Last year, I inherited a bundle of old metal zippers from my Nana who had carefully cut them out of old dresses and other things. I have been wanting to tackle my fear of zips and make some useful little zipper pouches with all the fabric I have here so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to give sewing some of these pouches a try.
I’ve had this cute Heather Ross Kokka Moon fabric for a while in my collection and always loved it but was unsure what to make with it so I was excited to make myself a new purse out of it as my first sampler. I am so happy with it! I think the dimensions work nicely here. The top stitching was really hard to do as the purse fabric was stitched all as one piece instead of 2 separate pieces which would allow me to sew the zip flat. Maybe I will try some more sewn as two pieces but I don’t mind the wonky top stitching – I think it adds character!
I tested my new purse on a recent trip to France and it was super useful being able to have all my things in one place. Whilst I was in France, I embroidered some salvaged linen with a pretty floral embroidery pattern and have now stitched these up into pouches too. The samples I made up have already proved super useful – I have one as a purse, one as a pencil case and one that I am currently using to take any small sewing projects out with me. I think they are super useful and pretty and such a lovely way for me to re-purpose my Nana’s zips which are super sturdy being metal and should last for many more years to come!
I will get some photos up of the floral embroidered ones here soon before I add them to my Etsy store. You can also check my instagram for a few sneak peaks of those..
I’d love to hear what you guys think! What would you use one for?
Have a great weekend all!
I recently dropped a new collection of hand embroidered pincushions off to my beautiful stockists, From Victoria in Lewes and thought I’d share some of the photos I had taken of them before they went!
It’s such a beautiful shop full of Victoria’s own matt ceramics, sweet little plants and treats from some of my favourite fellow makers such as Oh Someday Jewellery and Anna’s Drawing Room. These pretty pincushions make a great gift and each is made from a vintage cotton and stitched with a hand dyed lambswool. If you want to add that extra personal touch, you can order one in your own choice of colours in my Etsy shop and if you’re near Lewes any time soon I would highly recommend a little visit to Victoria’s little haven of treasures!
Have a beautiful day.
I have been wanting to do more with my embroidery and recently have been loving making these hand-embroidered zipper pouches from inherited and reclaimed fabrics. The zippers are ones that both my Nana’s had cut out of dresses and the linen is from a pair of linen trousers I unpicked.
I am offering 3 of these pouches in return for a £32 pledge of support for The Better Project Kickstarter which has been such an inspiration in me creating more consciously. You can read more about the project and pledge here. With only 3 days to go, we’d love your support and I hope one of these might tempt you!
I am also so excited to share this video of the super talented Lola Hoad of LH Design at work creating my new hand lettered logo! I was so lucky to win this prize after entering Lola’s giveaway to celebrate the launch of her super new branding package. I hope to be sharing more with you all very soon!
Sending Love as always!