Monday, June 4, 2018

June Minikins Challenge ✅

Sara at Sew Sweetness is having a different challenge each month with her Minikins patterns. The Minikins are 12 patterns of small bags, with step-by-step videos, that are fun to make, use and give as gifts.


The Minikins challenge for June is the Zeppelin Pouch, a bag that can be used as a cosmetic bag, shaving bag, toiletry bag, or just about anything you might want in a bag! I made two of them:

I made my first one out of this Tula Pink's All-Stars print:

The pattern calls for Annie's Soft and Stable, unquilted. But as quilters we know any fabric is better when it's quilted, so I put it on my longarm:

The back side:

A bit of "pleather" for the handle:

And lined with Tula Pink's Pom Poms:

My second version is made from suede-look "pleather". I made this one for my Dad for Father's Day, pictured here with a Chickadee he carved and a sewing stiletto his carving buddy made for me:

This fabric is so stiff that it doesn't need Soft and Stable. It's also impossible to press, due to the man-made material and it's extra thickness. I used Sara's tip to get sharp edges on fabric that can't be pressed, like leather, vinyl, cork, etc.--put Wonder Clips on the edges overnight. It worked wonders!

I had to topstitch the bottom seam open, to make it lie flat:

The handle is part of the original design. I added a tab on the other end of the zipper:

The inside lining is pheasant fabric that I covered with Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl. That made a very crinkly and slippery surface. But it does make it even more useable as a shaving bag:

You can find sew many variations of the Zeppelin Pouch at Sara's link-up here. Check it out now, and again at the end of the month, to see all the Zeppelins made for the June challenge!
   
Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy
   

16 comments:

  1. Hello Nancy! Wow! The bags came out really nice! Your dad will be tickled with his shaving bag! Smart idea to add vinyl to the interior! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Fantastic bags, great job! Thanks for the tip on using the clips. I just got some for the first time and I am finding they have a lot of uses!

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  3. I have not used Soft and Stable-it didn't give you any fits when quilting it? That chickadee is awesome, looks just like a real bird! Good tip about the wonder clips.

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  4. I used Soft and Stable when I made the Jolly Braid tote and I really liked working with it. I love this pouch; I think I might need to give it a try, but not in pleather. You made yours look so easy though (the pleather one). That Tula Pink bag is adorable! I agree that your dad's chickadee is amazing!

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  5. Super little bags! Your Dad will love his new shaving kit :)
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  6. Wow! those bags look amazing! Thanks for linking to Monday Making

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  7. Love your Tula version the best out of all the bags! I am so tempted to try one myself.

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  8. Wonderful bags, especially love the one you mad for your father. I always forget about the vinyl, but that is a perfect use for it.

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  9. Wowzer, I am so impresses with these bags, especially the one for your father. The pleather one turned out wonderful, I am so sure your father will love it and the thought that you made it. Did you inherit his crafty genes? I'm not sure about working with pleather but I do have a stash of Kraftex which I one day will make something functional with it. I hope you win the drawing.

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  10. They look so great! I especially love the Tula Pink one, and lining it with Pom Poms is the cherry on the cake.

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  11. whoa! They look so great! The wonder clip trick is genius! okay okay you are convincing me with each minikins post that I must get the pattern bundle! They are just so darling!

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  12. Oh my!! These are super. Love the quilting on the Tula fabric, the bags are great but, the quilting makes it look so professional. I just love Sara's bag's!

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  13. Congratulations on two professional looking bags.

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