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Simple Zipper Pouch

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My re-introduction to sewing started with this simple zipper pouch.  I found a beginner class on Craftsy.com and jumped right in!  I started with this project in a purple and polka dot fabric combo that I found in Fat Quarters on sale at JoAnn’s.

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I learned quite a bit about my old sewing machine.  I had actually moved the thing from apartment to apartment since 2005 as my hubbie and I have moved from Gainesville, FL to Boston, MA and now to Syracuse, NY for our graduate educations.  My sweetie bought me this Brother LS1717 in 2005 and it took me until 2013 to open the box! Ooops!

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I learned a clever trick for zippers from this Craftsy class.  A regular ole’ glue stick works perfectly to temporarily hold the zipper tape to the fabric while you run to the sewing machine to baste it in place.  I have heard nightmares about pinning zipper tape, so I am relieved that this glue stick method makes zippers not scary at all!

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Just a narrow line of glue along the top edge of the zipper tape is all it takes to hold the fabric together.  I used the children’s glue stick that goes on purple and dries clear.  This made it even easier to see where I was gluing.

The best part: Once the glue dries, there isn’t even a trace of it!  No sticky mess!

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Ironing between each step was great assurance that my bag would end up with perfect corners and square edges in the end.

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I love this adorable little handle on the side.  It is super convenient for grabbing this pouch on the go!  Surprisingly, it didn’t add much bulk when sewing the top corner.  It gives a cute reveal of the adorable fabric that is on the inside of the pouch.

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I love the magic of turning the work inside right at the end and how everything just works out! Oh the fun of crafting!

 

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As I work on my sewing skills, stay tuned for more of my crafting adventures as I kick it up a notch!

 

 

Brrr Bear by Spud & Chloe

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In a drastic attempt to distract me from the torturous bar exam prep I was enduring this past January, I embarked on an equally challenging (yet way more fun!) project.  I ordered the Spud & Chloe pattern called “3 Brrr Bears” from WEBS (www.yarn.com).  It was my first stuffed animal to knit EVER…actually my first project with any real intricacy.

This project was an absolute lifesaver.  It was truly calming to knit a small piece each night after a grueling study day.  I always felt that knitting was great stress relief.  But, I can honestly say it is the best therapy!  It was a great way to wind down and to top it all off, I have this incredibly adorable bear to remember this life altering challenge I survived this past winter… passing the bar exam!

Sweater Yarn in "Ice Cream"

Sweater Yarn in “Ice Cream”

My Knit Notes:

2/4/13: Supplies arrived! My first impression of sweater yarn = scrumptious! I can’t wait to get this yarn wound and get started. (I ordered 4 instead of 3 skeins after reading several ravelry projects of the medium brrr bear that noted needing an extra.)

2/6/13: Wound 1 skein by hand. I like the “turkey baster” technique – worked like a charm and wound up fast. Off to a great start on the Body. Realize now that I still need a few supplies…

Current Shopping List: 
Muslin Fabric 
Poly Pellets 
Stuffing 
Sweater Yarn in Penguin (7522) 
Craft Eyes (21mm)from http://60-60.blogspot.com/2008/08/plastic-safety-eye-size…

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2/8/13: This yarn is a delight to work with. It makes the most perfect little v’s. I am surprised how fast it is coming along, considering there are now 100+ stitches per row. I am still working on the Body, almost ready to decrease again. Now that the work is shaped like a bag, it is super convenient to carry my active ball of yarn. Since it is so easily transported, I am taking it everywhere like this! :)

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2/13/13: The body and head pieces are ready for filling, so I have had to set them aside while I wait to buy the rest of my supplies. Last night I started my first leg. The edge pickup was challenging and it’s too soon to tell if there will be holes along the seam. It seems daunting to have 3 more legs just like it still to go. I have to admit this project is a great way to learn new stitches, finishing techniques, etc.

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 So far I have conquered the pfb and ssk, which were both new to me. I have also learned the felted splice joining technique, not sure how I feel about it yet, but its certainly holding. I have done the edge pickup on socks before but this project is a great refresher. By the time I get 4 legs, I should have some confidence in the technique. Here’s hoping!

I have completed the ears and tail pieces. They are so cute! And work up really fast! I love that the cast on tail becomes the yarn used to attach to the bear. So convenient!

I have read that the stuffing and sewing should be done as you finish each piece, but unfortunately my sewing is piling up because I don’t have any filing on hand. This seems daunting to a novice seamstress. I hope to tackle this aspect of the project soon.

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2/14/13: Finished the first hind leg last night! What a feat! I am excited to start the next one. A few pictures added of the pieces, all still without filing yet. Luckily, i have a few spare cables to hold the work at the filing spot while I move on to other pieces. I ordered the craft eyes from Etsy yesterday. Can’t wait to see them! I selected the 21mm size in Black.

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2/16/13: The second hind leg is complete. With all the pieces sitting together, this little guy is so adorable! I can’t wait to sew him together!

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Delay: Bar Exam – Feb 2013

3/5/13: Picked up the muslin fabric, poly pellets, and stuffing today. I sewed little pouches for the poly pellets for each hind leg paw and one for the body. The bear really came to life! I used black safety eyes (see link above).

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3/7/13: Added the last 2 legs and he is super cute! So cuddly! Only ears and tail to go!

3/17/13: All done! This has to be my most favorite project I have ever made! I don’t make many for myself, but I am really happy to have splurged on this one and created something I will cherish forever. Maybe it will be a special treasure for my future child someday! :)

With this project, I met some incredibly kind knitters on Ravelry.  I asked one fellow knitter, who had previously completed this project, for a few tips and made a wonderful friend!  In search of enough Sweater Yarn in Penguin for the nose, I met a wonderfully sweet knitter who offered to mail me a few yards from her stash  - no questions asked.  I feel so grateful to have met these kind women and I love belonging to the Ravelry community.

Check out this project and connect with me on Ravelry!

In the end, I named him “Sherlock” because I am absolutely addicted to the new show on CBS called “Elementary.”  I watch it every week with my guy Sherlock by my side. :)  I hope to make Sherlock a buddy soon.  I am going to start the Purlbee Bobble Sheep project in the next few weeks.

Stay Tuned!

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