Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Blush Blog Hop: Zipper Pouches

I'm thrilled to be the last stop on the Windham First Blush Blog Hop!

The First Blush collection by Ruby Red Designs is so light and airy, and full of vintage-inspired prints. It's been sitting in my studio for a few months, helping keep that summer vibe alive as the days get darker and colder. I've enjoyed seeing what everyone else created from their fabrics (see the links below if you've missed any!), and I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

If you've visited my blog before, you may know that my house is filled with, how does the rhyme go? Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.

This was my opportunity to create something girly! I have three nieces who are at just the right ages for filling zippered pouches with treasures. And thanks to this hop, I now have my first three Christmas gifts complete!




I used the Triple Zip Pouch tutorial from Debbie at A Quilter's Table as inspiration for these sweet pouches. I sewed a Triple Zip Pouch back when the tutorial was new and liked the construction method and the opportunity to add many different fabrics into the pouch. I sorted the fabric and picked five to use for each pouch for maximum mix-and-matchiness.



These pouches are larger than the sample in the tutorial, and I only used two zippers. I had fun coming up with a different way to customize each pouch as well!

A sweet gingham ruffle:


I had fun choosing different prints for the two linings (and of course different colored zippers!)


I fused a wavy ribbon on this pouch. I love the little floral stripe! 


Two more prints on the inside: 


These soft pinks and blues seemed perfect for a heart applique.


Pale white and pink prints on the inside as well:


Here's the fourth bundle I put together but didn't use. I think this might become my pouch...



A big thank you to Windham for providing me with the fabric to play with! And now it's your chance to win some First Blush (and more). For each day of the hop, Windham Fabrics will giveaway a FQ bundle of the collection, along with a small thread box of First Blush from Aurifil for each stop of the blog tour! Thank you Aurifil!

For a chance to win the FQ bundle and small thread box, leave me a comment letting me know if you've ever made a zip pouch. Because I'm the last day on the hop, this giveaway is only open until 9 am on Friday, October 28th. So leave your comment quickly! :) 






And if you missed any of the other stops on the hop, check them out here:

Blog Schedule
Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley, made by Chrissie D

Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pincushion

Wednesday, October 12 -  Fat Quarter Shop

Thursday, October 13- Windham/Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine

Friday, October 14- Jennie at Clover and Violet

Saturday, October 15- Aurifil- Hilary Jordan

Sunday, October 16- Tina Egner

Monday, October 17 – Kristyne Czepuryk

Tuesday, October 18 – Allison Harris

Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox

Thursday, October 20 – Angie Wilson Gnome Angel

Friday, October 21 – Debbie at happy little cottage

Saturday, October 22 – Heidi Staples

Sunday, October 23 – Leanne Elliott

Monday, October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio

Tuesday, October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring

Wednesday, October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton

Thursday, October 27 – Lisa Ruble

Rules for how to win:

Contest is open from Monday, October 10th through Thursday, October 27th. Contest is open to US and International entries. Winners will be chosen randomly from comments posted on blog posts and will be announced Friday, October 28th.

p.s. If you don't win, First Blush is shipping right now, so ask for it at your local quilt shop! And don't miss the BOM featuring First Blush by It's Sew Emma--you can find details on the Fat Quarter Shop website

84 comments:

  1. I have made zippered pouches. When I was making jean quilts I save all the zippers from the jeans and sometimes use these, what a way to repurpose. Thanks for all the ideas at your blog site.

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  2. Hi Ellie! Yes I have made a couple of them, very simple and with dots inside! Thank you for being part of a blog tour! Is great fun!

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  3. Nice bag! I've made many zip bags myself. in fact, I've got an event running on my blog right now and you could enter your bag for a chance to win a prize!

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  4. Yes, I have made lots of zip pouches. I make them for gifts. I love the colors you chose for your pouches. Thank you.

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  5. I've made many zippy pouches. Yours are super cute!!

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  6. I love to make zippered pouches, I've made 5 or 6 and I love them all.

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  7. I've never made a zip pouch but it is on my list to try!

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  8. I have made zipped pouches....many of that odd shaped pattern. Yours are super cute so I will have to make some! I love this vintage feel fun fabric line!!

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  9. I like your christmas gits... :)

    Have a nice day the nähbegeisterte

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  10. Those are darling. I've done zippered pouches before, but never a double zippered one. My house had four sons and, like you, it was so much fun to sew something girlie.

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  11. I love zippered pouches and have been looking at patterns lately. So far I've only made some fairly small ones to store ear buds and that type of thing but wanted to make some bigger pouches for my nieces to use. Thanks for sharing! Have loved seeing everyone's different ideas and creativity!

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  12. Last year I learned how to make little bags and pouches. I made several for gifts. Love this beautiful fabric line. Thanks!

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  13. So cute! I made zippered pouches as teacher gifts last Christmas.

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  14. Last Christmas I made 20 zippered pouches! Such a great easy gift! I never thought of adding a cute heart, thanks for the idea!

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  15. Your pouches are super cute. I've made single zipper pouches before but would love to make multiple ones.

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  16. i have made zipper pouches...the last was for my mom using seaglass fabric, which she loves...and yours are sooo pretty and girly!

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  17. Love your pouches!! Lucky nieces!!! :) Beautiful & creative job!!

    I have made two pouches before..has been awhile tho. Plan to make some as Christmas gifts this year...& I thank you for your Inspiration!! Thanks too..for chance to win some of these AWESOME fabrics as well! :D

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  18. Never made a zipped pouch, but have used them. They are great. Remember the boys can use them for small toys (cars, robots, legos). 24Tangent@gmail.com

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    1. The first Triple Zip Pouch I made actually has tool fabric on it and currently holds several Matchbox cars! My boys love pouches too!

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    2. I have never made a zipper pouch. Love the fabric and these would make such fun gifts.

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  19. I love making zippy pouches - they make great gifts! i have not made a double zippered pouch but I will have to give it a try! Thank you for sharing! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I think one of the best things about First Blush is the way it can be separated into "mix and match-I-ness" groups! There are just so many great possibilities and you did a super job of finding some of my favorite combinations. I have made many zippered pouches, in many sizes. I like to embroider a name or initial on them or sometimes a special applique. They make super gifts!

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    1. I agree! I have one more five-fabric bundle set aside to make a green, orange and yellow pouch. Maybe for myself! :)

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  21. I made a phone case that had a zipper pocket on the back. It was my first zipper project!

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  22. I love making zipper pouches. I've made several styles as gifts and love them all. But I've never made them with hearts or ruffles or wavy ribbons! Thanks for the new inspiration. :)

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  23. I've made lots of zip pouches. They make great gifts and I always have one in my purse. Your three pouches are wonderful and sure to be appreciated by the nieces!

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  24. Such cute pouches! Your nieces will love them. I have made pouches for my granddaughters. I fill them with littles goodies whenever I send them a new one.

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  25. I have never made a zip pouch. Yours are so cute I think I am going to have to start making them for gifts. I have kind of avoided them because I am not fond of putting in zippers but after reading the tutorial you linked to it looks pretty easy.

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  26. HI,Happy I found you!What a great Blog!Yes,I've made myself+my daughters+friends,zipped pouches for cosmetic bags!Thanks for your ideas+giveaway too!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  27. I've never made a zipped pouch, primarily because I'm not sure what I would use it for, and also I'm a little leary of working at trying to get the zipper right. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

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  28. I have never made a zip pouch, but I like yours, thanks for sharing and the giveaway!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  29. I've never made a pouch before. I really don't like to mess with zippers....:)

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  30. No, I've ever made a zip pouch. I have several patterns for them, but haven't taken the plunge yet.

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  31. I've never made a zip pouch, but after seeing yours I've added it to my to-do pile. Cute and useful!

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  32. Yes, I've made zip pouches. Yours are very sweet. I'm sure it was so much fun picking and choosing fabrics from this sweet fabric collection.

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  33. I love to make zip bags!! So useful!

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  34. I've made one zip pouch and that was a few years ago. I think it's time to make some more!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  35. When i first started sewing I made TONS of zipper pouches for everyone i knew. I have not made any for a while though I did make an adorable emergency sewing kit that had a zippered pouch for my granddaughter that was off to college. I could actually use a few and just dont think to make the silly time to do it. kwarren29@cox.net

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  36. I've made basic single zip pouches before but never a double or triple zip. I love these fabrics, so many looks from one group! Thanks for sharing and being in the hop, it's been fun!

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  37. Your pouches turned out cute. So nice to have a few Christmas gifts checked off already. Good for you. I have made several zip pouches, some with recycled candy wrappers that turned out cute. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

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  38. I made a pouch without a zipper but I like your three zippered pouch ideas.

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  39. Yes I've made several of them that I've given away. This year I need to make one I keep for myself. Love this cute fabric line!

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  40. I have made zip pouches before. They're quick and easy and I think I see making some more in the near future!

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  42. I haven't made any zipper pouches yet, but I think I will if I win the fabric bundle! thanks for the chance.

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  43. Yes, I've made a zippered pouch....with osu buckeye fabric! Would love to make more! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  44. I've made many zip pouches. None with multiple zippers though -- I ought to give that a try! Your pouches are so cute -- the girls will love them. The photo of your boys is great, they look like lots of fun and mischief!

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  45. What cute little pouches, that fabric is perfect for them! I have made many pouches......really need to make some more as they are wonderful gifts!

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  46. Loving the pouches. Beautiful & useful. Thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  47. Those are so grogeous. I have done sevearlzippered pouches before and love to gift them, but never done a double zippered one but have tried to do it.

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  48. Thank you for the giveaway! Love the zippered pouches, I'm going to make some for teacher gifts this year!

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  49. I haven't made a zippered pouch yet!

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  50. I made a cute zippered bag using a free pattern from Shabby Fabrics.

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  51. I've made a cross body bag that has a zipper. I want to make a few of these cute zipper pouches for my granddaughters for Christmas. Thank you for the link to the tutorial and for the giveaway. I love the pouches you made, especially the one with the ruffle.

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  52. Your nieces are going to love their little zippered pouches. I have made a few zippered pouches for gifts and they are fun to sew. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

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  53. no, sadly I have not, maybe someday soon. they are cute and useful. Thanks again to everyone for all the inspiration.

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  54. I have never made a zip pouch but yours are so cute, I'm going to have to look into that. The green & orange one would be my favorite combo!

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  55. I made some a few years ago for gifts. And since seeing yours, and me needing a gift for my Grandson's birthday coming up soon, I just may make a couple more. Thanks for the idea! Enjoyed the hop. ndfromsd atgmaildotcom

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  56. I love all of this line! So very pretty and can't wait until it's out in the stores! Such a sweet story with it. As always, you never disappoint!

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  57. This is such pretty fabric and your pouches are very nice. I'm not a fan of zippers, but may need to get over that and try making one. Thanks so much for the chance to win some lovely fabric and thread!

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  58. I've recently rediscovered zippers and made a few pouches. Yours are lovely.

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  59. Yes, I have made some zip pouches. They were surprisingly easy, and lots of fun to make! And cute!

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  60. I have never made a zipper pouch, but I see them more and more on blogs, in magazines, etc. I have never worked with zippers. Your pouches are adorable. I think it is time for me to give it a try.

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  61. I have made a couple of zipper bags but not with two zippers.

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  62. I've made several zippy pouches, but none with the double zipper - great idea! Thank you for the giveaway!

    paulamb at shaw dot ca

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  63. I've made many zipper pouches. They are such quick and delightful gifts. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pouches! Your ideas for applique and ruffles and curves are inspiring me.

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  64. Pouches are so useful, especially those with many compartments. I have made pouches in the past and will continue to do so in the future. LOL

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  65. Your nieces will be thrilled with their gifts, thank you for sharing.
    Your little boys are so adorable xox
    Thank you for the chance to win.

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  66. What cute pouches! No, I haven't made a pouch; need to develop my sewing skills for zippers!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  67. I like your zip pouch. I made zip pouch before, I gifted to my friends during Christmas :)

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  68. I love making zippered pouches, they are my go to present for all kinds of occasions. Saying that, I haven't tried one with more than one zip before now. Love the heart design especially, very pretty. x

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  69. I've made so many zip pouches then I can count. They're quick, easy and fun to make. I love the fabrics and color combos you've used for your pouches. They look awesome!

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  70. Darling bags! Good for you getting ahead on Christmas gifts!

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  71. I have made zipper pouches and they are a fun project which come together quickly. I love how you added different touches to each pouch, your nieces are so lucky,

    anndunn24(at)gmail.com

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  72. Zip pouches are one of my favorite gifts to make. I've made different sizes, and filled them with all kinds of things for gifts.

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  73. I love making zippered pouches and the ruffle one is my favorite.

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  74. Yes, I've made several zippered pouches. Thanks. Diane O

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  75. Feel free to exclude me from the giveaway but just had to say how much I enjoyed seeing your sweet pouches! Thanks for linking back to the original tutorial! ;-)

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  76. I love Zip Pouches, so useful for so many things. Yours turned out lovely. Great fabrics.

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  77. I have never made a zip pouch - guess it is called zipper fear.

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