Monday, January 08, 2007

Hemp Lover



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!

37 comments:

Megan said...

Ha ha ha ha.

Good job on these!

Interesting song...

Cathy said...

Hahaha! I would have never gotten that!

Your hemp is very fancy on the inside. I love your pouches!

Lora said...

Aren't making those zippers pouches addictive!?!? I just love making them and then opening them to a different fabric inside!!!
Thanks for jumping over to my blog to respond! :) I've found out where some quilt stores are here in town and I plan on maybe swinging by one today just for fun!! haha yeah right.. JUST for fun...ok Just for FABRIC LOL Keep up the inspiring art Jojo! I love it!

Lora said...

Aren't making those zippers pouches addictive!?!? I just love making them and then opening them to a different fabric inside!!!
Thanks for jumping over to my blog to respond! :) I've found out where some quilt stores are here in town and I plan on maybe swinging by one today just for fun!! haha yeah right.. JUST for fun...ok Just for FABRIC LOL Keep up the inspiring art Jojo! I love it!

kirsten said...

I am SO laughing about that song! Mr. Rogers is one of those shows that I liked as a kid, but now I find it amazingly trippy - and my kids aren't that interested, so that's okay.

autum said...

Very fancy pouches, inside and out!

Alicia A. said...

These are so great! Love the hemp AND the facier lining- great combo!

Dawn said...

Love the fancy pouches!!!

Ali said...

I never thought of myself as having facy insides, but now that I know I do, I am very pleased!

Lovely, lovely pouches.

Melissa said...

I love these!

beki said...

Your pouches look fantastic!

Katie said...

Boys are fancy on the outside? I am so confused, Mr. Rogers. The only reason I like Mr. Rogers at all is because of the field trips he takes to see people like Eric Carle, or the Picture-Picture videos of how they make backpacks, or straws. But the make-believe people creep me out.

syko said...

Haha!

Your pouches look lovely on both sides... And it is very addictive indeed, I run out of zippers all the time, got to get a good supplier...

capello said...

wow, who knew mr rogers was so full of double entrendres.

okay, i'm totally gonne get myself some hemp fabric now.

and what about your zippers? where'd you get those? and that awesome blue fabric with the ovals and colored rectangles? (i'm shameless, i know)

keri said...

Those are soo cute, I love the fancy, fun insides! =)

Soo said...

what wonderful pouches! I love how they are so simple on the outside and colourful on the inside!

Dana said...

I really like them!

Heather said...

Those are so cute, I love how mine turned out and want to make more also. But like you, I don't have zippers lying around the house so it takes a trip to Joann's which isn't easy when James is screaming "I hate that place."

I ordered a zipper for a knit sweater at zipperstop.com and remember they were really cheap. Might be a good place to start a zipper stash.

lera said...

They are all very cute. Love that lining! And that you used colored zippers. How cool!

tamdoll said...

Love these! What a good idea to use a stamp on the outside - much easier than stenciling, too. Here's a zipper source that I've heard of but haven't used yet - http://www.zipperstop.com/.

erin said...

Love the zipper pouches. Think I am going to give it a go. I am not a zipper person. I love the bright coloured fabrics too.

I remember that song! Mr. Rogers was a favourite while growing up. He was right up there with Mr. Dress-up and The Electric company!

kathy said...

Showoff. These are really cute! I'm quite a zippered pouch afficiando myself (pre-blogging days). I've ordered zippers twice from www.zipperstop.com. They ship really fast. The only drawback is the prices are so incredibly discounted that I always get more than I need. The good thing is it's still cheaper to order 10 than buy 3 at the store. I'm really happy with the YKK brand quality, same brand Esther's carries.

The Parson's Wife said...

Keep up the great work, and blog on! I adore your little shoes and really, I mean it, I am gonna, really, I will, I will get them done...soon, really...I am! Okay, Okay, maybe I need a little nudge...Blessings, Shawn <><

Lora said...

http://cgi.ebay.com/100-ZIPPERS-7-8-YKK-talon-NYLON-zippers-YKK_W0QQitemZ260069860714QQihZ016QQcategoryZ28173QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Check out this person on Ebay. A friend and I split one of these auctions and I STILL have zippers coming out my ears! LOL

joyce said...

yes, very addicting to make once you learn! those are great! i must try hemp material next time =)

Dacia said...

those are SO gorgeous! I love the letter stamp.

Wendy said...

Those are great and I love the in your face zips.

Lori Kay said...

SoloSlide Fasteners is a good source for zippers as well. A quick peek at their web sites shows they're about 40 cents/zipper. And you can buy them in onesie-twosies.

http://www.e-sewing.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SF&Category_Code=ZDNA

African Kelli said...

LOVE thos pouches. Nicely done. The lining fabrics are beautiful too. My zipper supplier is eBay. I buy them in lots.
Actually, I'd love to send you a handful. Email me your address!

Eren said...

I am laughing my butt off right now about your Mr. Rogers song!!!! And I love the pouches. I havent tried these yet, because I really stink at zippers. But you give me hope.

kimberly said...

Fancy? I'm pretty nubby all over. Love the pouches.

amandajean said...

I have used that same tutorial that you have mentioned, and it is fabulous! I have since been collecting vintage zippers at goodwill and my local thrift shop for 25 and 20 cents!!!

Gina said...

Those are really great looking!

Alisa said...

I love your pouches. And I totally know that song . . . girls grow up to be the mommies, boys grow up to be the daddies. Everybody's fancy, everybody's fine. Your body's fancy and so is mine.

TinkerBlue said...

I just found your blog today. Those pouches sre awesome. I like the idea of the hemp outside and the flowering building block fabric. However I can not master zippers1

jessica said...

great little pouches.

JL said...

Oh how i love the fabric!