Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bright and Buzzy zipper pouches and a BIG bag

How has it been 6 weeks since my last post?!? Geez this year has been absolutely flying by. I've been busy, busy as a bee (forgive me, sometimes I can't contain myself), but was able to make a few goodies from my new Bright and Buzzy collection. I woke up this morning and realized I had never shared them with you!

The first bag is this little zip pouch for my friend's daughter Hailey. I've really loved using the Alphabet panel from the collection to personalize things in a fun way.I used all three of the bee prints and the two honeycomb prints from Bright and Buzzy. Then threw in a few Olive the Ostrich coordinates and my favorite Modern Whimsy circles (am starting to hoard these in my stash...I will be SAD when I run out!)  Ms. H loved the little pouch and it was so much fun to be able to surprise her with it.

And then there's the mother of all zipper bags. I made this big ol' bag to take to Quilt Con and its going to be the best beach bag. It measures 25 x 18". It's HUGE. I basically followed the open wide zip pouch pattern by Noodlehead but just made it giant. The zipper is a plastic one from Joann's that's made for jackets and I love how chunky it is. I added a little pull tab so I could make sure to open it without fighting wiht the bag. The leather handles came from All 4 Handmade's Etsy store and I just hand sewed them on using embroidery floss (wishing I had a thimble the whole time!) Must remember to order more straps to have on hand for future projects...

I lined the inside of the bag with the green bees from Bright and Buzzy and used some more Modern Whimsy Circles for a whole bunch of interior pockets. In retrospect I wish I had made at least one of the pockets a zip pocket but I didn't know how to make that work and I was making the bag last minute so couldn't be bothered to google it. Next time :)

And then there's also my Z for Zipper pouch which is posted about a while ago. I love this little guy. :)

Bright and Buzzy has just started arriving in quilt shops, so I hope you will find some on your sewing tables soon. I can't wait to see what you make!! I'll keep an eye on Pinterest, Instagram and Flickr!!