You know I had to do it, right? This morning I made a third Open Wide pouch. I wanted to test out the ideas I laid out in yesterday’s post. Guess what? The worked out quite well (if I do say so myself). For this pouch, I made the medium size again, with the pouch finishing at 6.5 x 6 inches.
The first change I made was to finish the end of the zipper prior to stitching it to the fabric. So much easier! Sewing this little 2×3 inch rectangle of fabric was much simpler without having the little pouch dragging around while I manipulated the zipper under the presser foot of the machine. Score!
I had everything pinned together as normal and started on one side, by the zipper. I continued up the edge, across the width of the bag and down the other side until I was back at the lining fabric. Then I was able to box the corners and could peek inside to see that the seams were lined up properly.
I forget what this fabric is even from, but isn’t it sweet. I love these little houses. I wish I had another piece, but I don’t…. such is life. 🙂 I think it is adorable with the sweet bicycles on the outer fabric.
Here is the finished tab once the bag was assembled.
While it isn’t perfect, it is much better than the first two attempts. Yep, practice certainly makes better. I think three pouches is enough. I need to move on to something else now.
But I want to share two more things before I finish up. First is this silly picture of Julia. I love this picture. I think is is reminiscent of a grumpy Mrs. Claus the way she is peering at me above her glasses and the Santa hat is pulled down so low. I think I took this when we were decorating the house for the holidays a couple of years ago. It makes me smile every time.
The next thing is the little wool Christmas ornament I made. I bought the kit when I was in Maine over the summer. It is really adorable. Nothing terribly difficult about it but I enjoyed making it. I like the little beads that were included with the kit. They are just the perfect amount of bling. 🙂
Ok, that’s enough for now! I have a pile of gifts to be wrapped so I had better get busy with them. Oh wait… I have one more thing. Yesterday the power went out and it was a pain. I had cookies in the oven baking, raw cookies on the counter waiting for their turn. Julia ended up studying for her Chemistry final by candlelight and the flashlight on her phone. It was only 4:30 in the afternoon but it was so gloomy out that the house was dark (and we have huge windows in this part of the house!) Luckily it was only out for a couple of hours.
Julia finished her finals today (I am going to brag and tell you she got a 94% on that Chemistry final.) It is officially Christmas break. I am not sure if I will post much over the holidays but please know that I wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season, whichever way you and your family celebrates.
Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts.