If you are fairly new to following along at So Sew Easy, then you might have missed this project from some time back so I thought you'd like to see what I've been sewing.
I've been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues. They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal. They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry.
I use mine on my key ring and its ideal to keep my lip balm and a few bank notes for when I pop out to the shop to buy bread and milk (and chocolate.) There's also room to screw up a plastic carrier bag and pop inside to bring my groceries/chocolate home.
So I've started a small production line to make sure I have enough for everyone, and these are surprisingly quick to sew up if you are making a whole bunch. Plus they are perfect for using small pieces of fabric which are too small for any other project. You can actually make 4 from a fat quarter and still have a little fabric left over.
If you have a bunch of mis-matched zippers, too big or too small for other projects or just in the wrong colors, then you can use them up for this and clear out your stash.
I get my zippers from Zipper Island on Etsy because I love the huge choice and the great prices. The wholesale bundles of assorted colors are so cheap and ideal for keeping in your stash or using on this sort of project. The cute little swivel lobster clasps came from there too – these are the perfect size for this. Buy a big bag – you'll want to make lots of these little pouches.
Here are the details from the original project and the video on how to make them.
- Finished size – about 3.5 long, 1.25 inches tall and 2.25 inches wide
- Easy to scale pattern if you want a larger size
- Super cute!
- Great scrap buster – uses small pieces
- Attach it to your keys, or use it for your kids lunch money and attach to their school bag
- Use it to hold a few essential inside your main purse, hygiene supplies, lip stick, tissues/wipes.
- Makes great gifts and stocking stuffers
I think everyone can find a use for a little zipper pouch like this one, and at this time of year they are great gift ideas – something for teachers with a few nice chocolate truffles inside?
**WARNING** But be careful! This pattern can be addictive! You might start with one, then you'll make a second and before you know it, you'll be knee deep in the cute little things – like the tribble (remember those?) How many takes did it need to get this scene without laughing!