quilt Works

Now it’s your turn to share what you are working on this week. What has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link any blog post, Instagram of Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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17 Responses to MCM #44 – A Better Zipper Pouch

  1. SarahZ says:

    Beth!!! Thanks for the “feature” ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel sew special! xoxo!

  2. Kate says:

    The zippers look very finished. So glad you got that part of the pattern worked out.

  3. helen says:

    I love a pot mum, lovely bright colours in autumn

  4. Bonnie in Va says:

    I’ve made several pouches with great success and one or two where I got creative and changed the size and had total failure. Yours are looking great. Keep plugging away on your inventory.

  5. Andree says:

    Hi Beth, I’m looking forward to learning how you finish those zippers. The bags look great!

  6. Beth, learning to make zipper pouches is on my sewing bucket list. I’ll be looking for your zippers tips post down the road.

  7. Q-Bits says:

    Those flowers sure are great inspiration for a quilt. Makes me want to go pull some fabrics out of the closet. Thanks!!!! Sally

  8. A Very Happy Belated Birthday to you!! Pretty little zipper pouch. I love mums! The ones on your back porch look lovely!


  9. Tish says:

    I think you need to do a one on one pouch class for me, so I can join the land of the 3D sewers ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you can help me figure out where I go wrong. I really like the new streamline look of these pouches. I’m crushing hard on those beautiful fall mums. I have a mini quilt that would look great beside them ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sandra says:

    I know what you mean about the pesky zipper ends! I first heard about adding zipper tabs from Nancy at Pug Mom quilts, and I made two pouches off Moda Bakeshop where they used them–excellent. Less bulk there. I still never can remember which side to push that little bit extra of the tab towards when sewing the lining and the bag pieces all together, but I think it’s towards the lining… Love your mums! I have two on my step that I just love too.

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  12. Karen Goad says:

    I have not had mums out in a long time. Haven’t a clue why, I just forget about them and this year we have been so busy working outside redoing the area by the driveway that I wouldn’t have space for them and would need to keep moving them. I love your zipper bag – it looks like it turned out really well to me.

  13. Paige says:

    Your pouches are fantastic! Finishing details can sometimes make all the difference! The colorful mums would be great inspiration for a fall themed quilt! And…Happy Belated Birthday and thank you for hosting MCM!

  14. Nann says:

    That is a nice way to finish the zipper. Good for you for persisting! We’ve had a “green” autumn. I may be raking leaves at Thanksgiving!

  15. Your zipper pouches look great Beth and your flowers are breathtaking! Belated happy birthday wishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Figuring out details like how to get the zipper right on the pouches can be such a satisfying thing. I hope the next few you make work just as well. And those mums would make a fantastic inspiration for a fall quilt! ๐Ÿ™‚

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