Make it Monday

Whew! Back to a normal routine for now:) Things can change in a heartbeat for this family but thankfully it seems that this week is “normal”. Normal being schoolwork, dance, riding lessons and barn time and whatever else crops up.

We had a super relaxing weekend! Rowan started working at our own barn last weekend and whatever she makes will go towards Pharma’s board. This is a nice thing which means less is coming out of our pockets and she’s doing manual labor which she actually likes to do:)  AND she’s contributing towards paying for her own horse which I like:)

There wasn’t  a lot of running around. Saturday we had lunch at one of our favorite taco joints  – Mission Taco –

Jaia refused to look at me and give me a nice picture  –



Sunday I was able to get a bit of sewing in – I wanted to make sure I got our project completed for today!



Our make it Monday project is one of my  favorite projects. It’s actually my go-to gift idea when I can’t think of anything else – Zipper pouches! They really are very simple and can go together very quickly once you get the hang of sewing them.  And you can fill them with anything. Last year I made each of Jaia’s friends a zipper punch with Irish Dancing fabric I had designed on Spoonflower. I have a couple in my purse  – one for make up and one for homeopathic remedies and essential oils. Today though, we are making them out of old men’s clothing.



I don’t know about your men, but we end up with spotted shirts on an almost weekly basis. I think the stains are food stains and my hubbie thinks our washing machine or dryer is staining his clothes.

ANYWAY you’ll need a men’s button down shirt and a pair of old pants (or another shirt or two) You need one item of choice for the outside and one for the inside. You could do the same shirt for both the outside and inside but I like the contrast in color so I am suing this shirt and an old pair of dockers.



You’ll also need a zipper and some sort of pattern. My pattern is simply a 10 by 6 piece of paper.



Some people go for jars of buttons (me too) but I ALSO go for bags of vintage zippers.

Pin your pattern onto you shirt (both layers) and cut out – repeat for the pants or whatever you choose for the lining.





When you have the outside and the lining cut out – grab your zipper and your outer layer. You are going to pin the outer layer to the zipper in a way that the right side is facing down and the right side of the zipper is facing up and the piece of fabric is “hiding” the zipper –



Match up the lining to the underside of the zipper/outer layer and pin –



I like my zippers long enough that I can sew with out worrying about shimmying the actually zipper up and down out of my way. When I’ve sewn both sides on then I can move the zipper down before sewing the actual pouch together – you’ll see 🙂

When your top and inner layer are pinned – then sew.





When you reach the end – pull out the pins and fold both fabric pieces open – like so –



Pin down so they don’t get in the way while you work on the other side.




Pin the layers across, same as before and sew –



Open up your layers and lay them flat for a second   – they should look like this picture –

Open your zipper about half way – you’ll need enough room for turning the pouch –



Now meet your outside pieces together and you lining pieces together and pin. The zipper will be sandwiched in the center.



Leaving an opening in the lining – about 4 inches – sew all the way around the perimeter of the pouch – Be mindful of the zipper though – sometimes I can sew right across them with no problem – other times I break needles. Like this weekend.



Trim you threads, extra zipper lengths and the corners of the pouch, being careful not to cut the stitching.




Reach in through the opening and pull the outer layer through –


Poke it all through, flatten out the corners and then sew up the opening  –


And TA-DA  – you have a wonderful, up cycled, zipper pouch!


It’s a good size – mine ended up being about 8 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches. Big enough to carry pens, makeup, receipts etc.. and small enough to fit in a purse, suitcase or briefcase –


If you need more clarification that my measly instructions 🙂 Instructables has a tutorial and also

and another –

Bright Blessings!

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