Before I get too carried away with that, though, I thought it best to have a trial run so I downloaded the Triple-Zip Pouch tutorial by the amazing Debbie of A Quilter's Table and got a-cutting.
There are soooo many gorgeous fabric and colour combinations of triple-zip pouches out there but I opted for something simple (and available) and went with solid purples, ombre style.
Thanks to Debbie's great tutorial, it all came together quickly and easily (not taking into account my own slackness).
When it comes to zips I prefer to sew quite closely to the teeth - so that the tape on the sides isn't too visible. This can mean that my seam allowance is >1/4" so I ended up re-cutting the two lighter purples so that they were 1 3/4" wide rather than the suggested 1 1/4". I cut all the other pieces exactly per Debbie's instructions.
Oh, and sewing so close to the zip may or may not result in a needle - finger injury. Or so I hear. Ahem.
For the final step I turned to this tutorial for an alternative ending (with pics) - and it worked like a treat.
Here she is in all her finished glory. I think that the ombre look turned out really well. It would look amazing in pinks. Or blues. Or greens.
As you can see, I somehow managed to sew over the zips on the left-hand side - whereas the right is as it should be. Hmm. I also need to work on popping those corners out so it doesn't end up so... crappy. Never fear, dear partner... I will perfect it. :)
The lining is a sweet paisley, left over from this quilt. I still love it.
I've been meaning to make one of these pouches ever since I saw them explode all over the Blogosphere so I was thrilled to finally have an excuse to give it a go. I'm really happy with the final result (regardless of the oopsies) and will definitely be making myself more of these!
Until then, though, I really should think about my partner. I have started playing with fabrics and have so far pulled these options. What do you think? Obviously I'm hoping that my secret partner has a say but comments or suggestions from you all would be much appreciated.
Thanks! I'm off to continue stalking and pulling fabrics.
On a side note - jump onto IG and share a pic of your sewing space as it is right now. Use hashtag #sewingspaceshame. Let's keep it real - and, no doubt, have a giggle! I have a feeling that I'm not the only... err... messy one. :)