I picked up some adorable fat quarters at the store the other day (on a whim - I'm so bad!) and when I stumbled across this tutorial I knew exactly what they'd be used for. If you're familiar with bias tape, zippers, and vinyl, then you're good to go on this project. Definitely not for a beginner, however. Tutorial here by the way, from Haberdashery.
Looking back over the tutorial (I glanced at it for measurements before I dove in, multitasking with Hulu) I realize I did my vinyl + zipper right sides together, which left it looking uneven. Two fixes for this:
1) Cut my vinyl straighter like Haberdashery and sew it like hers, so it lays flat or
2) Make one large vinyl-zipper piece with right sides together, then top stitch down.
I've also seen a number of other designs for jewelry rolls - specifically ones with"ring rolls" and those with clasps for long necklaces. I think incorporating those into this design would make a great gift for someone who wears that type of jewelry! (I don't).
It measures ~8 x 10 with cutesy rounded corners and 3 vinyl zip pockets. I chose to divide the smaller one (1.5" tall) into two pockets for earrings, and the other two are big enough for watch, bracelet, etc.
What do you think?
I chose to use zippers instead of Velcro. Why? I've made vinyl Velcro bags before, that were subject to daily use, and the good Velcro didn't hold up - and by that I mean the Velcro survived but took down my fabric. In the words of another blogger, it also makes for quiet snacking when its snack time in your car's back seat.
And what is the lining, you ask? Well here's what you shouldn't use (not food safe):
I'm not going to do a full-blown tutorial because its a zipper pouch - there are a ton of tutorials for flat zipper pouches on various blogs. But I'll give you a quick overview of what I did.
For the peek-a-boo bag: Same instructions as the solid bag, but your front piece will have a plastic window. You have two options - you can cut a rectangle that will be the back and the bottom panel of the front piece, or you can cut a square for the back, and two rectangles for the front.
The window is from Ziploc plastic as well. And you will also cut a full Ziploc plastic lining for the inside.
To assemble the front, line the plastic against the right side of the shelf liner, straight stitch. Then, fold the hem of the shelf liner towards the shelf liner side, and stitch on the back (looks like top stitch from the front). Repeat for other side.
Continue assembling the bag the same way as the solid bag. If you used two separate panels then remember to zig zag stitch the bottom.
Will you try out this project? Link me to your photos, if you do!