Friday, 28 September 2012

those darn zippers...

I have been spoiling myself with a little sewing at the machine each day this week. I had two stitchery/appliques done from Anni Down's book The simple life and got all excited about putting the zippered cases together. One I will keep and the second will be for a surprise gifty.


 got to this stage last night but couldn't work out the instructions for the zipper insertion. I always seem to be a little challenged when it comes to instructions. If I can't visualise it I can't do!
I emailed Susan from Thimblestitch as she had brought her lovely completed case to our bloggy meet and it was gorgeous. She gave me some tips on how to do it and....
from this
to this.... It's not perfect but it is the best I could get it. The second one is much neater.
I made up the back with some left over pieces that I had used to piece the back of my Quilters journal back. See it does pay to keep scraps this size.

There has been some stitching too.
I have finished my second Once upon a time block...
The seductive Frog Prince.. You can just imagine him saying 'Hello Baby'
 Love his 'come hither' stare. I so wanted to stitch a fly in the corner. Might still do that.

My next block will be Puss in Boots. Very cute.
Happy days!
Marina

28 comments:

Christine M said...

You've done a great job with your case. I just love your frog prince. I can imagine him saying "hello baby!"

shez said...

wow Marina i love the frog stitchery and your zipper bags are so cute,well done.xx

Fiona said...

Lovely zippy purse Marina.... those zips can be a pain... I have only done one and I know I would need easy clear instruction to do another... your frog is just toooooo coooool.... and I did have a laugh at your humour about his very seductive look!!!
Hugz

Susan said...

Well done. Your zipper case looks so good - love the ribbon you used for the loop. Cute stitcheries too.

Lynda said...

That frog makes me laugh. Good on you for conquering zips. The little purse is lovely

Lin said...

Love the zippered case, and as for the Prince.....

Karen said...

I really like the way your zipper pouch has turned out. Beautiful work. It looks lovely.
And who could resist that Frog Prince?

Grit said...

So beautiful.
Liebe Grüße Grit

Shirley said...

That is my favourite project from that book and your purse looks mighty fine to me. The frog prince looks ready for action and is good fun.

Janet said...

Both of the stitcheries are super cute! I love the little bag and the saying and the dog....

Josie said...

That little bag is so cute the lucky girl that gets the giftie one is going to be chuffed to bits. Are you sure that's a frog? Looks like a Lounge Lizard to me!!

Cheryll said...

I love Prince Charming on the lily pad... he's gorgeous! :)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Simply gorgeous. Glad you succeeded with the zips.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Zipper bag is fantastic...and that frog is so cute...

Eli said...

The zipper bags are amazing a the frog so funny!!!
I love both!
The market was a success! I'm really happy about it.
Hugs
Eli

Mistea said...

That frog is priceless.

Lovely little pouch, so happy for you that you got the zipper in.

Enjoy your stitchy holidays.

elliek said...

What can I say. That frog is classic. Love the zipper purses. Those zips can be a challenge and that's why I am at a halt with a purse!!

Anthea said...

Good on you getting the zip done Marina, they can be a challenge... and that frog is surely a she-frog magnet!!

Sheila said...

I think you did a fine job on the little zippered pouch , it sure is cute. Sweet little frog too :-)

Elyte said...

Congratulations for conquering that zip.
The purse looks great and I encourage you to keep your scraps for times like these.
That frog looks very smooth. Wouldn't trust him.
Enjoy your week end.

Maria said...

Love the wool you used for the doggy on your zippered purse.
I have learned to put the zip in first by sewing the seams together with a big stitch, then pin the zip in place and sew, unpick the seam when finished... Works well.

Lib said...

I love this pattern, I had trouble with the zip too but found really easy instructions for my last little pouches. I'll look for the link I used and send it to you.

Nicky said...

Haha I think I'd be kissing that sex on legs frog! Love the wee doggy and it is so true - I enjoy my morning walk with the pup except when I get absolutely soaked - better get used to that I guess...

Tatkis said...

Lovely zipped case! And this Frog Prince is adorable ;))

Hugs,
Tatyana

Teresa said...

I have a kit here for that zippered pouch and every time I see someone has finished theirs... I want to make mine!!! One day I will have time to do it. Yours is just lovely and it looks perfect! Oh my I love your frog too... The stitchery is just wonderful. Can't wait to see the next one!!

Charlie and Wendy said...

I love your pencil cases, they are so cute!! And the frog is gorgeous, your stitching looks perfect!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Oh my goodness that frog is too funny...all the girlies frogs had better watch out...cute zippered case...

katherine macwin said...

such sweet bags. i love the design and think they look gorgeous.