Remember that little project I started earlier in the week? Ta dah! I finished it.
It took three sessions. One to cut the fabric and interface the pieces. One *slightly* longer session to put in (and take out!) the zip. A final one to sew it all together and turn the right way round. Ideal for little windows of creative time during the week.
All the zippy bags I’ve sewn, up until now, have followed pretty much the same method as the first one I did. This time I did a few things differently.
Used interfacing that didn’t make the fabric feel like cardboard, once I’d ironed it on. Held the zip in place with Wonder clips. That worked well. Avoiding the slight distortion of pins in the zip tape, while cutting out the extra step of gluing it in place. Added end covers to the zip. I think they give a lovely professional finish.
The thing I find the trickiest, when putting in zips, is keeping an even distance away from the zip teeth. Ideally the width of yellow zip tape on show would be the same all the way along. It wasn’t! I unpicked it and tried again. The result was much the same. I’ve got a new zip foot now so no excuses.
I start close to the teeth and then worry that I’m too close and veer away from them as I head towards the other end. A fact which those lovely zip covers highlight all too well. Did you notice that all my photos show one end or the other and not both in the same shot? Creative cropping! I’m counting on the cute fabric to divert attention away from this flaw. Of course I’ve pointed it out now. Shh! Don’t tell.