Hello there! Today begins a week (or so) of handmade Christmas presents revealed. You know all of those gifts that were being made last month but couldn't be shared until after they were given...
And so, I thought I'd begin with one of my favorite gifts to make and give, zippy pouches... It wasn't really that long ago that zippers scared me! The first time I ever sewed a zipper was two years ago when I made some pillows for a friend of mine. And after that I used them a few times, but they still made me a bit nervous. And then, last Christmas, I found myself whipping up a whopping 15 zippered pouches in one weekend between these and these! After that I didn't want to see another zipper was no longer intimidated by zippers!
And thank goodness, because I think zippered pouches are a perfect gift for so many. Whip one up and tuck a little something inside, perfect! This little pouch, made with Heather Ross guitars and (Violet Craft, waterfront) birds flying inside, was made for my guitar playing sister! Inside we tucked an iTunes gift card (b/c you know that is the universal gift for teenagers...remember when it used to be CDs, or tapes!) and a guitar string bracelet.
For my sister-in-law and my husband's boss...something a little more "corporate friendly"... I wanted these pouches to be fun, but also professional as well. Inside, they are lined with oilcloth, outside, charcoal grey fabric (the same as my pillows and potholders). And to add the bit of fun...silver and gold leather zipper pulls and accents. I also added a handstamped "logo" for each, LGL is for my sister-in-laws blog and business, "Let's Grow Leaders". We tucked a tablet pen inside each little pouch as well.
For Violet and Henry's teachers... Notebook pouches. I made some similar to these last year too, but stitched all of the lines. I loved the way they looked but it took a long time! This year I used fabric markers instead.
The fabric was made the same way whether the lines were stitched or drawn on...
Start with cream (or white) linen fabric. Measure two inches in from the left, draw a vertical line down with a disappearing ink marking pen. Next measure 1/2" down from the top, draw a horizontal line with a disappearing ink marking pen across, measure another 1/2" down from your initial horizontal line, draw another line across, continue horizontal lines all the way down your fabric.
Next, either stitch over your lines or trace over them with fabric markers. If using fabric markers be sure to heat set. Of course, in my handmaking haze...I didn't even realize that I mixed up the colors this go around! Oops! Traditionally, the lines across are blue and the vertical line is red. Oh well, I like this look too. Oh, and I lined each with this fabulous cursive alphabet fabric I bought forever ago, but boo, I'm running out! I suppose I could always steal some back from the kid's craft table, I've had a fat quarter under clear contact paper decorating it for the past three years.
Inside, I tucked a little gift card.
And lastly, for one of my husband's coworkers...my favorite kind of zippered pouch to make... A foldover clutch! Using, as usual, Kristin's tutorial...This one is made with more Violet Craft waterfront birds, essex linen and Anna Maria Horner field study. Oh, and a metallic leather zipper pull too! I'm loving this metallic leather!