Zippers Are No Big Deal!

I have always been one of those quilters that sticks strictly to quilting…I am totally afraid to make my own clothes or step outside the bounds of quilting. I have always wanted to, though, so recently I’ve been stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying some new things! I saw this pattern for a cute little zippered pouch at Quilt Market by Atkinson Designs. The pattern is called “Cash and Carry”. They had a little slogan, “Zippers Are No Big Deal”. Well of course I had to try it out and see. The pattern sat on my sewing table for the last couple months and last night I finally got the courage to try it out!
The first one went together in a snap…it WAS easy! I used this awesome fabric from Kathy York’s collection Urban Landscapes.
With the second one I got over confident. Hehehe, yeah–you gotta make sure the zipper pull is in the middle when you sew on your zipper stops :).
But it’s a learning process! I now feel confident on how to use zippers and I think this is a MUST HAVE pattern! What a great little accessory. I could make dozens of these. What a perfect gift too! Thanks to the gals at Atkinson Designs for an excellent pattern with an excellent lesson built in! You can check out the pattern and other excellent goodies here. They only sell wholesale, so if you are a shop, you can visit their website for ordering info. If you are not a business, you can use their retail directory to find a shop near you who carries their patterns here.

So what are you sewing this weekend? I’d love to hear from you. I have some leftover pieces of Urban Landscapes I’d love to send to one random lucky winner…just leave a comment telling me what projects you’re working on these days! One comment per person, please. I’ll announce the winner on Monday afternoon!

35 thoughts on “Zippers Are No Big Deal!

  1. I haven’t tried zippers yet. I must do that one of these days. Right now I’m working on a quilt top for my MIL. She embroidered the blocks but she doesn’t sew, so I’m making the blocks into a quilt for her. Thanks for the chance at the fabric! :0)

  2. I’m working on the Pinwheel Sampler from P.S. I Quilt. My next step is to lay it out and pin for quilting. I’m also trying my hand at crocheting and making up Yo-Yo Puffs from Craftpassion. Going through my stash and want to put together a quick coffee table runner to go along with the Pinwheel Sampler. I really like the fabric line you chose for your pouches.

  3. Babies, Babies, Babies…….everyone is having them so I’ll be working on everything baby……..quilts, crochet blankets, baby bags!!!

  4. I can’t believe you posted this today – I just got home from a quilt store and googled the zippers trying to get more information. I came home with 4 zippers, a roll of 2″ strips and enough fat quarters for lining – so, I am working on these little bags. I did not get the pattern because the tutorial in the binder at the shop was enough info, I hope, and I will just make whatever size seems right. I guess I will be passing out bags to everyone I know!

  5. Working on 3 Nie Nie skirts for some darling little girls, along with an apron for my mom-in-law and some clutches for a bride to give as gifts to her bridesmaids. Whew! Anxiously waiting
    for my serger to return from it’s tune up!

  6. I’m working on models for kits for the quilt shop that I teach at: Homespun Harbor, in Hollister, CA. We are going to a very large quilt show in October and we usually have around 30 – 40 different kits. I make them all.

  7. OK! I have a challenge for you: buttonholes next! 😉 I’m not entering the contest! 😉 I don’t think I’m eligible as a Clothworks designer! But wanted to say hi and say if you can do zippers, you can do buttonholes? OK? :-))

    Hugs!!! Diane

  8. i am getting a head started on making christmas presents!

    p.s. i work with zippers alot and have also sewed fabric stops and cut off the pull….more than once 🙂


  9. I’m finishing up embellishing a couple of quilts for the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s 2010 Show, Changing Gears. The show’s September 17-19 at Palmer Events Center. Should be a blast.

  10. I am working on a 7’x7′ (yes that feet!) raw edge appliqued banner for the local 10-10-10-/ environmental gathering on Oct. 10. It has the 2 logos & native Texas plants, but in art quilt style~colors are my choice, not necessarily as Nature has painted them to date.

  11. I just did exactly the same. Sew my very first zipper and pouch. What a fun coincidence. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought, but had to try 2 times before I was successful. Would love to be the lucky winner as I love Kathy’s fabric.

  12. I’ve been having some fun making ponytail holders for my niece. I am also making quilted folders for co-workers and some fabric memory games. And quilts, of course!

  13. I’m working on a bunch of art quilts right now, but I have two bed quilts on my to-do-soon list. One for my 10-year-old daughter’s room once it gets painted her favorite color (green), and another for my godson, who goes off to college next week (I told him I’d have it to him by this winter). By the way, I ADORE this fabric line by Kathy York!

  14. I have been making purses and small bags lately. I like making these kinds of projects mixed in with the larger quilts because it is instant gratification. I have 2 quilts to quilt for an upcoming show, so I better get focused now.

  15. I’m taking a class from Kathy McNeil this weekend and can hardly wait! I’m also beginning to think about Christmas gifts -it’s hard to believe it’s just around the corner…..

  16. I’m finishing some BOM UFOs.I’ve finished three this summer and the fourth is just around the corner. But after this I’m just doing small project for a while, I think….

  17. Some of you maybe know that there has been a royal wedding in sweden this summer.
    Our crown princess Victoria married her “prince”. This inspired me to make a quilt with crowns. A quilt to a little “princess” in our family.

  18. I am starting to think about the C word. Yep, Christmas is only four months away and last year I swore I wouldn’t wait until the last minute! I am at least thinking about projects!;-) The little bags would be perfect for gift card holders.

  19. Finishing up a grandmother’s flower garden paper pieced quilt for daughter–all in pinks to celebrate her 5 years since breast cancer (she got it when she was only 26!). And I always am working on a quicker project–just finished a little bag for my Kindle.

  20. I’m working on a bright colorful kitty cat quilt for my stepdaughter and a lap quilt for our living room. Nice to have two projects to choose from.

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