August 30, 2014

Tour des Fleurs - Double Exposure Zippered Pouch #3

I can't stop thinking (and talking) about
my new pattern for the

Today I'll share a new version,
something with a completely different look.

For this pouch,
I've used some gorgeous fat quarters
from a line called Tour des Fleurs,
designed by Mary Jane Carey of Holly Hill Quilt Designs.

I chose a few favorites from this lovely line,
and put them together with this
beautiful cotton ric rac, 
in just the right shade of red.

I wanted to show the versatility of this
Instead of accenting the exposed zippers with lace,
you can leave them plain,
or add ric rac or ribbon trim instead.

I really enjoyed stitching the ric rac with
some matching thread.
If it's too hard to find the right shade of thread,
you can just use invisible thread to apply the trim!

The interior fabric is a pretty paisley print.
I like the plain vanilla zipper
with these colors and designs.

{I'm not kidding - it's actually called Vanilla, shade #121, from Zipit on Etsy.}

Once the bag was finished,
it was time to collect some items
for storing inside the two pockets.
First I found some tools for measuring and marking.

{That little silver tool set in the back is my favorite...tiny screwdrivers that are so handy.}

On the other side,
there was plenty of room for my box of Clover clips,
plus some specialty feet for my sewing machine
and my straight stitch throat plate.

{When I'm using that one, the standard zigzag plate is stored away.}

It's amazing how much stuff can be zipped away...
and yet it doesn't take up much space
when the pouch is folded in half.

So there you have it...
yet a different look for the same pattern.
I'm sure there will be more coming.
I truly enjoy dreaming these pouches up!

If you make some of your own,
please feel free to link to your blog
or share photos on my Flickr page,
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August 27, 2014

Another Double Exposure Zippered Pouch - Lilac Briar Rose

Hello, Friends!
Thanks for all of the humorous comments
You've all made me smile,
guessing how many zippers are in my stash.

{How many do I have? I'm still counting...I hope I'll be finished by Aug. 31 at midnight, 
when the giveaway closes.}

While we're talking zippers,
I'll share the first sample I stitched for my new
I used some of my beloved Briar Rose fabrics for this one.

I had to wait for my latest shipment of Zipit zippers,
before I created this fun double-pocket pouch.
I think the Purple #218 zippers set off that lilac print
to perfection.

Some of you might be interested to know
where I found the lace for my samples.
I've placed several orders from Yozo Craft in China,
and I've been very satisfied with delivery and pricing.
The selection of pretty lace designs is also outstanding!

{I love this particular edging along the colorful zippers. I had to order more yesterday.}

If you've already purchased my new pattern
you might notice that this sample
looks a wee bit different.
It has tabs at the ends of both zippers.

I'm not gonna lie...
I'm not really crazy about all of those tabs
sticking out,
especially when the pouch is folded in half.

For the final version of my pattern,
I inserted zip tabs at the beginning and end
of each zipper before attaching them,
 instead of making tabs that stick out.

{I just like that a lot better.}

Back to the lilac Briar Rose sample...
It was easy to choose these fabrics,
because I had used them for a couple of earlier projects.

You may recall this Noodlehead Divided Basket,
which was my first item made in that
unlikely combination of lilac and gold.

I used the same palette to create my inspiration
I love the little bits of that Jennifer Paganelli
Bell Bottoms print in gold.

It was fun to put the same prints together
and see what came out as I designed
the Double Exposure Zippered Pouch.

I chose to quilt and allover diagonal grid for this pouch.

For the back, I used that golden clover print,
with little blossoms and crickets.
The same grid quilting looked just as nice on the back.

you'll find some sweet strawberries!

As usual, I added my little "eamylove" label
to one of the pouch interiors.

The finished pouch looks pretty,
whether it's lying flat or folded in half.

I have another Double Exposure Zippered Pouch sample
to share in a few days.
I had to test my pattern thoroughly, of course.

{Besides...they are sew much fun to make!}

Linking up to Bag Brag Tuesday by Chris W Designs

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August 22, 2014

A Giveaway From Zipit! - CLOSED

I've just released my new
tutorial-style PDF pattern for the

To celebrate,
I'm having a fabulous GIVEAWAY, courtesy of Zipit!!!


{All of the glamorous zipper photos in this post are provided by Zipit.}

Once you've made the Double Exposure pouch,
you're going to want to make lots of them.
For that, you'll need...lots of zippers, of course!

{Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Zipit!!!}

I've been a Zipit customer for a long time.
Prices are fantastic, selection is awesome,
and shipping is quick.

Look at these awesome colors!

The zippers are nice and flat when they arrive,
not creased from packaging.
It's a small detail, but it adds to their appeal.

there are lots of ready-made assortments.

I love choosing my own color combinations,
using this chart...65 colors to choose from!!!

Here's a terrific palette of autumn colors...
just waiting to be made into back-to-school gifts!

I always keep the basic neutrals on hand, too.
It's so great to have zippers on hand,
and not need to go shopping before I start a project.

I see lots of great SALE prices over there at Zipit!
So even if you don't win,
you can get a LOT of gorgeous zippers
at a bargain price.

To enter the giveaway for a
$25 Gift Certificate to Zipit,
please leave a comment to tell us
how many zippers are in YOUR stash.
Then guess how many zippers I've got in MINE!

Don't worry...
the winner will be chosen at random.
I'm just trying to get you to make me laugh.

The giveaway will be open until midnight on Aug. 31, 2014.

The winner will be contacted by email,
so if you are a no-reply blogger,
please include contact info in your comment.
Otherwise I'll have to choose a new winner.

Good luck!

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August 21, 2014

Double Exposure Zippered Pouch - A New Pattern!

Well, it's about time I introduced a new pattern!
Today I present the

In this pattern,
you'll learn how to apply "exposed" zippers,
which can then be trimmed with lace,
to resemble those gorgeous Japanese lace zippers.

{You know you've been wanting those lace zippers!}

This pouch is quick and easy to sew.
All you need are 2 or 3 fat quarters of fabric,
some Pellon 987F fusible fleece,
2 zippers
and 1 1/2 yds. lace or other trim.

For my sample,
I used Bonnie and Camille fabrics from the
Marmalade and Scrumptious lines.
The tangerine zippers came from Zipit on Etsy.

The pattern is full of photos to guide you, step by step.
Before long,
you have a stylish and useful double-pocket pouch.

You could keep some hexagons in one pocket...

and keep sewing supplies in the other pocket.

The pouch finishes at 9 1/2" x 12",
which makes it large enough to carry
some types of tablets, too!

You can fold the whole thing in half,
so it can go into a tote bag or purse.

Look what I did with the zipper pulls, for a final touch!

I cut some narrow ribbon (3/8" wide) on an angle,
then threaded it through the zipper pull.
I knotted it and trimmed it neatly.

{A touch of gingham makes everything sweeter!}

You can find my pattern for the

Come back tomorrow...
I'm having a GIVEAWAY to celebrate!

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