Updated: Mar 15
Holidays are coming up soon and its time to think of gift bags. I use zippered pouches for that.
My supply is running low so I decided to work on that. Before sewing the pouches I needed to collect the supplies. Zippers and fabrics. I like to create zipper extensions it makes it easy to then sit down and create a bunch of pouches in one sitting.
I spent a while batch sewing zippers between 2 strips of fabrics which I then cut apart.
Took out boxes of upcycled zippers. All sorts of colors and sizes. I chose a selection of neutrals, most of them metal zippers upcycled from pants and jeans and spent today adding zipper extensions to about 50 zippers.
I work in a production line system, placing the zippers on a strip of fabric one after the other and sewing the edges down
I need to do this 3 more times. I normally sandwich the edge of the zipper between 2 layers of fabric but because these zippers are upcycled the extensions beyond the metal teeth are all kinds of different sizes and I don't want to sew over the metal teeth. So today I need to see where the teeth are when I place the zipper down on the fabric.
I cut the fabric strip between each zipper and one extension out of the 4 needed is attached.
I sew the second piece down and the top extension is done on one side of each zipper
I then sew the extension fabrics on the other end of the zipper
Almost done one more side to go
When I finish I will have about 50 zippers with a fabric extension on each one waiting to be sewn into lined fabric pouches.
The zipper ends are sandwiched between 2 layers of fabric
After cutting between the fabric pieces this is what a zipper with fabric extensions looks like
Now the zipper is the same size as the fabric pieces for the pouch