I was supposed to be* teaching some of my fellow guild mates how to insert zippers in pouches. Having been a garment sewist since I was in grade school, I have never feared zippers, but I understand others are not so fearless. So we “would have” addressed this elephant in the room for those who can’t fathom it. A great pattern for this is Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouch. And I love the variation of using two fabrics. I grabbed some scraps I won in a giveaway a while ago. I think this is Tula Pink? Not a fan, so I can’t really say. I didn’t even realize there are turtles in the image until I took these photos. LOL!
I made sure I could get a mirror of the image from the small scrap I had and then found a coordinating piece from a Fat Quarter. And then the fun began. I quilted a diamond pattern on the outer panels with batting and then used another Tula Pink scrap for the lining. It had to be pieced since the scrap wasn’t the perfect size. Use every bit! I put together some beads for the zipper pull and it was ready to go!
Or was it? Nope, I had to cover the other end of the zipper with a tab. And used the perfect tutorial to get a delightful tab! First I cut a scrap by lining up a certain flower to show on the public side of the tab. You want your element to fall in the middle of a 2″ piece, and be 2.5″ from the cut edge. You’ll see why this makes the perfect tab. Fold in the top and bottom ends to the middle, fold in the sides to the middle, press and fold it all in half and you get a piece that easily slides on the end of the zipper tape.
*The class was cancelled by the Guild because of the Corona Virus scare.