Friday, December 29, 2017

TGIFF - Final Zippered Pouch Kit

My plans to sew this week while on vacation were derailed by illness.  I missed Christmas dinner, but I managed enough snuggles with my niece before I took ill.

The fabric was already cut out for the last of the zippered pouch kits from my FAL Q4 goals.  So it didn't take to long to sew them up, especially since I skipped a step.  LOL

As the end of 2017 approaches, we are looking for hosts for 2018 for TGIFF.  If you're interested in hosting, sign up here.

This pattern called for batting instead of interfacing.  I decided to wait until the batting was needed before I cut the pieces.  That was a mistake.

I pieced the front panels and then moved on to the zipper tabs.  Somehow, I missed the one sentence in between steps one and two that said add batting.  But the time I realized my mistake, I had already sewn on the zippers.  No way I was turning back at this point.  It was just one sentence, and it didn't even mention quilting.

I did not like this pattern for many reasons, the most frustrating of all was that it required a 14-inch zipper, when a 9-inch or 10-inch would have sufficed.  That's a lot of wasted zipper to cut off.  I was able to dig through my stash and find smaller ones so I could save the longer ones.

The pattern didn't say whether to use a 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I went with 1/2 inch as it seems most zippered pouches use that width.  I also used a 1.5-inch boxed corner as opposed to the 1-inch as indicated in the pattern.  I like my pouch to "stand up" -- the 1-inch corner is just too small.

But all things considered, the pouches turned out okay, even without batting or interfacing.  These will join my tickle trunk of gifts.

Even though I had some troubles, I enjoying making all three zippered pouch kits.

If you have a finish this week, here's your chance to share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 


  1. i am gonna make some of these in 2018. i like your choice of fabric.

  2. Cute fabric, sorry you had such problems with the pattern directions. Shhh, I won't tell--that cute fabric will make any recipient happy, interfacing or no.

  3. I love the fabric, those ladies are cute! The pouches look great!

  4. Love the pouches! It looks like they are pretty sturdy - how are they standing up like that with no interfacing or batting?

  5. Those are darling. Thanks for the tips.

  6. They turned out cute, Anja. I hope you are feeling much better! Happy New Year!

  7. Haha! These are wonderful with the ladies on them. :D Batted/interfaced pouches are often overrated. I really like my zipper pouch of this size that is just fabric.

  8. Well, they turned out darling! Is that a panel or is the lady with the wild hair appliqued?

  9. Tickle trunk of gifts? That's AWESOME!! The pouches are really cute, too. :o))

  10. You missed Christmas dinner because of illness? Poor you! I hope you feel better now.
    These pouches have such fun prints that I am sure that the difficulties you had making them will be fogotten soon.

  11. Oh my goodness, Anja. I have that fabric from CT. Fussy-cutting those ladies and making pouches is the perfect way to use that fabric. Wish you loads of health and happiness in the new year.

  12. Glad you got to enjoy part of the holiday, sorry you were sick. These are adorable and the perfect use the fabric. Congratulations on checking a goal off of your list. Thanks for linking up to 2017 Q4 FAL on behalf of the Finish-A-Long hosts.


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