I've mixed up some scraps of neutral fabrics from other projects and the result is another couple of cosmetic bags, quilted very simply and trimmed with some vintage lace. This pattern is Anna's Sminkepung by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa and is easy to make bags that larger or smaller than the original instructions. These make great gifts, especially when filled with a few special toiletries.
I'm often asked about how to keep zippers loooking neat and getting a "professional" finish when making mags. Sewing in zippers can be tricky. I've found it easier to use a few dabs of fabric glue to the zipper tape to temporarily hold the zipper in place rather than using pins. Schmetz Microtex needles are great, and depending on the thread I'm using I'll use either a size 60 or 70 needle. I prefer to use a larger than usual stitch, and use the edge of the walking foot as a guide rather than using a zipper foot. Stitch slowly, remember to breathe, and you too can become a Zipper Queen!
For several years, I have subscribed to a Norwegian quilting magazine "MyQuilt" and I've made a few of the projects that have been featured. This has been tricky at times, as the patterns are written in Norwegian, so I just use the diagrams although if I get really stuck Google translate is my best friend! This particular design, "Ta med kopp" (bring a cup) is designed by Kari Renolen and is a small quilted bag for keeping your mug in, such as when you go to sewing classes. I've used some fabrics from the Tealicious collection by Anni Downes from Hatched and Patched. This bag is quilted very simply and has 4 small pockets inside for teabags. And no, I didn't need Google translate for this one!
My latest project is another toiletry bag, this one is a gift for my mother-in-law - I just need to find some nice soaps and hand cream to go in it! The pattern is "Unisex" by Kari Renolen and was in the 04/2015 issue of the Norwegian "MyQuilt" magazine. It has a lined zipper pocket on the front and 2 pockets inside. I've used a selection of fabrics from the Antique Flower collection by Lecien, teamed with some vintage lace. The bag is initially pieced together, quilted and embellished then cut to the correct shape ready for construction. As I didn't have a large enough piece of suitable wadding, I pieced together smaller pieces to get the shape I needed, using offcuts of Bosal In-R-Form for the base, and Pellon H640 forthe sides.
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