EASY Rounded Zip Pouch TUTORIAL

 With the holidays kind of right around the corner, I started sewing up some little zip pouches with extra fabric in my stash.  These pouches come together really quick, are great for using up larger fabric scraps AND make a great gift.  Who doesn't love a zip pouch?

Here's what I did.  First, get the pattern HERE.
You'll need 2 exterior pieces, 2 interior pieces and a 9 inch zipper.  I added a fusible interfacing to my exterior fabric, but this is totally optional.
 Clip or pin your zipper to one exterior piece, right sides together, with zipper pull hanging off one end (zipper tape lined up to the other end).  
Pin the INTERIOR fabric on top of the zipper, right side facing down (not sure how I missed this picture, sorry!).  Sew through all 3 layers with a zipper foot and a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 
When you fold back the layers, it should look like this.  You can see the pink INTERIOR fabric in back, with wrong side of interior and exterior together.

Repeat with the other exterior and interior pieces.  
So, you'll pin the exterior piece to the zipper with right sides together (as shown).  Then place the INTERIOR piece on the other side of the zipper, right side facing the wrong side of the zipper.  Sew across the top with a zipper foot and 3/8 inch seam allowance.
 Here's what is looks like when all the pieces are sewn to the zipper and pressed down.  You can topstitch next to the zipper if you like.
 With the zipper opened all the way, match the lining and exterior pieces.  Starting at the lining piece, sew all the way around, leaving about a 3 inch opening in the bottom of the lining.  Cut off the zipper end and turn right side out.
Either by hand or by machine, stitch the opening in the lining closed.
Done!  I sew fairly quickly and each one took me about 20 minutes start to finish!  How great is that?


The Little Boy Learns to Sew

This is kind of stating the obvious, but sewing is a huge part of my life.  My daughter has been at my feet in my sewing room since she was an infant.  When she started getting interested in sewing, we happen to win a copy of Sewing School 2 and for her birthday, I got her a Janome Sew Mini sewing machine.  It served it purpose, but it's quality matched it's price; cheap.  All of a sudden, the little boy turned 7 and instantly decided he wanted to learn to sew too.
 We turned to our Sewing School 2 book again and just like that, he made a few projects and caught the sewing bug.
 Our little Sew Mini was on it's last leg and after a few projects, it finally bit the dust.  I went searching for a replacement machine with only 1 feature in mind, speed control.  My sewing machine has a little dial where you can reduce the machine speed regardless of how hard you press on the foot.  I think for kids, this is really helpful.  But, I wanted something affordable as well.  I finally decided on the Brother CS-6000i.

 I can't say enough good things about this machine.  Keep in mind, I am not being compensated for any of this, so these opinions are totally not influenced.  The machine costs less than $150, comes with a billion little accessories, has a great LED light, and it super easy to thread and use.  We had it out of the box and the kids sewing with it in a flash.  I'm so happy with our purchase and it's feels so wonderful to have taught both my kids the love of sewing.
This little gem is going straight to the keepsake box!


iCandy Handmade's Everyday Skirt // Transitioning to Fall

 Wow, it's been a long time since my last post!  I have been sewing a lot, but haven't had the time to take, edit and post pictures.  I'm trying to get caught up, so check back often for some upcoming posts.  
I just need to take a quick minute to reflect on blogging.  I started blogging over 5 years ago (holy moley, time flies!) as a fun way to share projects and to keep me motivated.  Life has gotten busier and blogging isn't such a high priority for me anymore and to be quite honest, I've gotten a little tired of seeing so many "sponsored posts" from some of my favorite bloggers.  I totally understand that some people make their living by blogging and doing sponsored posts is part of that.  I have ads on my sidebar and for me it generates a teeny tiny bit of money.  I've been approached many times to do sponsored posts or to be a "influencer".  It's not who I am or why I do this.  Anyway, I guess I just want to say that I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and my pictures might not be perfect and my poses are kind of all the same in the same places around my house.  I'm going to keep blogging with the hope that I can share a little bit of my sewing knowledge and maybe inspire someone out there to try a new pattern or follow one of my tutorials.  Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you with my monologue or offended anybody.  This isn't meant to be directed at anybody in particular, just something I needed to say.  Moving on.....
This time of year, I'm kind of ready to transition to fall, but so far, the weather hasn't been cooperating with that.  I wanted to make myself a knit half circle skirt and just didn't have the patience for taking measurements and doing the math.  I stumbled across the Everyday Skirt Take 2 from iCandy Handmade and decided to give it a try.  The best part is there is a free, downloadable pattern.  Since I'm a bit smaller than a medium, I just compared the pattern to a skirt I own and trimmed it down.
I sewed this up in a lovely ponte knit.  I really love this skirt.  The weight and drape of the knit is exactly what I was after.  And I can totally wear it into fall with leggings and boots.
The first one came together so quickly and easily, I decided to make a navy version.  This time I used my coverhem to stitch along the waistband to help it sit a little flatter.
I think this one took me a little more than half and hour to sew.  
Can you say instant gratification? 
I Just finished another Simplicty 2226 skirt, my third so far.  And, I've got some harem pants I'm not quite sold on to share.  Hoping for some time and motivation to take pictures soon!