Made: Project Sewing 101- A Zippy Coin Purse.

Well folks, I've taken a bit of a break from my regular Made Monday, posts, but I'm back in action!  Now that the studio's all reorganized and open for business (tour coming soon!), I have been a busy bee reconnecting with my sewing machine .

Like I revealed at the end of this post , last that I left off, I was struggling to conquer mangled edges when inserting a zipper into my next challenge, the coin purse.  Much like my recent knitting project gone wrong , 4th time was the charm for me here.

Like I mentioned I would last Monday, I ditched my confusing project book and instead followed this easy to read tutorial on Stelabird .   I found it much, much easier to follow than my book, as she of course provided visuals with every step, unlike my stupid book unfortunately.

I'm pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?
Although, next time I'd probably add some interfacing in between the layers like Stela suggested as it is a bit flimsy.

And my corners are still a bit mangled, but they're much, much better and more acceptable than:

Try #1- didn't even catch them!

Tries #2, 3, & 4- Each one looked exactly like this one (which lead me to almost give up!)

But I KNOW this is a skill I must master if I have any intention of ever reaching my goal of improving my current line of .  Since this little guy takes up just a little bit of fabric, and doesn't take but so long to make, I think I'll make several more of them for further practice.  Holiday gifts anyone??

Question: If you are a seamstress, perhaps you can shed some light on my weird zipper corners.  How do I get that nice folded in diagonal edge?  Is it with more poking around, or do I actually need to fold the corner and press it, what?


Duni said...

Well done, Nancy!
You're so patient for undoing and re-doing the seams :)
I love the polka dot detail!

LimeRiot said...

I love your fabric choices, Nancy. It looks great.

My zipper corners always look wonky but I have used the technique for covering the corner edges of the zipper with a small piece of fabric in this tute...


I think it makes for a nice clean look.

Stela said...

Your zipper pouch looks great!! If you learn of a way to have pretty zipper corner please share with us!

Erika, Artful Rising said...

I never like this part. I saw play with it. I have seen some tutorials where it seems like they stop sewing when they get close the zipper and restart just past on the other side. Of course, you run the risk of not catching enough but that is where the play comes in.

The pouch looks great by the way!

BeadedTail said...

It turned out great! I can't sew so don't know what those instructions look like but I have trouble following beading patterns because people just don't explain it the way I need to read it. It's frustrating!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

I love the dotty inside!

Sadly, no zipper advice here, but if you ever figure it out I'd love to know!

pasqueflower said...

Your bag is so cute! Love the polka dots. I don't have any sure fire cures for zipper ends -- always tricky.

Rose said...

Nicely done! I love your fabric choices. I have a tough time with tutorials that don't have step by step photos. Clearly a lot of people don't because that's what so many books have, but I'm glad that I'm not the only one.

Additionsstyle said...

I think you zippered coin purse looks great.
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