Wednesday 28 November 2012

WIP Wednesday

Since I enjoyed making my first zippy pouch over the weekend using the open wide pouch tutorial from noodlehead,  I thought I would make some more.  Last night, I decided to cut the fabric for two new pouches using the leftovers from my first pouch.  My leftover fabric was a bit small, so I decided to add a contrast bottom.

So, I cut all the exterior, lining and interfacing pieces for both pouches, and pieced the exterior pieces for both.  I interfaced the exteriors for both pouches, and found that the size of my interfacing was slightly off, but nothing terrible.

Then, I went to interface the lining of the first pouch.  Ummm, my two pieces of lining were different sizes.  Doh!  I decided to set that pouch aside for the night and work on my second one.  This one wasn't quite smooth sailing, but seemed to being going ok.

Ummm, do you notice something wrong with this picture?!


Yeah, I left the wrong end of the zip sticking out of the pouch.  It's still functional, but it looks really weird, and I don't think I can fix it by adding a zipper tab (someone correct me if I am wrong, but I am worried about getting the zipper teeth all out of alignment if I cut the open end).  Sigh.  Nevermind, I am not exactly in love with the fabric combo in this pouch anyway. 

Ralph is not impressed with my efforts
 Will be taking a bit more care with the next one!

In other WIP news, I have been doing a bit of foundation piecing.  This is a quarter of the Which Way North block from the Compass Collection.  I am going to make several of the Compass Collection in a selection of low volume aqua, grey and yellow fabrics.  It may end up as a baby quilt, or a mini, or something else entirely.  I am just having fun playing with fabric.

Regular readers may be wondering what has happened to my Oakshott quilt.  It is finished!  But I am currently camera-less (apart from the camera on my phone, which I used to take the pictures above), so I haven't been able to take photos of the finished product yet.  Soon, soon, I hope.

Have you had any sewing fails lately?  Or maybe you have been indulging in some just because, no real plan, fabric play?
Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced:

P.S. My Rocky Road bundle made the final 10 in Sew Lux Fabrics Guest Curator Contest!  The list of the final 10 is here, and voting is now open, so head over and vote for your favourite (the voting poll is in the top left of the screen).  I would be over the moon to win this bundle, so if you feel like voting for me, please do!

P.P.S.  I have a couple of giveaways coming up in the next fortnight or so, so you might want to hang around for a bit.  The first one will be on 3 December as part of the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway day.


Megan said...

I have that kind of sewing 'deviation from the plan' all the time and try and make it seem deliberate! Your foundation piecing is beautifully neat.

Gina said...

your pouch is very pretty and so is your quilt block!!

Valspierssews said...

Pouches can be a bit troublesome. I have been experimenting with a zipper at each end then fold the bottom up to make another pocket. It is still in progress :) Love your pieced block.

Susan said...

Zippers have that effect on people! I just sewed my first invisible zip- by golly, that was a trial! Your foundation pieced block is great!

Patti said...

Those pesky zippers, right! The next one will be perfect! Being someone who always has to make a practice piece of everything, I have had my fair share of oops! Your foundation block looks gorgeous!

Cindy said...

If I told you about all of my goof ups we would be here forever. Chalk it up to continuing education. Your Which Way North block looks very pretty. Love the color choices.

Mina said...

Don't feel bad, Ralph does look look a bit hard to please

audrey said...

Ooh, I love that compass block! I just started working with zippers, and wow. I feel like my seam ripper is getting more use than usual.

Chez Roo said...

You can totally save that zipper by just sewing the tab on that end - don't worry about the teeth getting out of alignment, it might look a tiny bit wonky, but it's all good. I think the pouch is lovely!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

It looks like a lovely pouch anyway :) I have failings ALL THE TIME!! DOnlt we all? we are human right!? And that's what homemade is all about! Keep smiling!!

Nutsy Coco said...

Some projects just have problem after problem, but I agree that it can still be salvaged. Love your foundation piecing!

Christina said...

I like 'happy accidents'! Just take some leftover fabric, fold it in half, in half again and encase that pesky zipper. It will look fabulous!

Paskiaq said...

The pouch looks great. I would try to sew the zipper (across the plastic teeth) so that it's stuck in the close position and doesn't become misaligned and then attach the tab afterwards, if that makes sense. Good luck! :)

Kat McNally said...

I still think your pouch looks gorgeous, Adrianne. Cats can be so critical!
How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
Would be so rapt if you joined us!
There’s a little giveaway too. :-)
Details here:
Take care
Kat xxx

Nat at Made in Home said...

The pouch looks great, and so does the block!

Schulz Family said...

Visiting from freshly pieced. I love the pouch. better than my first attempt was!! Well done