A Heather Ross Boxy Zipper Bag // Sewing with Friends


Yesterday, Pam, Laura and I met at Cindy’s house to sew and catch up a bit. I saw some adorable boxy zipper pouches on Cindy’s instagram feed over the weekend and begged her to teach me! Happily, she obliged.  We used this tutorial from Pretty Modern with a few modifications, including using fusible fleece with both the lining and the feature fabric to give it a little more structure.  I will make the handle a bit longer next time, but really wanted to use this polka dot from Cindy’s scrap bin, so we made it work.


I started with a 12” zipper (love the metal zippers, I just need to remember I can’t sew over them), so the pouch is on the larger side.  I added some treats and hope to drop it off to a friend soon in celebration of the birth of her new baby boy. I have to admit, once you make one, you want to make about 100 more. I even went to Joanns yesterday and bought fusible fleece and a seam roll yesterday. I see many more of these in my future!

A few more thoughts:

1. It feels good to sew and to want to sew! Yesterday was my first time sewing since a few weeks before Quilt Market. Who knows, I might actually write up my experience about Quilt Market tomorrow.

2. This is a seam roll. I might be the only quilter in the world who has never seen one, but they are pretty cool! Dritz 82503 Clothing Care Seam Roll

3. Finally, if you have ever wondered how a sewing machine actually works, my friend Becky sent me this cool gif from The Atlantic.

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  1. Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I love this pouch! So cute!

  2. Posted November 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    This pouch is so lovely. I love sewing with friends, too! And thanks for sharing the link to the gif. Just last night, as I was sewing, I was wondering what was actually going on beneath the plates… now I know! :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      who knew, right? I love random finds like that sewing machine gif!

  3. Posted November 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Love the pouches Katie…and the sewing machine gif is way cool too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    So cute! I love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial–these would make great holiday gifts!

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