Baby boy zipper pouch

Need a place to keep all your tiny essentials on the go?  These little baby boy zipper pouches are the perfect size to keep in your purse or help organize your diaper bag.  There’s no such thing as having too many zipper pouches!  Use fun fabrics your little one will love to look at (and probably want to open)!  I have one that I keep little toys, a brush and other random kid friendly stuff in, and Des has more fun trying to open and close the zipper than pay attention to what’s inside!

The main fabric on the outside of the bag is Dwell Studio and the lining is from Heather Bailey’s Lottie Da collection.  The contrasting fabric on the outside is waxed canvas.  I love waxed canvas fabrics.  The textured imperfections are just beautiful.  I’ve been dying to make something out of waxed canvas for a while and wanted to start with something small.  This little project was perfect.  You have to be careful when sewing with this kind of canvas because it doesn’t feed as easily through a machine as regular canvas.  If you choose to add waxed canvas to your project, make sure you use at least a size 16 needle and feed it carefully through your machine.

These instructions are for a 7 inch by almost 4 inch finished pouch, but you can make it bigger if you like.

To make a pouch like this one, you will need the following pieces of fabric:

2 – 8 inch by 4 inch pieces of main fabric

2 – 8 inch by 3 inch pieces of contrasting fabric

2 – 8 inch by 6 inch pieces of lining fabric

You also need a 7 inch zipper and coordinating thread.

Step 1: With right sides together, sew your main fabric to your contrasting fabric to make the outside panels of your pouch.

Step 2: Press your seams open.  Note: Do not iron directly on waxed canvas!  It will destroy your beautiful fabric! It’s best to not iron it all, but if you do, use a press cloth over your canvas.  

Step 3: To attach your zipper, place your zipper and one of your front panels right sides together.  Make sure to position your zipper so that the beginning and end silver stops of the zipper are centered on your fabric.  You will want to use the zipper foot that goes with your machine.  It will make the process a million times easier!

Step 4: I usually center the zipper foot between the teeth of the zipper and the edge of my fabric.  Place your needle close to the teeth of your zipper, but it doesn’t have to be right up against the side of the teeth.  It’s okay for there to be a slight amount of space in between the foot and the teeth.  If you sew too close to the teeth, it will make it difficult to open and close your zipper.  As you sew, you will need to move the zipper out of the way of your machine zipper foot.

Step 5: Now it’s time to sew the lining fabric to the zipper that goes with the main panel you just attached.  Place your lining fabric on top of the zipper, so that the zipper is sandwiched in between the main panel and lining fabrics.  The two fabrics should positioned with right sides together.  You will not be able to see the zipper as you sew, so turn your project over so that you see the wrong side of your main panel.  You should be able to see your stitches from where you attached the zipper to your main panel.  Sew on top of those stitches through all 3 layers (main panel, zipper and lining).  Make sure to hold the layers together as you sew to prevent any shifting.

Step 6: On the right side of your main panel, topstitch just below the zipper teeth through all three layers to keep your fabrics from catching in your zipper.

Step 7: Repeat steps 3-6 with the other side of your zipper and 2 pieces of fabric.

Step 8: On the bottom edge of to main panels, cut out a square that measures 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches.  Repeat with the bottom edge of your lining pieces.

Step 9: With right sides together match the seams on the front and back main panels together and pin them.

Step 10: Open your zipper halfway.  Lay your project out with the two main panels facing right sides together and your two lining pieces right sides together.  Pin around all the outside edges except where you cut out the squares in each bottom corner.  Sew with a 5/8 inch seam allowance down the two sides of your project.  Be careful when you get to your zipper teeth.  You will probably need to get as close to the teeth as you can and then lift your needle and pressure foot to move your zipper past the needle.

Step 11:  Sew with a 5/8 inch seam allowance along the bottom edges to attach your main panels together.  Repeat with the two lining pieces, but leave a 4 inch opening to turn the pouch inside out when you finish.  Remember: Do not sew the edges of your “square.”

Step 12: Take one corner “square” and pinch it together so that the seam from one side and the seam from the bottom are lined up.  Pin it and sew along the raw edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Repeat with the other 3 “squares.” Step 13: Turn your pouch inside out and sew the opening in your lining closed by hand.

Boxy Cosmetic Bag with Sashiko stitching

One of my sewing goals for this year is to make at least 10 new projects that I’ve never attempted before.  I’m hoping that I can learn some new sewing skills and master some old ones!  It’s only the middle of January, and I’ve already got one project down: A boxy cosmetic bag!

To tell you the truth, I was always kind of hesitant about making one of these, because who wouldn’t be intimidated by a zipper with a lining and boxy edges?  First go round… Yeah, I wanted to chuck it and find a new project, but I loved the way the chambray fabric and Elizabeth Olwen print made it look.  So, I tried again.

And I can barely stand how adorable it is!  I’m going to have a really hard time giving this one away!  I added some Sashiko stitching on the chambray fabric and sealed its fate as the cutest cosmetic bag!  Don’t you just love those sweet stitches!

Oh, and did you notice the zipper?  The chunky, metal teeth add a little more charm to this boxy cosmetic case.  For some reason, the metal zippers add a little more appeal than the plastic ones.  Is that just me?

The bag measures 4.5 inches by 7.5 inches, and it is 5.5 inches tall.  It has plenty of room to store all your cosmetics when you travel.  When you’re home, it’s pretty enough to sit on your bathroom counter and hide away the clutter that tends to gather around the sink.

If I’m feeling adventurous, I plan to make a tutorial for this project.  You know you really want to make these for all your friends!  Or maybe just make a few for yourself!

New Year Sale in our Etsy shop

Come celebrate the beginning of 2015 with us!  We’re having a New Year SALE in our Etsy shop! Just use the code NEWYEAR when you checkout and receive 20% off!

Have a new little one and need a few burp cloths?  You can never have too many!

What about a sweet bib?  The linen bib is a perfect heirloom gift for any wee one!

Or a pretty little floral one for some little darling babe?

This is your chance to snatch up some Busy Baby Book kits too! You don’t really want to have to hunt for all your supplies, do you?  They’re all in the kit for you!

This bright, happy baby quilt is a perfect play mat for indoors or out!  Des and I love having picnics in the house in the winter!

Don’t forget about the custom message banners and kits!

Sale ends January 16th!  Happy Shopping!

 

 

Free download: Mini 2015 calendar!

Hope your new year is off to a fantastic start!  You’re probably tired of people saying how wonderful 2014 was, and how they hope 2015 will also be great, well… It was, and let’s hope. Here’s a free download gift from me to you to start your new year off.  It’s just a day late, but that’s what happens when you think of creating mini calendars on December 29th!


These mini calendars are little enough that you could find a spot for them in any room of the house.  I love the simple design and the “stitches” that go across the top.  (I had to throw some “sewing” in there!) If you wanted, you could take some thick thread and sew across the stitches.  It would add pretty texture to each page!

They are available for download in either black and white or color.  Just click on the one you prefer or download both!

Download the mini calendars in color here

Download the mini calendars in black and white here

Happy New Year!

 

Note: There are trim marks in the PDF to help you cut the calendars to the appropriate size.  Printing on cardstock will give you a nice, crisp look!

Easy DIY Flannel Blankets

Christmas is just around the corner!  Here’s a quick DIY gift for that someone who’s always cold!  Some of us just can’t get warm in the winter and need blankets in every seat of the house.  Flannel blankets are perfect!  Even though flannel isn’t super thick, it’s still cozy and easy to wrap around you.

I picked up some flannel on sale at a local craft store and whipped up some blankets in about an hour.  Seriously.  An hour… And that includes chasing after a one year old at the same time.  Here’s how you can make a few easy DIY flannel blankets too:

Materials:

– 2 yards of any flannel fabric

-coordinating thread

Step 1: Prewash your fabrics (always a good idea for any sewing project) and square up your fabric.  I usually just fold my fabric into fourths and even up the sides.  It’s not necessarily a square…. just even around the sides.

Step 2: Serge around all four edges.  I used the rolled hem stitch on my serger, but you can use the basic overlock stitch.  If you don’t have a serger, a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine will work too.

That’s it.  You’re finished!  How easy was that?  Once you make one, you can make one for every room in the house because you’ll want to!

Busy Baby Book Embroidery Kits!

Busy Baby Book Embroidery Kits are here!  They are up in my SHOP!

Aren’t these Busy Baby Book Designs from A Bit of Stitch just the cutest!  Evy made one for Des a while back, and he loves it!  Each page has a different hands on activity.  The two embroidery kits listed in the shop feature the tree page and the monster page.  These kits are perfect for stitching out your project quickly! You don’t have to go searching for fabrics and zippers because it’s already done for you!

Each tree kit includes the background fabric, brown and green felt, black woven stabilizer, a 3 x 3 piece of EasyStitch and a piece of black cotton fabric backed with fusible webbing.

Each monster kit includes the background fabric, pink or red zipper, fabric for the eyes backed with fusible webbing and background fabric for the teeth backed with fusible webbing.

You may purchase the kit with or without the designs and choose between a red or a pink zipper.

These books are perfect for babies and toddlers. These sweet books will keep them busy when you need a little quiet time. They’re also great for road trips and playing with around the house.