Monday, December 3, 2012

Zipper Workshop

Back in October, Maria, Alison and I headed to Canberra for the day to attend a Zipper Workshop by Nicole Mallelieu at Addicted to Fabric.

Our requirement list had us purchase fabric, lining and zips for the Large Tote and Satchel.

After checking out the Nicole Malleliue Design - Made by You flicker group I fell in love with the all the different flaps that people had added to their Totes, so I headed off to Ikea and found this wonderful print and then managed to get a reasonable match in some quilting cotton for the remainder of the Tote and the lining.

The workshop consisted of 4 types of zippers which Nicole said we would probably only get 2 completed, maybe 3 but were given notes for all 4, which were:
  • Super Simple Zipper
  • Exposed Zipper Pocket
  • Lapped Zipper Pocket
  • Zipped Gusset
I decided to do the Exposed Zipper Pocket first in the Tote lining,


and then proceeded to work on the Zipped Gusset for the top of the Tote.


Over the last month (I'm not sure where the time has gone) I have:
  • Added a zipper patched pocket to the opposite side of the Tote lining;
  • Added a phone pocket on the end wall of the lining.

and now have a bag that looks like this:


and this:


I'm not sure if you can see the black pins on the strap on the right hand side of the Tote above but this is where the bag is up to.

It was whilst I was trying to decide on the strap length, that I realised that no matter what length I made the strap the actual size of the Tote was not something I would ever use, it wears me which is not how I want my bags to be.

Now it is fortunate that when my darling Mum and Sister visited yesterday the Tote wasn't quite finished but my Sister did like it "quite a lot" so maybe this Tote has a new home already, I am waiting for the call back!

14 comments:

Dilliander said...

Such a lovely bag' and so pleased its found an appreciative home. All those different zipper techniques are very impressive :)

Carol said...

Well done! I've made a few of Nicole's bags in the past and I really love them. I will make more one day. You've done a really wonderful job.

Gail said...

Shame you won't be using it because its a great bag. Perfect substitute for a briefcase.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, I would love the bag as a very special Christmas present. The photos are very good, the real thing is better. Thank you Lee-Anne

velosewer said...

You've made great headway on the bag. The colours are very versatile.

Nikki said...

Great to see it finished! Well done and thanks for sharing.

shams said...

What a beautiful bag! It will make a lovely gift for your sister. And you've gained some great new zipper skills.

Carolyn said...

Very nice, and your fabric choice is lovely. Your sister has very good taste!

Sue said...

Beautiful work - your bag is great!

Goodbye Valentino said...

Love the bag - I'd really like to attend a zipper workshop!

Debbie said...

Great bag. Pity you won't be using it yourself!

Cherrypix said...

Love the IKEA Fabric you used. The gusset zipper, in particular, looks great!

Wendy said...

Sharon
I have been following your blog for ages - I love the great work you do!!
Can you tell me about the label you have put inside your bag ?
Do you have a label in your clothing and what does it say and where did you get the labels?
Thanks for sharing
Happy 2013
Wendy

Wendy said...

Sharon
I have been following your blog for ages - I love the great work you do!!
Can you tell me about the label you have put inside your bag ?
Do you have a label in your clothing and what does it say and where did you get the labels?
Thanks for sharing
Happy 2013
Wendy