Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sweet L'il SweetPea

There are times when you need a sweet little project that will come out looking great without too much work.   I have learned to make one of those.  I got to take the class "Zippered Bags with a Twist- The One Zip Way" on Craftsy.   In the class you learn three different projects.   The first one is the Sweet Pea Pod.  I have watched the other segments, but I haven't tried the Becca Bag nor the Fobio yet.   I am too in love with the Sweet Pea.  It took less than an hour to make the first one - and I made a couple of oopsies.   It still came out looking  great!  I made another one this evening. I didn't time it, but I am sure it was far less than an hour - not counting the fabric selection time.  And these take very little fabric. Even with lining, each of them uses less than a fat quarter total.
Look at these sweet little zippered pods

But if you just want to get the pattern, it is available at Annie's (affiliate link) for $9.99.
They are about six inches long on the zipper diagonal 
Both of them came out wonderfully professional looking. The one on the left is quilting cotton, the one on the right is fabric that I embellished with stitching over a year ago.  They look a bit different because in one, I used Soft and Stable in place of the recommended fusible fleece.  The other has the fusible fleece.   I have to say I like the finish on the one on the left made with Soft and Stable a bit better.  It made construction a bit harder, but I think it is worth it.  The Soft and Stable is not fusible so I had to add a step to fuse the fabric to it.
The fleece is already fusible and gives a softer finished product. It also costs less.
I have no idea what I will do with these zipper pods, but I am sure they will be used.  And I am sure I will make more of them.  When you are making them, you automatically cut out two at a time. So I have pieces for two more ready  to go except the zippers - and I used zippers that I bought on a trip to Mexico at bargain prices. I even had extra zipper pulls ready to use.

Now, let me say a few words about the class.  Joan Hawley makes the construction process so easy.  She gives some great tips on how to streamline production and get a successful finish.   One of my favorite moments was when she said (and I am probably not using the exact words) "We aren't aiming for perfection. We are aiming for success - and that is a whole different thing."  Isn't that brilliant?


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5 comments:

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Good grief - another squirrel!! - LOL - ;))

Barb said...

Love them and I don't know about you, it kinda turns into an addiction

Barbara said...

So cute! I like the colorful zipper pulls, and the quote is one to frame and hang in my sewing room. :)

Marie said...

Love the fact that you take these on line classes and put them to good use. Makes me think about what I do each day and that I need to be more productive with what I have
Hugs, Marie PS those little bags are really neat and useful!

Linda J said...

Cute! I think I have seen some small ones similar to this done up to hold some of those ear buds and the like?