This week, I have been clipping along on the stitched notions pouch I started over a year ago. Last week I finished the lining pockets.
This week, I worked on the zippered, windowed interior pockets.
Remember, I'm not working from a pattern, so I'm winging it as I go, and this is where I ended up, after installing two zippers, two vinyl windows, with lined fabric between the vinyl and zippers.
Once this double pocket is done, it'll be sewn to the cover and lining with two seams, creating two book-style pockets for stuff.
I made the pockets into one continuous loop, flattened it with right sides facing, and sewed the top and bottom, then turned the whole thing right side out through one of the zipper openings. . .
Looks good, right?
However. . .
I don't like that you can see the raw lining edges through the vinyl window. Over time, that will fray and won't improve the look.
I did a poopy job stitching over one of the zipper ends.
When I turned the piece right sides out, the vinyl crinkled and left several damage marks. I kinda expected this might happen, but since I don't often work with vinyl, I thought I'd give it a try.
That's three strikes. I'm out!
I may be 'out' but I'm not giving up. I have plenty of fabric, zippers, and vinyl for the next 'at bat.' As a bonus, I now have all the measurements that I want and a better game plan in my head.
In the words of Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!"
I'm taking the fork, and I'll be back for another inning. Stay tuned.
In other news
I've been working on this Christmas stitching project, on and off since last Christmas season.
I have two letters left and I'm out of gas. Perhaps it's just the wrong season and my heart isn't in this project at the moment. It's fun and I like it but it's hard to get motivated by candles and holly, when happy daisies are in bloom outside my window!
Just so happens that I was scrounging around in my stash for something else and came across this little gem.
I forgot that I had it!
I know Mill Hill kits are very popular with the stitching crowd, but I'm just not excited about stitching on paper.
Then it dawned on me . . . Paper-schmaper! Who says I hafta stitch on paper!?
I ordered some stitchy fabric in a light green shade and started organizing the threads from the kit.
Since the kit has only one or two lengths of each color of 6-stranded floss, I used the 'points' on four Your Nest Thread Nest Floss Bobbins to organize the thread colors from the kit in the same sequence as they appear on the chart.
Once my stitchy fabric order arrives, I can start stitching something more seasonal and hummingbird-y. And you know I'll be adding some Stitchery Crossover stuff to this fun little project, too!
Now, where is that fabric?! There are hummingbirds to stitch, after all!