I've been making some pouches using the excellent tutorial from twelve22--a great pattern for beginner zipper people like myself. These pouches are made of hemp fabric, and I absolutely love working with it...the nubbiness, the texture, the smell. And now, like linen, it's one of those things that I am addicted to and must have in my stash. I got it here...it's the hemp summercloth. Tell them Joanna sent you.
Anyway, after having trouble finding zippers that were a perfect match, I decided to go funky and get in-your-face zippers that made more of a statement. It was fun matching the lining of the pouches to the zippers. The letters on the outside are just fabric paint stamped on with those foam letter stamps that scrapbookers use. And sometimes, as I was making these, I'd get all philosophical and think that these pouches, a little plain on the outside, but fancy on the inside, are how we all should be.
Good old Mr. Rogers. Our kids love him and so do we. You know his song, "Some are fancy on the outside. Some are fancy on the inside." We've been stressing to our kids how important it is to focus on being fancy on the inside. So you can imagine my shock, as I decided to print off the words of the song, that that particular one is actually about gender awareness. i.e. boys are fancy on the outside and girls are fancy on the inside. OKAAAY! That will teach me to clean up in the kitchen when the kids are watching TV. By the way, these pouches are going to people who are fancy on the inside...in more ways than one. Ha ha ha. Ahem.
**All the lining fabric is from Moda. The ruler and flowery fabric are from the building block collection, and the other two in the orange and blue colorways (background fabric) are from the peas and carrots collection.
**Zippers are from Joann's. I'd love to know if you have a good zipper supplier!