Sunday, 26 October 2008

Zippity doo dah

Once upon a time I had a trusty Singer sewing machine that made straight stitches and zigzags and on which I made bags and ballgowns and all manner of prettiness - as long as it didn't need buttonholes, and as long as I could sew zips in by hand. A couple of years ago I convinced Mr DC that I really needed to be able to do free motion quilting and lose my fear of buttons - and oh, by the way, it would be fun to get to grips with zips too.

Look what I can do now!



Instructions for a basic boxy zip pouch are given by Three Bears, but I've added tags and linings and changed the proportions to make pencil cases as the take home gifts for Tiny Small's birthday. The middle sized pouches are good for make up or tiny sewing kits, and the really weeeeeeny one holds a hair bobble or two and slides onto the end of a little hairbrush so it's always ready for ballet class.

23 comments:

  1. They look gorgeous! It's brilliant once you know how to do zips isn't it? Lucy xx

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  2. Some very fancy work there Missus D.C. Princess C-W has a birthday party looming and I was thinking perhaps that sort of bag would be triffic as a party bag.

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  3. oooo very impressive :-) love the little one its so cute! I have a sewing machine on my xmas list....
    Lesley x

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  4. Would it be ok if I stood up and said "My name's Kitty and I'm scared of zips" *blush*

    I'm off to look at that tutorial now.

    Your zippy bags are fab.

    x

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  5. They're great, and what a fab idea to give as take home presents. Tiny Small's friends are lucky girlies/boys. If someone fails to turn up and you have one left over, you could always take it along to one of your PTA meetings ;)
    Jane. x

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  6. If I start taking ballet lessons, may I please have one of those tiny jobbies that fit onto hairbrushes? They're too fab! (Congrats on conquering zippage!)

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  7. Those bags are fabulous - I really must get to grips with making zipped pouches!

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  8. you clever sausage!!!
    I am also a little afraid of zips - I can do zips in flat things, but not zips in things that go rounded, like those. I am in awe.

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  9. my machine has a zip foot but I'm much too scared to try it...... maybe next year....

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  10. I think that if MissM had had a tiny bag for ballet pins etc our life would have been a lot less stressful.

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  11. I've not progressed beyond the Singer sewing machine that was my Gran's - no zig-zag or reverse, just plain straight stitches powered by my right arm - it's the ultimate Green Machine! It has a box of fabulous attachments that do clever stuff like frills and tucks - I'll get them out and blog about them one day. I don't remember having a problem putting in a zip (!!!?)

    Celia

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  12. Those are wonderful bags!! The whole zip thing isn't so bad once you get stuck in...and it does help to have a reliable machine. Love the long, squared shape of these bags--good for so many things. And thanks for the link! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  13. Oooh they're lovely! I love the weeny one :-)

    Once you get over the zip-fear they really are great to include in your sewing.

    I'm going to have to check out that tutorial too!

    xxx

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  14. they're lovely (especially the teeny tiny one) and I'm very jealous of your sewing prowess - zips scare the pants off me!

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  15. You are very clever, well done. Teeny tiny version is pretty darn cute.

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  16. I'm impressed - very cute.

    The daft thing is that I put a zipper on a dress last year, no problem. Didn't even find out how to do it first. But then I read that people are scared of zippers and now I'm a little nervous to attempt it again. I have had that tutorial bookmarked for ages.

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  17. At this rate you are going to need to write a sequel to your book! They're lovely, by the way.

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  18. I love your bags, especially the tiny spotty one! I always had a dread of zips and button holes too, my phobia has easied since using consealed zips in clothes.

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  19. thank you for pointing this out,I hate the construction but so this will make life easier.

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  20. Yours look great. But can you not post these things that make me want to make some of them it means my to do list will get even longer. I can think of so many things I could use these for, not sure my zips would look so neat as yours

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  21. Hello Liz - I doubt anyone would be daft enough to offer me money to write a book - and if they were I suspect I could think of more deserving causes ;-)

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  22. Hello Petticoat Lane Jane - I've just resigned from the PTA so I shan't get the chance to bash them with a pencil case after all ;-)

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  23. I'm so impressed with your zips. I still haven't managed to insert one properly! And the little pouch for hair slides is such a brilliant idea. K x

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