So I found an online tutorial, chose some ugly fabric and the ugliest zipper from my stash (seriously, it was the color of a nipple), and I set to work. The end result was bad news. The pouch itself was oddly shaped and bulky and the zipper was crooked and weird looking, probably because I was too lazy to attach my zipper foot. Plus, I didn't really understand the tutorial I was following so I made some mistakes along the way. In the end, the pouch was just wrong on so many levels.
Now normally when I have a failure of such massive proportions, I'm not motivated to make another attempt for quite some time. But I had been thinking about my pouch failure all night and I was ready for another go at it.
On Monday I chose some new fabric, a prettier zipper, and a different tutorial. I worked on it, on and off, all day long.
Around 8:00 PM, I had this:
*If that bird looks familiar, I slapped a similar one on a purse last summer.
*I looked at a lot of different tutorials before finally having luck with this one over at make it perfect, and if you are anxious to shake your fear of zippers, I highly recommend it. Everything is explained clearly and she backs it all up with the always helpful pictures.
*The actual construction of the pouch took until about two in the afternoon, but the bead work and embroidery took another six hours. I have a new found appreciation for anyone who chooses to sew beads onto anything. It's tedious and time consuming.
*Everything used was already in my stash, which is so exciting to be able to bust through a bunch of different stuff in one afternoon. The outer fabric came from Goodwill, the bird fabric came from Ikea, and the fabric used for the lining used to be my curtains on my house back in Gainesville. The zipper was passed on to me by Kashoan and the beads came from Liesl. I love how every little part of this bag has its own history.
Now that I've conquered my fear of zippers, next up world domination. That's the next logical step, right?