Good afternoon. The four kids and I are safely home after pick up. They’re doin’ their homework while I compose this post.
The teenager had another girlfriend turn 14 recently so I made her this zipper pouch. The last time I went to Joann, I was uninspired by their cotton fabric. This girlfriend of my daughter’s likes vintage things. I didn’t find anything with vintage vibes so I went on Spoonflower.
I learned about this fabric website through IG. It is an online shop for people who design for fabric. When you order fabric, it’s can be about a two-week process because the fabric is actually printed out in North Carolina first. I think it only took a week for me since I live in the US.
I chose this design of vintage typewriters for Coconut’s friend because of its modern vintage vibe. The inside lining coordinates with the theme as well. Here are the deets:
- Cute Vintage Typewriter Illustration Pattern by Little Smile Makers Studio – Basic Cotton Ultra, fat quarter
- Typewriter Pink by Mia Valdez – Basic Cotton Ultra, fat quarter
This cotton I ordered is really sturdy and thick. I feel its consistency is almost like quilting cotton.
I have to say while sewing this pouch together, I had some issues with thread tension. It started right away when I was sewing the folded, handle layers together. I used scrap fabric pieces to try out different tension numbers. In the end I repositioned the spool of thread and took out the bobbin to reinstall it into my machine. Finally I was able to figure out the numbers (Crap, I hope I had recorded them in my sewing journal!).
You see here the new labels I had ordered on Etsy. The shop that customized them for me is called Border City Quilts. The owner, Christina Adams, was great to communicate with. I had chosen two fonts, but when I saw the mock-up, I liked the script font I picked out for my name but I wasn’t 100% about the font I had chosen for the words, Handmade By. In her mock-up, I chose one of her other options because I had liked the font she had used for those two words.
My labels fold up from the bottom and there is a ¼” seam allowance, but if I wanted to, I can also iron it onto fabric. I’m pleased as punch with them. My mum was the one to suggest I get some every time I would text her a picture of a zipper pouch that I had made.
And here’s her card. I kept to the vintage, modern theme in color and in design elements. This card has collaged layers where I glued tissue paper in a postal print on the white cardstock first. I painted gesso over it to dull the black print. I scored a corner of another piece of cardstock and blended distress ink over it for an aged look. On the rest of the cardstock I used a stencil in colors that matched the typewriter fabric. And then there’s the 3-D pieces. I felt the vintage camera piece was enough so I didn’t put on a sentiment in front.
Okie doke. There is occasional dispute going on in the background that I need to regulate. I better go. Thank you for dropping by today. TTYS!