fun with zippers

I’ve been making and selling a cosmetic bag for years that has a 7″ zipper, the smallest size that’s available at JoAnn’s. I wanted to make a tiny zippered pouch, so I found these  4″ zippers at I was happy to receive this colorful pack of zippers.


So I made a collection of mini zipper pouches, perfect  for coins, jewelry, lipstick, gift cards, etc….

DSC_0158Each one is fully lined with a fun, contrasting fabric.


These mini pouches can be machine washed and dryed.

They are for sale at


An owl bag for me

Occasionally I get the urge to make a new everyday bag for myself instead of rotating something out of the closet. I was interested in making a duffel-style tote from a pattern I had previously used several times. I was pleasantly surprised to find this cool owl print fabric at JoAnn’s.


I decided to pair the owl print with a striped fabric that was in my collection from Michael Levine which I had originally purchased for making some glasses/phone cases.



This phone/glasses case ensures that you’ll retrieve both items with one grab into your purse!

To achieve a cohesive color palette, I actually bleached the two fabrics before making the duffel. Here is the result:


I used some hand-dyed bias tape for the straps and edge binding. I lined the interior with fun dark print fabric. The bag has two inside pockets.


I love that this bag can be completely zipped up, tossed around and no contents will fall out! I can also be machine washed and dryed.


Perfect for slinging over the shoulder!