Quilt Now Little Zippy Pouch Tutorial::: how to add zipper tabs

Hello everyone! How are you all? I’m very excited to have a project – the Little Zippy Pouch – in Issue 9 of Quilt Now, which came out this week.

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch is available to download now and includes two sizes!

I had lots of fun working it out and, measuring around 5″ (h) x 8″ (w) x 3″ (d) it’s the perfect size for carrying make-up around although I think it could also make a fab project bag. 

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I made another Little Zippy Pouch for a friends birthday last week and added zip tabs and thought I’d put up a tutorial just in case you would like to add them too.

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To Make the Zipper Tabs you will need;

  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 4″ fabric
  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 4″ interfacing   

Make the Zipper Tabs

Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the zipper tabs. Cut into (4) 1″ strips along the long side  

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Optional – secure the open end of the zip together with a few stitches.  

Taking two zipper tabs, place them right side together, sandwiching the zipper in between. Make sure that they are just on the other side if the metal zipper tabs so that sewing machine needle doesn’t get broken!!!  

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Secure in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance. I also completed another line of stitches at 1/8″ for extra strength. Trim the zip.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Fold the zipper tabs back so that they are wrong sides together. Finger press/iron. Topstitch.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

To add a tab to the other end of the zipper, use a ruler to measure 16 1/2″ from the end of the zipper tab that you’ve just made and mark the zip.  

Follow previous steps for adding the zipper tab. Once everything has been trimmed and top-stitched the zip should measure 17 1/2″ in total from end to end.  

Continue with the instructions for making the bag as detailed in the pattern.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip for a Little Zippy Pouch

If you would like to make your own Little Zippy Pouch, the pattern is available now with more detailed instructions and includes two sizes.

For even more tips, you can follow the Zippy Pouch Along here;

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. And if you make one please use the hashtag #littlezippypouch as I’d love to see them all!

Have a great weekend,  

Sx  

Today’s sky – overcast and miserable

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A Scraptastic Quilt!

Oh my gosh, time is flying by at the moment. A few weeks were spent mainly looking after poorly children……we’ve managed a fairly impressive three weeks of successional illnesses. But Hurrah! I think we’ve come out the other side of it now – yay!

Now it’s all the Christmas mayhem of plays, disco’s and the like to navigate – along with some last minute pressie making – and then I’m on the home straight!

One of the things I’ve been itching to tell you about for ages is my latest project – the Scraptastic Quilt – in Quilt Now (Issue 5).

Scraptastic Quilt by fabricandflowers, a modern quilt in Quilt Now, Issue 5

It almost seems daft talking about it now as the next issue is due out in a week or so, but this is the secret sewing that I was working on over the summer and is the biggest quilt I’ve ever made coming in at 80″ square so I feel it warrants a mention!

I have a real love of scrap quilts – I always admire how people put so many different colours together and BAM! it looks amazing – but have never actually made one myself.

I’m just too much of a perfectionist and control freak to feel comfortable throwing fabrics together – I always second guess myself as to whether or not those colours really will work together in the end.

When I designed Scraptastic, I threw in lots of background/neutral squares to help balance out all the other crazy colours. 

Scraptastic Quilt by fabricandflowers, a modern quilt in Quilt Now, Issue 5

The quilt is made up by making two different sized blocks (lots of each, obviously!) which are then pieced together with partial seams/step-down piecing. It sounds scary, but it really isn’t….this was my first attempt (honestly!).

Scraptastic Quilt on Trudi Woods quilting frame for some special quilting!

I had a chat with the lovely Trudi at FQ Retreat and sent her Scraptastic to work her magic on and WOW! She really did the most amazing job!!! It really made the quilt I think.

I can’t wait for this quilt to come home from the magazine so that I can put it on our bed and snuggle now that the weather is getting colder!!!!  

If you have lots of scraps, Issue 5 of Quilt Now really is packed full of lovely projects (and I’m not just saying that!) that I want to try out, especially the scrap baskets!  

See you soon,  

S x

Todays sky ● mostly sunny but cold!

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Teardrop Mini

Have you all had a great weekend? Ours has been pretty good as they go – we even managed some relaxing!!!

So, today I’m going to share with you some secret sewing that I’ve been doing! It’s taken me a while to blog about because to be honest I was so excited about it happening and then once it did I wasn’t quite sure how to talk about it, so hopefully I’ll do a good job!

A little while ago, I submitted an idea to Quilt Now for a mini quilt/cushion cover and now you can find it in Issue 3! Eeeeep! Although just a little strange to see my face in a magazine!  

It’s a mini quilt, with the blocks constructed using foundation paper-piecing. I got to play with some Alison Glass Field Day as the feature fabrics and mixed in low-volume fabrics for the background.

It’s finished with a mix of machine and hand quilting and I controversially bound it in brown (shock-horror!). 

The most amazing thing was that the issue arrived Saturday morning and on Sunday evening Jennie posted a picture of her already finished Teardrop Mini quilt top – so speedy and it made my day that someone had liked the pattern enough to make it!!!!!

Oh, and looking through my pictures vs. the magazine I’ve realised that I need a professional photographer on call at all times to make my projects look amazing………!!!!!!  

See you soon,   

S x  

Today’s sky ● gloriously blue!!!

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