Monday, April 16, 2012

Zippy

Have you tried zipper tabs yet?  You know, those little tabs of fabric that sit at the top of a zipper pouch to hide the ends?  You probably have.  I think I'm the very last one to finally give it a go!  LOVED it.

happy zipper tabs

Let's see - it hardly takes any fabric.  I just grabbed some scraps from my "tiny" bin and didn't even cut them to a particular size.  Also, it's completely easy.  I think it makes sewing zippers more beginner-friendly?  Definitely a happier, neater outcome for sure.

lined with High Society print by Khristian Howell

I used a tutorial on Make it Perfect.  Only problem was that the tutorial is designed to work with two separate outer rectangles that are sewn together with a seam at the bottom to form the pouch.  I wanted to use a long rectangle of reverse applique, I had made by hand a la Alabama Chanin.  This was to be my last Curves Class camper gift.  Since I hadn't worked the reverse applique piece into any finished object, I asked the recipient what she would prefer and she selected a zip pouch.  So anyways, I had to finagle the lining as best I could to make this piece work with the tutorial, but it wasn't the tutorial's fault.  I'll definitely be doing zipper tabs again.

Zippy a la Alabama Chanin

Here, here for zipper tabs!  Yes, it's the little things in life.

Alabama Chanin DIY kit!

Hope you had a great weekend!  I did receive my Alabama Chanin DIY Kit, but I'm going to have to wait on showing more until I make a little change to the lining fabric.  Cross your fingers that I don't ruin anything...  Have a great day!

21 comments:

  1. cute pouch rachel. i love the reverse applique. your zipper tabs look perfect!

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  2. Hi Rachel, I haven't tried the tabs, but I might just give it a try, it really looks neat! Thanks for sharing the link with it too! Your pouch looks pretty with the reverse applique!

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    1. Oh, good, I'm glad the link is helpful. And thanks for the reverse applique love, everyone =)

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  3. I'll have to give the tabs a try since it gives such a finished look in the end. Reverse appliqué is wonderful, lucky partner

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  4. I've tried a couple of tutes for the zipper tabs and haven't settled on one yet. You're right - it depends on how you're making the pouch for what works best, I think.
    Very pretty pouch, btw.

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  5. You're not last. I haven't tried them yet either. I keep meaning to and then forgetting. Oh well. Your little pouch looks so cute!

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  6. I haven't tried it yet either but I will. Yours looks great!

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  7. I always tab zips - it gives them strength so less chance of a zip break - and they look so much better.

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    1. Oh, I didn't realize it strengthened them. Makes sense!

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  8. The pouch is adorable! I just used the same Anthology print for the backing of my Echo mini (which I still haven't finished). It's such a great print!

    My fingers are crossed on the DIY kit. I know your dress will be incredible!

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  9. Really cute! I love the look of zipper tabs. The reverse appliqué is fabulous!

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  10. Yay, glad you made it work, love zipper tabs :o)

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  11. Cute camper gift. Love the colors. I haven't tried the zipper tab...the zippers during camp were my first zippers.

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    1. Ahh... zipper pouches feel a little different than invisible zippers, but they are very doable, especially with tabs. Hmm.. maybe we need a zipper pouch project for Handstitched!

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  12. Super cute bag and I cannot WAIT to see in the DIY kit :o)

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  13. Love the pouch! Haven't tried zipper tabs yet, I'll give them a go when I make my next pouches up =D

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  14. I love zipper tabs and that's the tutorial I used too (thanks Toni) The applique looks stunning!! Very excited about your dress, can't wait to see your kit! Have you changed your mind about the lining fabric?

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    1. Yes, what arrived (bleached sand) was too brown for my tastes. I wanted a brighter cream, like Kona snow. I'm going to switch over to white for the lining now.

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  15. such sweet reverse applique. i love all her designs.

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  16. I am a zippy tab addict now that I conquered my fear of actually sewing the darn zipper...lol. Love it!

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