Monday, September 13, 2010

Sewing for Pampered Travel

I had the great opportunity to spend a whisper of time with some lovely old friends this past week. I have missed many a birthday and holiday with this crew in the way that you do with too many close friends. So, I decided to take the opportunity to make a little something that could fit in a suitcase and pamper them a little bit on their travels.
So, I designed this easy zipper, beauty pouch and tucked in homemade face cleaner and facial oil from here. To make the pouch I cut one long piece of fabric in both an outside design and a lining fabric and attached the zipper to both ends, which is a little tricky actually but not bad. Then with the zipper half un-zipped I sergered up the sides (outside fabrics facing). Viola! Turned right-side out, it was done. Without a serger the same thing could be done using a french seam.

I can already tell you I'm going to be making more of these, they are so handy and simple...they also are just the right size for that small bit of leftover fabric that you love but don't know what to make with. In fact, I already made the extra striped one for my mom.
One little trick: it worked best if I used an extra long, plastic zipper and sewed through it rather than using the right size zipper and dealing with the weird-ness at the end of the zipper. I don't know if that makes sense.


Juniper said...

The bag,oil and cleanser was such a wonderful gift! Thank you!!! How lucky am I to have a friend like you!

Julie said...

As always, you amaze me. xo.

mama-pan | mary frances said...

oh, these are great--and your explanation makes them seem totally approachable. I've been shying away from zippered pouches for a while now. so glad you had time with friends :-)