Scrappy Girls Club - Zipper Bag Swap

In March I joined in the Scrappy Girls Club Zipper Bag Swap.  I have to admit … swaps cause me high amounts of anxiety.  I want to make sure I send the “perfect” thing to my swap partner in the highest quality I can possibly do. When I first signed up I thought nothing of the fact that I had to put a zipper in this pouch … when I started to really think about that zipper I freaked out a bit.  It had been YEARS since I had made a bag with a zipper – years!  So … of course I had to make some practice bags.  I am so glad I did because in the end … I made a double zipper pouch that easily zipped and unzipped (I can’t say the same for my practice bags) . IMG_8719My swap partner indicated that they like yellow, red, aqua and teal.  Lavenders were not there favorites.  I can work with that!  I decided to piece this tiny pineapple for the made pop of the bag.  IMG_8718For the other side of the bag I just did some improv piecing with similar fabrics to the front.  And some left overs from a previous project I had just completed!IMG_8720I went with Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness Filigree Double Zip Pouch Pattern.  I chose to make the medium size bag and I skipped the ribbon embellishment since I was already doing the miniature pineapple.IMG_8721It was a perfect pattern for this project!  Not too big … not too small.  I’ll admit, the first time I practice made this pattern I did not read the directions so I had to tear out a bit.  Turns out if you just follow everything Sarah writes –the bag will turn out perfectly!IMG_8725Each of the zipper pockets have a different colored lining too (and of course different colored zippers).  IMG_8727I think the thing I’m the most proud about it how well my zippers zip and unzip.  I worked really hard to make sure they were perfect!  IMG_8729

A simple straight line quilting using a walking foot and aurifil thread was the perfect complement to this pouch. 

The swap was a really good exercise for me to make something for someone else but stick to my “style” while I did it. The best part – my swap partner loved it!  And that’s really what it’s all about!

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