Birthday Card, Made For, Paper Play, Sewing, Zipper Pouch

Made For 2 + Paper 2 Play

Good morning. What’s on the agenda for today? If you’re workin’ the day job, pls share what you do; I’m curious. I know you are dying to see what I had picked up at STITCHES West 2018; I will post that tomorrow. I just got back from the doctor’s office, having had a very minor surgery so I’m resting my ꒰⁎×﹏×⁎꒱՞༘˚º✩⃛ foot.

I know you’re probably tired of seeing these same ol’ type of projects, but I can’t help it. I really enjoy making zipper pouches! I’m so thankful for finding Dana’s (MADE Everyday) zipper tutorial, now ingrained in my brain, because making this kind of project is easy and fun.

I love getting to pore over the fabric choices, coordinate prints, and to figure out the correct color for the lining. Then I get to look at zippers and their color selection.

This arrow and mint polka dot bag was for Coconut’s BFF, the one whose birthday comes up first in the year. I love arrow prints. I wish I had bought more of this kind of print when they had cute options in the nursery section. The pouch is 8″ tall x 11″ wide. I didn’t photograph the inside but it’s a solid, light grey.

Don’t you love the charm? The teenager’s friend is a fan of pandas. On a past shopping trip to the craft store, I was armed with a 20% off final purchase coupon and spotted this set (by Mama Elephant) in the stamps section. It was too cute to pass up.


For her card, I have layers (from the back to the front):

  1. I used my scoring board to make parallel, vertical lines. Sort of randomly I scored a horizontal line in each column to mimic bamboo. I blended two colors to give definition to the raised lines and to color the rest. Using texture paste, I colored it and then used that vine-like stencil. This background was my second try.
  2. Then I had to think of how would I present the cut out pandas? I looked at images of panda habitats. I saw hills so I used the stencil I used for snowbanks, traced the curves, and cut them out. I blended colors on them in the way I would for snowbanks. Each hill is mounted on Scotch mounting tape.
  3. The pandas, sticks, lantern, and sentiment were stamped and cut out and mounted with thicker, mounting squares.

After I had come back from STITCHES I realized my daughter had another girlfriend who’s a February baby as well and her birthday was coming up right on Monday. I rolled by Joann when coming home from the convention center. I was told by the teenager that she (her friend) likes purple so I found this modern, lavender fabric:

I washed it Saturday and realized the arrows design, which I was intending to use for the top part, didn’t coordinate well with the new fabric. I quickly grabbed my bag of leftover fabric and looked through it. I found neutrals that were intended for baby gifts and that had not been used – whew! After an iMessaging consultation with my mum, it was decided the grey triangles would go on the bottom and the white arrows (on white fabric) inside as lining.

Check out my zipper tabs ೕ(˃̵ᴗ˂̵ ๑)! I nailed those suckers in this project. My luck with them has been on and off with each zipper pouch. I finally figured out the following:

  • If I’m going to cut out fabric panels at 12″ wide each, cut down the zipper to 10″.
  • Zipper tab, fabric pieces should be about 1.5″ wide x 3″ long.
  • Each tab should be folded in half the short way and each open end folded/ironed in at 1/4″.
  • Therefore, each finished/prepped tab should be about 1 and 1/4″ long.
  • When sewn onto the zipper ends, the final piece should be 11 and 1/2″ long. When the panels are lined up with the zipper, there should be 1/4″ space on each side.
  • That way when I sew 1/2″ seam allowance around the bag’s sides, the seam only catches 1/4″ of each zipper tab end which end up as less bulky when turning those areas out. Plus, I wanted more of the zipper tabs to show.

For her card, I was stuck Sunday. Her bag’s fabric is simple and modern. I wanted to distress but keep a contemporary look. I finally came up with this design hours later after two other tries, using the color scheme and prints of the bag. This birthday girl likes baby elephants but I didn’t have any in my stamp collection so I used the hearts set I got in the Love Letters swap; they have that modern rock vibe.

I hope you enjoyed these visuals today. Thank you very much for all of your love for the swap post (seven days ago). I want to add that I have no problem with you sharing or being inspired by any of my designs; pls though give me credit and link back to the post you were inspired by. I myself am often inspired by what I see on Pinterest and give credit where credit is due.

I need to work on my Harry socks as the first Thursday of March is rollin’ around fast. Have a good Tuesday and thanks for hangin’ out with me. TTYS.

9 thoughts on “Made For 2 + Paper 2 Play”

  1. I am not tired of seeing your bags. I love all the different combos and hope one day to start sewing again so I can bore you with all my zipper pouch bags 🙂 These two are super cute and I’m sure her friends loved them. This would be a keepsake for me so I hope they look on it the same. And yes, I can’t wait to see what your blog about Stitches. I’ve been living vicariously through my friends posts since I did not trust myself enough to go and not buy a ton of yarn. Next year though, watch out!


  2. The zippered bags are great and I love seeing ALL of them. I love “project ” bags. I think it’s time for me to try my hand at making them. Have you ever tried them with snap closures?


  3. Hey Stef! I actually do have a day job! I run a fuel company for the most part, but we also do construction as well as shop rentals and mining!

    Your zipper pouches are beautiful and I love seeing the different materials you use in your designs. I really like that arrow print.

    As usual – beautiful work and I love stopping by and seeing everything you’re working on ❤


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