Monday, December 22, 2014

a trio of zip pouches

There are a million things to do this time of year, but it's necessary to get some sewing time in to retain a bit of sanity, right? At least that's what I tell myself! Today's sanity project was making these little zip pouches. I've already jumped in and started tackling the huge bag of scraps from Mary. Hurray! Since so many of you asked, I plan to do a few blog posts (in the new year) about where to start, how to sort them, how to store them, etc.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but the insides of these two little pouches are laminated fabric scraps.
Look at that little gusset! I boxed out the corners 5/8". It felt a little ridiculous, but it turned out so cute! I may have squealed when I turned it right side out.
The two little ones will be coin purses and the other one may end up being a gift, although I REALLY want to keep it!!! We will see how that goes! These are scrap project #96/101.

I'm getting SO close to finishing my 101 scrap challenge. If all goes well, I should finish by year end, which would be so awesome. Then, I need to come up with another challenge to fill the gap. Any suggestions are welcome!

Happy Monday to you!

28 comments:

catslife said...

Where did you get the adorable penguin fabric? :)

Raesha D said...

Such cute little pouches!!!!! I could make zippered pouches all day! And that bag of scraps is so exciting - can't wait to see other goodies that are in there. As for the next challenge - I'm thinking of doing a charity sewing challenge for next year. Either pillowcases or zippered pouches.

Denise Russell said...

I like them! I was able to get some sewing done this weekend, too, and made a small wall hanging. I have never made zippered pouches but I should try it. I may not be able to get much more than that done over the holidays, with husband and boys at home! Merry Christmas, girl!

Michelle C. said...

I think you need to hold on to that penguin pouch for comic relief. I can't help but bust out a smile when I look at it!

Although I'm thrilled with the progress you've make on your scrap challenge, I'll be a bit sad when you reach the end. It's been a fun journey to read about.

Kathy said...

So stinkin' cute!! I really should try my hand at zippy pouches one of these days.

KathyinMN said...

Adorable! I tried one of these, my zipper didn't come out nice. Quilting I can do, zippers not so much. Your zipper looks fantastic, and the gusset is genius. Merry Christmas Crazy Mom! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

Carla said...

You can do it Amanda Jean!
Merry Christmas

Vicki said...

I do love a teeny pouch! Yes, one needs to sneak in some sewing time.

Sarah said...

How about challenging yourself to use up that entire bag of scraps Mary gave you? :) Or what about doing a pillow a week? sarah@forrussia.org

killerbee said...

Thank you for your fun and inspiring blog, and the time you invest to share! Suggestion for a new "project" (not that I think you need one!): Take a Kona jelly roll of solid colors (or a Kona swatch card) and use each strip/color to inspire and include in whatever whimsy - there's 40 projects... or 157 to 243 depending on which swatch card you use!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Love the pouches, especially the penguins.
How about a series of small challenges: ten things to do with zippers, ten with buttons, ten with ricrac, etc.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I don't think I could give away the cute penguin pouch! It's too sweet! Unfortunately I have the flu so not only can I not get everything ready for the holidays (baking cookies, grocery shopping, cleaning the house for guests arriving tomorrow) I can't even get out of bed to pet fabric:(

SarahZ said...

How timely to see these pop up! I made my very first ever zippy pouch yesterday afternoon!! It is a whopper tho, at 13"x8"...I used a 12" inch zipper that I must have gotten in a former lifetime!lol, it really has been floating around for about 25 yrs, and I did not want to try and adjust it on my first zippy pouch go round :) I have no doubt whatsoever that you will finish up 5 more scrap projects! Congratulations on a fantastic year of finishes!!!

Marla said...

Maybe these pouches should count as #96, 97 and 98 :-)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So fun to see those scraps from the past made into sweet things!😘

Heather said...

I just saw this fun post that would be perfect for little scraps. Would be so cute on a bag as well! http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2014/12/22/hey-doll-sew-along/

Terri said...

I love your little pouches. I had to laugh about the squealing. I do the same thing and have been known to say "I'm so proud of me! " when something turns out good. :)

Liz said...

These are so cute! Thank you for all the inspiration this year. I love your projects. Merry Christmas!

Quilt Fabric Pizazz said...

Yes you DID Squeel! Nice gusset! I heard it in my sewing room when I was finishing up some Xmas gifts. Cute pouches and such a good use of remnants left from other projects.

JanineMarie said...

Aw, I'll miss your scrap projects, but I'm sure you'll come up with something else awesome to entertain and inspire all of us. Have a Merry Christmas!

JG said...

These are so cute,especially the penguin pouch! Merry Christmas to you & your family!
~Judy

Karen said...


Amanda Jean--Keep 'em all! You can't break up that cute little family of pouches!

Christine Feldstein said...

Loooove those pouches, especially the penguin one! Merry Christmas!

Jennifer C. said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for all the inspiration and joy you have brought me this year. Best wishes for a new year filled with health, happiness and fun sewing projects!

Suzanne said...

I better go update the crazymom quilts scrap Pinterest board!

I say-let's go double or nothing for the 101 scraps and maybe an ongoing scrap along where people can either make some of their favorites that you have done already and suggest new ones.

Or, what about 101 scrappy blocks, mini quilts or mug rugs...or a series of pillow covers...or what about making the challenge to use exactly 101 scraps in a quilt top?

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Clair said...

I need to make some zipper pouches when I get home...they do make great gifts.

Steph J said...

You have inspired me so much with your 101 Scrap Projects that I plan on starting up in the new year with my own scrap projects. I have so, so many of them.