3 bags and 24 hours later

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  I was feeling a lot more confident with my machine and felt like I should try and stretch my skills a little bit!  I had bought a couple of zips a few days ago and spent many hours searching for tutorials on Pinterest!

The first tutorial was for the zipped pouch on the right.  I used the tutorial from Sara Unplugged but I changed the size of my fabric to suit my zip.  This is a great tutorial to follow; easy for beginners like me anyway!

I was very impressed with my first ever zipper pouch even though the zip wasn’t straight and the corners were scrunched! :-/

I had also seen a slightly different tutorial on Punkin Patterns and loved how this pouch had a coloured panel on the base, boxed corners and an alternative way to insert zips.  So I gave it a try…. finished bag is the one on the left.

I cut the fabric for the outside of the pouch and for the lining.  Easy peasy!

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This tutorial called for edges to be placed onto the zip before it was attached to the other fabric.  I liked this method as it seemed to finish the zip off before it had even been inserted into the pouch!

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With the zip prepared, the outer pieces were stitched together and interfacing was ironed onto the wrong side of the outer fabric.  I then made the ‘zip sandwich’ to sew the zip.

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Outer pieces and the lining was then stitched and the corners were boxed.  The zip seemed to look loads better than the one on the first pouch!  However, it was a lot harder to sew as 6 layers of fabric and a zip had to be pushed through the machine and I snapped 2…. yes 2!! needles in the process!

Finished product 🙂

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I was super happy with the panelled pouch and didn’t want to stop sewing…… I was on a role!

I then made another bag with a button and fold over top.  The panels of fabric fitted fantastically and I was pleased with the bound button hole I stitched using the instructions from The Little Tailoress.  It looked fab!  I attached the lining for the pouch and then realised that I hadn’t made a hole in the lining for the button to go through!  So I had to bodge a bit of stitching but thankfully it is half hidden!

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3 bags done in 24 hours…. well, less really as I have slept!

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