Happy Monday! Lately, the days seem to be running together. I suppose it’s the usual end of summer feeling. I’m just finding myself wishing for a few weeks of idleness. Well, not idleness. Not really. I just want some uninterrupted time to make stuff “just because”. It’s play time that I’m missing.
There is so much on my To Do lists. The sample sewing for Fall Market has already begun. Plus I have stacks and stacks of fabric waiting to be sewn up for various commitments. I made the mistake of counting the yardage waiting for me. Eighty-five sku’s of fabric!! And that does not include the Kaffe pre cuts I’m still playing with. No wonder I was starting to feel a bit bogged down. Yesterday, I resolved to get some fun sewing done. Something small and easy to keep myself from thinking too much about the stacks of fabric surrounding me. The pastel Kaffe pre cuts were sitting out and seemed like the perfect antidote.I grabbed some zippers from my stash and matched them to some fabric. Brandon’s Zig Zag print gives it a fun punch of color. This one is flat but I also made a stand up pouch using Brassica in purple.It’s perfect for holding my candy colored Clover Wonder clips. And you can just see the Zig Zag print I used for the lining.
This is actually a good time for me to make another point about working with pre cuts. If you are using 6″ design rolls or fat quarter bundles, you will end up with left over fabric. For most of us, that’s not a drawback. It’s a bonus. You’re adding to your stash without having to buy yardage. It’s an investment in your future scrappy projects.
But some of you want to be able to use those leftovers, somehow, someway. Zip pouches are a great option. I like to keep a small stash on hand–not just for my own use, but for gifts. They’re great “wrapping” for a gift card. Or perfect for stuffing with small things like fancy lip balm or lotion, like these gorgeous packages of Kaffe. (I know! Who knew, right? These are definitely on my wish list.)
And if you buy zippers in bulk, you’ll be putting out less cash for these cute gifts. I’m still working through my stash from a year ago. Having a variety of sizes and colors works well for me. One size may be all you need if you make the same things over and over.
It’s a new week with new work ahead of me. I’ll be trying to catch up on the emails I owe some of you too. Lots to do.
Have a great week!