In my last parcel from Blossom Heart Quilts’ Japanese Colour Club was a lovely bonus piece of blue fabric. I think it is a linen and cotton blend. I liked it so much that I was inspired to use it straightaway, instead of burying it deep in my stash and forgetting it, so I made these small open-wide zippered pouches.
The excess bits I cut off the ends of the zippers were bigger than the scraps I had left over. I used every tiny skerrick of the 5-inch by width of fabric piece. Zero waste! Some natural linen was used on the base, and the lining is a Carolyn Friedlander print, which I must really like as I accidentally bought it twice.
In my recent sewing room clean-up and sort, I also unearthed other bits of fabric heavier than quilting cotton, such as cotton drill and linen blends. Instead of leaving them in my stash with everything else, I pulled them out and gave them their own drawer to play in. I chose two of the fabrics, made another trip to the shop to buy more zippers, and sewed four more pouches: a small and a medium in each print. I was on a roll!
The only tricky bit is sewing the tabs on the ends of the zippers. I have no idea how anyone can get a neat effect using the sewing machine, so I sewed mine by hand.
I am sure these will eventually come in handy for birthday and Christmas presents. I love how they really do open wide.
What else can I make from my bits and pieces of heavier cotton and linen blends?