Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Zipped up

Isn't it always the case that sewing anything unusual sounds so much harder than doing what we normally do, even when we know it's not?  Yep, yep.  That was me and this zip organizer from Zakka Style.  Zippers, bias binding, interfacing, etc.

ready for QuiltCon!

Happily, I had a deadline (oh, QuiltCon) so that pushed things right along.  I also used Krista's great notes from the Zakka sew-along. Now I have my handmade bag and a wallet that mostly, kinda matches.  Yay!

Zakka sewing zip organizer

I definitely had trouble committing to fabrics for this project.  Most everything I pulled seemed like "too much" so believe it or not this could have been louder.  I think I would have liked the inside better without the butterfly ribbon, but I definitely love that ribbon for the outside.  It's a Loulouthi ribbon by Anna Maria Horner.  Magenta always gets me.

new + old

So, um you wanted to see my old wallet?  Yeah..... I truly bought it to punish myself for repeatedly losing wallets.  I figured something so silly would be hard to forget.  Plus, it was cheap.  Well, then I never lost a wallet again! Now I'm going out on a limb with a wallet I actually like.  Wonder what happens next?

Handmade for me

Admittedly, the new version is not all that much more "mature" than the old, but on this side on the outside (so from at least one perspective) it looks pretty grown up.

works!

Best of all, it actually holds my stuff even better than the old wallet.  This "zip organizer" is bigger than your average wallet and...

lots of room for change!

has a huge outer zip pouch for coins.   And that's good because one of my life missions is to use my husband's change.  That man is always bringing home change.   Sheesh.

Okay, all zipped up.  Is it time to pack yet?

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!!! It looks amazing, love all the fabric you chose, the ribbon, love it all. Gorgeous!

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  2. Thats' beautiful, Rachel! I need so much new wallet, I think we get used to see our old one and can't realize we should have a new one. x Teje

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  3. Great wallet and bag . . . you'll certainly be stylin'. You need to get your hubby a big pickle jar and start a vacation fund ;)

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  4. I love the AMH ribbon! Thank you so much for doing this and telling us about it - I've been wanting to make this too but was bit intimidated. Also, I didn't even thought there were errata! Thank you!!!

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  5. I LOVE that black dandelion fabric you used. It's so great, and I'm reminded of how I've been meaning to make this since last June. (June?! That was a long time ago.) Dang I wish I was going to quilt con!

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  6. Eeek! I need to finish my weekender NOW! :) Your bag and wallet are absolutely too cute! And as far as using your hubby's change? get a mason jar and cut a slit in the top (I used template plastic covered in pretty fabric for mine), add a label for your next major quilting purchase or trip and throw it in-- you'll have extra fabric money in no time! :) hehe. (also good for charging family members when you have to pick up dirty clothes off the floor (am I the only one who has to do this?).

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  7. It looks awesome! I really need to get sewing for next week!

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  8. love love love your wallet! if you decide it's not grown-up enough for you, i'll buy it!!

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    1. Ha! Thanks Jolene. I decided I'm just young enough. Just.

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  9. Looking good! I actually made a bigger version of the organiser for kids notebooks and pens for when we go out. Keeps them quiet when they wait for the food to arrive in restaurants...

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  10. Oh yay, it turned out great! I haven't started a thing to prepare for QuiltCon yet. I was gonna make all kinds of tops to wear and bags to carry, but... Oh well. :) My mom got my husband one of those jars with the electronic counter on the top for his change. Last time it was full, we cashed it in for spending money at Disney!

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  11. That is awesome! I kind of want to buy that book now so I can make one of these for myself, it looks like just what I need. Great choice on the fabrics too!

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  12. I'm so happy you have something wonderful for you and that you finished it in time for your trip. You deserve that lovely wallet!

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  13. Oooweee. That's a gorgeous wallet! Magenta gets me too.

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  14. Oh, I love it! I have been debating this pattern for a while and wondering if it could work as a wallet. I am so glad to see how well it does. I made myself a new bag today to take to quiltcon, so now you've inspired me to try to make a matching wallet!

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  15. This seems much more like you. :) I love the combination of fabric you used too. Have fun at QuiltCon!

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  16. Now that is very cute .... love it. Love the colour.

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  17. Rachel they both look great. I am sure you will enjoy those and recieve lots of compliments on them also.

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  18. I'm glad your self- imposed punishment is over! It looks nice and nicely goes with your purse.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Am I the only one who gives myself consequences? Surely not ;)

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  19. Don't you just love Zakka Style for such wonderful little things to make! Love your wallet!

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  20. Love your new wallet, and I REALLY love your bag! What pattern did you use?

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    1. I adapted a pattern called "Mama's Bag" from a book called "Handmade Home". I would say it is not very much like the bag in the book though!

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  21. Rachel, you are so brave to try a wallet!! It is darling! I've seen that book around, but have not purchased it yet. On a scale of 1-10, how difficult do you rate making the pattern...so us not so brave ones can possibly try it!

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    1. Ooh, good question! I am not super comfortable with making purses and using zippers. I have experience, but I have to read directions several times to get it right. So, with that in mind I'd say this pattern was a 4 for me on skill level and a 7 for me on patience level. In other words, not actually difficult sewing, but lots of steps to pay attention too.

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  22. that black dandilion fabric is so cute---where is it from (or what is the designer?

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  23. Rachel, I have drooled over your bag since it was in a post previously (maybe last year ??). I know that you said in an earlier response that you adapted a pattern from a book. Anyway you could share the pattern with us or the adaptions? I am a person who has to have a pattern and doesn't adapt!! I love seeing your creativity!!

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    1. Well, I didn't take pictures of the adaptions, but I can sum them up. First of all I made the fabric for the purse out of quilt-as-you-go patchwork. That gives my bag much less drape than the Mama's bag from Handmade Home. Then I added more pleats at the top of the bag to bring it "in" more. Also, instead of a long fabric handle, I bought leather handles from an etsy store that I don't recall. If I were to do it again, I'd also add magnetic snap closure!

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  24. Ooh, I love this! The fabrics are really great. I especially love the black-and-white alphabet fabric for the large inside pocket. Do you know who makes that fabric?

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    1. I don't recall the maker, but the collection is Books & Letters, I believe.

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  25. Nice wallet and purse. You will definitely stand out at Quiltcon.

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