December 12, 2012

Big Mouth Pouch

If you've spent any amount of time looking at quilting / sewing blogs, you've probably heard the Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Anna. I had the pleasure of taking Anna's class at Sewing Summit and told myself that I'd make one one of these days. That day has come. I made a couple pouches to carry my knitting because they look stupid in plastic zippy bags. (No offence to plastic zippy bags. Love you.

I detest zippers more than I could ever explain. They are truly heinous and I hate them. Every time I sew with them I get so irate and I just want to chuck it at the wall. This time was no different. BUT, I powered through and I have two giant pouches to show for my anger and swearing! I did break a needle and thought I was going to lose an eye... SERENITY NOW!!!

And me being me, I simply can't follow a pattern as written. I made the pouch bigger than the biggest size offered (I cut the pieces 16" long by 13" high and boxed the corners at 4.75") to easily fit any knitting I'm working on.

I also used double zippers so that they open super extra wide. Hence the name Big Mouth Pouch hehehe :) My mum's going to think the name is very befitting of me... right, Mum?

See? They open up like buckets almost... so good for when I'm digging around in there. And they zip shut with the yarn sticking out of the middle of the bag.

I know, I'm so clever.

And I used fusible fleece on the outer layer so that they can actually stand up instead of flopping over, but without being too stiff or making the layers too thick with batting.

The pouches are made from Denyse Schmidt prints... I think the blue one is from the Richmond collection. The other might be Fancy Free? I've completely lost track of her collections at Joann's. The lining is just some leftover Moda Dottie left over from my Single Girl quilt backing. Might as well put it to use, plus grey goes with pretty much everything.

You've already seen my Array Cowl that's in the orange pouch, but the colourful knitting in the blue pouch is a cowl based on the Leftovers Cowl but instead of leftovers, I'm using a stripey sock yarn. It's just knit in the round as a tube, and will be joined with a kitchener stitch (I started it with a provisional cast on which I'll remove later on). It's something I can knit without looking at... like when I'm laying in bed watching telly. Yes, I knit while laid in bed. You know you want to.

There'll be quilty business happening soon... don't worry, I'm not leaving quilts for knitting anytime soon :)

12 comments:

Jeanette said...

Love the extra large size! Your posts always make me laugh-the zippers look awesome, even if they did cause some temporary stress.

Debbie said...

Saw these on IG and they really are awesome! But I'm confused - did you purchase the zips like this, or did you add an extra pull to a long zip. Either way can you give more info? (source, technique, length?) I know someone on my Christmas list who could use one....

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

I am a quilter first, and quite a new knitter (just finished my first Honey Cowl). Keep posting about your knitting, please! I like to read about both things.

Laura said...

Whew! Glad to read that you're not deserting quilting for knitting. Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

Bea García said...

Pretty pouches, Audrey!

mascanlon said...

Love that stripey yarn. I think i will go off and find something like that online. I can only knit and mostly in the round but it would make a cute hat for my toddler granddaughter! And like everyone else, trying to figure out the double zipper thing! These bags are so cool!

Cindy said...

I love your pouches- very cute!! I need to make some of these myself. I love the idea of the double zippers- pretty clever!!:) And what a colorful cowl! You do nice work, Audrie!

Danielle said...

Awesome. You do make me laugh. :)

Elsa said...

You can be so silly!
Great idea for the pouch ~ I've made quite a few of them, but this is even better! I like mine on the bigger side to, for knitting, EPP and applique supplies. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sharon M said...

I love your pouches!! I have never seen these zippers with two pulls. I will give this a try after the new year. So nice to meet you and thanks for signing my book.

Carla said...

Hi there! We just got your book into the shoppe where I work. It is nice to see you featured in it. I think I will wrap it up for Christmas to me ---from me ; )

Live a Colorful Life said...

These zippered pouches are awesome! And so are the cowls. Love, LOVE!

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