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Zippered Bag for on-the-go projects

A couple of weeks ago a few friends and I got together to make zippered bags.

One of our friends, the very talented Erica (from Pink Suede Shoes) has been making lots of zippered bags lately, and I’m so glad she was there to guide us through.  While I was super excited to make a bag, I was not looking forward to the zipper.

The last and only other time I attempted a zipper was for a costume.

I ended up at my mother-in-law’s home, at my wit’s end, to ask if she could help me get this “#@!!% zipper in.”  OK, so I really didn’t swear in front of my mother-in-law.  She is a very proper Southern woman and would have been offended.

With Erica’s guidance, we were all able learn how to make our bags, zippers and all.  And I didn’t even swear once.

We used the awesome tutorial for Open Wide Zippered Pouch from Noodlehead.

The wide opening is completely awesome, since it makes it easy to find all your doodads in the bottom of the bag.  I really love the inside pocket for my little things.

As you can see, this bag is my new on-the-go, half-time hexie, doctor waiting room, boring meeting buster bag.

It’s perfect for my hexagons….

and for this little applique I just started working on.  It’s a block for the Sweet and Simple quilt for the Alpine Quilt Guild that they are donating to the Festival of Trees for Primary Children’s Medical Center.

My girls spent 5 long months in the NICU at PCMC, and I am so happy to be making this block.

I am incredibly grateful to the brave and talented nurses and doctors who work at Primary Children’s.  This block will definitely be stitched with love.

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