As I set out to organize my sewing room and take time to really go through things and inventory what is hiding in all the drawers, baskets and shelves, I sometimes find random items that were worth keeping. Such is the case with this assortment of zippers I purchased years ago at The Quilted Basket in Menomonie, WI. My intention was to make quilted cosmetic bags for gifts, which I obviously did not accomplish. So now, I’ve found another use for the zippers. I decided to make a small case to house my circular knitting needles, as they are a little difficult to corral. I generally have a knitting project or two in progress at all times. They are great to have ready to pack when I travel. I like to take a project that requires no concentration or complicated directions that would require counting or paying attention at any level. It is something I can do while waiting at the airport, on the plane, when relaxing, in the middle of idle conversations or “watching” TV. The infinity scarf I’m knitting now is a Gaptastic pattern, that is a free to use pattern online. I changed the needle size because of the yarn I’m using, but have made over 20 scarves for gifts as the pattern is written.
Zippered Pouch: Butt the edges of 8 zippers, each 12″ long, next to each other and stitch with a zig-zag stitch with variegated thread to attach the zippers together. The stitch length and width are medium. I always test my stitch on scrap fabric to see what is pleasing. Flip the ends of the zippers alternatively as you sew them together for interest. To make the pouch, lay the “zipper unit” right sides together with a firm fabric of equal size. Mine is a scrap of quilted fabric. Upholstery or denim weight fabric would also work well. Remember to open one of the zippers in the center a bit so that you can turn right side out after stitching around the perimeter of the case. Trim bulk from corners to make sharper corners. The zippers pictured are metal with a decorative pull. I probably get as many compliments on this case as I do the projects I have knitted. I love making fun, quick projects from found items. It’s a little reward for saving the items but an even bigger reward to know I made use of them after all. This find is definitely a keeper.
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