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A Dozen Zippers

Ever since I made my Sew Together Bag and filled it up with art supplies, Ellery has been coveting it. She'll come into my room, actually hug the bag, give me puppy dog eyes, and ask, "Will you make me one......pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease?". So, I decided to make her one for Christmas. Well that didn't happen. So, I decided to make her one after Christmas. And, I might as well go ahead and make one for Anna also while I'm at it. And, why not make one for Anna's best friend's birthday, too?

This week I have been a one-woman Sew Together Bag assembly line.

There are 12 zippers that picture, people. 12. I don't like sewing zippers. No one likes sewing zippers. But, I did it.

For Anna's Star Wars fanatic best friend-

I had a hard time letting this one go. The blueprint fabric? The R2D2's inside the pockets? I love it.

For Anna-

Extreme amounts of girlyness for my girly-girl. Tbe outside butterfly is from my friend Mary's stash. No idea what it is but I love it- especially with the polka-dot binding fabric. Inside the pockets are some Heather Ross kitties and flowers plus some gold metallic arrows. There was definite squealing when she unzipped them.

For Ellery-

The cutest rain cloud fabric ever and some brightly colored pockets. I've decided I like doing different colors for the inner zippers- that way you can find what you need without having to unzip all the pockets- as long as you remember which color pocket you put it in in the first place.

It's going to be a little while before I feel up to conquering any more zippers. If you're up for the challenge, though, the pattern can be purchased here. Heather's awesome sew-a-long and photo tutorial for the pattern is here. I did a few things differently. I followed Crazy Mom Quilts zipper modifications. I also decided on my 9th zipper or so that life was too short to try and wrestle the zipper pull under my walking foot constantly. Instead I'd sew halfway along the zipper, pull out my project, cut the thread, unzip or zip my zipper as needed, and then sew the other half. Sure, it wasted some thread but it made my life so much easier.

Now I'm at a bit of a loss. Christmas is over. Christmas presents and late Christmas presents have been wrapped up. No one I know is pregnant or engaged at the moment. What the heck do I sew next?


Linda said…
What an achievement to make three gorgeous bags. All those zips - it would scare me off doing the project! Love your colour and fabric choices. The different coloured zips are good fun.

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