zippered pouches ~ peaceful n’ thoughtful

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good morning ~

here’s the continuing love story i’m having with making the zippy pouches, using jelly roll fabric cuts.  this time from basic grey in neutrals.  {such a fun change for me!}

because… as i was cleaning up studio from last week’s sewing fiesta, i found some great ribbons and buttons to use for this color way of designs.

and it was satisfying to use a foot that is a dream to put to work sewing on buttons ~ it’s the bernina #18 button-sew-on foot.  and i love it!  

my bernina machine has a special “button-sew-on” stitch, too.  it automatically drops the feed dogs, and all you do is press the foot pedal… that is, after ensuring your needle and width fits the two holes in the buttons.  the machine stops automatically when it is finished, and it takes securing stitches, too, leaving some ‘wiggle-room’ space for the button, should it be used on a shirt for practical needs.

it’s a pretty “peaceful” process!

and, as you can see below, i added the word “be” to this bag, as in “be peaceful.”  {yes and amen!}

and just a simple little checkered ribbon for the pull:

this is the second bag in the same color way, except for the addition of the turquoise batik.  love this!!  especially since i was able to use scraps leftover from making rachel’s placemats.

button~button… who’s got the button? it’s a dive into a pretty jar full of buttony goodness to find it~!

 one thing about doing two bags at the same time, in the same colorway… i stitched the zipper enclosures at the same time…. leaving a nice big tail at the back and the front to keep from unnecessary thread entanglements!  {i don’t appreciate that drama!}  hint:  make sure at least one side of the feed dogs is solidly under at least most of the fabric.  hold onto the thread tails when you begin, too… {and a straight-stitch plate is very nice for this part of the sewing}.

tips:  line up your ruler with the center seam and point of the bag, in order to ensure a great seam meet-up.  

i free motion quilted the words, “she is thoughtful” on this bag, using magnifico thread ~ my favorite.

did you happen to catch the additional embellishment using silver dazzle thread {also from superior threads}? using that favorite and oh-so-easy, and quite lovely #39 couching foot ~ aka the clear embroidery foot from bernina.  i think it adds that special touch… {but it may be just me?!} you know if you’ve been reading my blog… i use this alot.  alot!   too bad it was a cloudy day, and the metallic thread isn’t picking up the shine, like it does for real.

and they make a lovely duo of zippy strippy bags:

 my zippy pouches are now listed in the etsy store, too! 

so thanks for hanging out with me and my bags!!  lol
blessings on your day!

Comments 6

  1. I love your bags, especially all those little details! I'm curious about whether you buy your zippers locally or if you order. I'm not happy with the quality of my locally purchased ones.

  2. Love the bags, Leslie. Love the fabrics and embellishments you made.
    Best about reading this post is: I learned to use the button sew on ability on my Singer 401a to tack quilts, an easier finish than quilting on my domestic machine. Maybe I can use that to finish off some of the bigger UFOs I've been afraid to quilt.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. So, so cute!!! And love the tips too 🙂 I can see I'm going to have to start looking for some interesting buttons to add to my stash 🙂

  4. Dear Leslie,

    wonderful little bags – and I like the little gimmicks on them. That makes them so interessing.

    Greetings, Rike

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