This little project is the Pencil Case from "I Love Patchwork" by Rashida Coleman-Hale. In the end, it turned out soooo very cute, but it was very fiddly and this was a huge learning experience for me.
I've worked with zippers a few times before, but the way this one was installed made the process so easy. You create a 'zipper panel' as opposed to sewing the outer and lining pieces directly to the zipper, which is where I've struggled in the past. So, zipper - check! Applying heavy interfacing to all outer pieces - check! Making adorable 1/2" hexagons with scrap solids - check!
Sewing large end hexagons to outer pieces....hmmmmmm. I really thought there was an error in the pattern because I could not figure out how this size hexagon was supposed to fit! I even sent the designer an email. In the meantime though, I figured it out - sort of. I got the hang of it by the end, having to do it 4 times - twice on the outer and twice on the lining - but believe me it is NOT pretty on the inside! Thankfully, that is the part that will never be seen. :)
The lining was another struggle, and hand stitching it in place was not easy and there really is quite a bit of excess lining bagging in the bottom of the pouch (not sure why?) but in the end I got over that hurdle as well.
So, the verdict:
- a beautiful book and a really sweet pattern, even though it's tricky - maybe I just need more practice. I look forward to trying more of her patterns.
- I LOVE this way of installing a zipper
- I omitted the little fabric loops on each end of the zipper, and now I wish I hadn't. I can see their use now that it's finished. Something to grab onto when opening/closing the zipper, of course! Duh! I omitted them because it involved turning a 1/2" wide fabric tube which I could not figure out how to do, and didn't have any ribbon suitable to use in its place, so I skipped that step. Now I wish I'd been more patient.
- Would I make it again?? Maybe. I want to make more zip pouches but I think I need to practice on some designs that are a bit larger (and maybe with no hexagon shaped ends!) to get the hang of the process before attempting something small like this again.