This project was made as a birthday present for a very special little boy. As soon as I saw these fabrics from the Bugs and Critters collection, I just knew they'd be perfect for what I had planned. A quick order was made to The Galloway Crafts & Outback Yarns - this stripey fabric s going to look super cut on the bias for binding! The pattern I'd chosen is "Zip it Up" by Pattern ByAnnie.com and Patterns By Annie and purchased from Plush Addict. Last year I discovered Zipper Station - a super assortment of zippers in an array of colours and sizes. I decided to buy zipper by the yard with some extra zipper pulls in a few bright colours for this one and future projects...
...well I do think that stripey binding looks fabulous, but the trickiest part of using stripey binding cut on the bias is joining the ends so the stripes match! The reason the Bugs and Critters fabrics were so appropriate was because I'd already bought some bug-related gifts - a super book by Matt Robertson called Do You Love Bugs, a bugs and insects colouring book, and a large box of colouring pencils. Plenty to keep an inquisitive young man occupied for hours!...
...the Zip it Up case wasn't TOO tricky - the instructions on ByAnnie patterns are very clear. Although this pattern didn't have an add-on video tutorial, there are lots of ByAnnie video tutorials on her website and on YouTube which are super helpful, especially for putting in that zipper and attaching the zipper sliders! The front of the bag has a large zippered pocket and there's a smart handle on the top. If you wanted to adapt the pattern the back of the case could easily have another pocket added on...
...inside there are 2 large pockets - one is made with mesh, the other made with vinyl. I already had some leftover mesh from another project, which I'd bought from Sew Hot (the ByAnnie brand comes in lots of different colours) and I decided to try the ByAnnie clear vinyl which was bought from Oh Sew Sweet. I must say, although the vinyl was more expensive than ones I'd used previously, the quality is so much better, so I'll definitely be ordering more. Both pockets are zippered and I really love the pop of turquoise. For any zipperphobics, the zipper sliders went on really easily...
...well the birthday boy was absolutely thrilled to bits with it! I'll definitely make more of these as I have a few young neices and a young nephew that I think will like them, especially if I can match my fabrics to suit the contents!
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