This zippered bag is such a useful design, and easy to make. And I have plenty of fabrics and interfacing on hand. And last night I had some time in sewing room, but didn’t feel up to any more free-motion quilting on the current project. So I pulled some fave prints and got to work. I thought: “I’ll just get a start on it,” …. and, “might as well sew up the exterior pieces,”… and then “I suppose I could get the zipper done,” and next thing I knew it was almost pillow time and I’d made the whole thing.
Helped that I’m familiar with zips and gussets, and that I’d made this specific bag several times before, and didn’t have to puzzle my way through the denser parts of the instructions.
As you can see I got slightly creative by adding a third fabric to the exterior. Easy enough to do, although it creates one more seam line to match up carefully at the top. The interior fabric ate up a fat quarter of this pretty print. To me it looks like an abstract cherry blossom, and when I bought it I thought I’d use it up quickly. Unfortunately, although it looks great close up, from a distance the colors and print merge into a sick-looking fleshy mauve which is rather awful. It’s best here, where it will only be viewed at close quarters.
I made the ”large” size this time, BTW. It’s okay in quilting weight cotton with the woven Pelon 101 interfacing, but next time I’ll use a stiffer interfacing (or maybe fusible fleece) for this size; it’s a little floppy empty.
I’d hoped this would be a good size to hold my zipper stash, and it is. I ordered a ridiculous number of zippers in assorted colors and sizes from this Etsy vendor a few months back. It’s going to take me years (possibly decades!) to use them all, so in the meantime all those pretty zips need a home. Now they’ve got one.
What are you keeping in your origami bag(s)?