6/22/15

Conquering Zippers

I think I have finally gotten over my fear of sewing zippers. I watched a lot of you tube videos and read a lot of tips on blogs and felt confident enough to give it a go... The first zippered pouch was a disaster. I stitched the zipper on pretty well, it was just that I should have cut the pouch fabric a little bigger so I could cut it once it was stitched together to square it up. That first attempt is in the trash... Totally frustrated I pulled out a stapler and some duct tape and made these two bags. No sewing involved at all. Baby steps...
These were super easy to make, and turned out super cute. I see myself making a lot more of these in the future. 
With two zippered pouches under my belt... I went back to my sewing machine and made this... Ta-da! My first successful zippered pouch!

Loved the fabric so I made a little flat zippered pouch too. Fully lined of course...

Over the weekend I bought another stack of fabric for the whopping sum of $2.00.
I pulled out this blue fabric thinking it looked like Van Gogh's Starry Night painting...

While doing research on sewing zippers, I came across some tutorials on adding fabric to each end of the zipper and then using that fabric to stitch together to whatever your making. Here you can see the triangle shaped lighter fabric that I stitched on the ends of the zipper.
 I have not mastered zippers-- yet, but I feel well on my way to not being intimidated by the little suckers.
 I have a board on Pinterest called "Zippered Pouches" If your needing some inspiration to conquer sewing zippers, I suggest you check it out.
big hugs,

8 comments:

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

They all look great to me. I need to conquer sewing before I try zippers. HA! Best wishes, Tammy

Jeanie said...

I just admire that you sew at all. Zippers would be WAY out of my league!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you conquered the zipper, and with great results. Back in the days when I sewed, I always had a battle with zippers.

Conniecrafter said...

You have found the cutest fabric to make these with, love the triangle one. I too am afraid of zippers and have found a few tutorials on putting them in and will be trying some day ;) I would say you have it down now!!

Sandee Walsh said...

Well...I think they are wonderful and who doesn't need a time or two to make something perfect? LOL And the zipper tutorial is right on...I used to sew more (now just for art) but I remember the ZIPPER truama too! If you want to do a hidden one just sew up the seam and then put the zipper teeth on the center inside of the seam, then sew on each side of the teeth but you need a zipper foot as I remember and those are more for clothes where you don't want to see the zipper. I love the way yours came out and the zipper adds even more personality. Thanks for all you do and all you are, my friend!
Hugs

handmade by amalia said...

Good for you! I've yet to climb that particular mountain.
Amalia
xo

Janine said...

Congrats! These are looking great :)

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Wow, these are great! You have lovely sewing skills! I would not be brave enough to show my sewing attempts online, lol! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your thoughts behind, always appreciated! Have a blessed and wonderful day!