(Pssst…if you’re here for the giveaway and don’t want to read through all of this, just jump to the bottom of the page. I’m not going to be offended, I promise.)
As strange as it seems, sometimes my creativity is fueled by working on items completely different than what’s for sale in the shop. I think this is because I’m allowing my brain to not think about “work” and just sew for fun; opening up the flood gates to new ideas, new fabric combinations. The benefit too, is that if I don’t brainstorm anything new I still end up with a great project to add to my collection!
For the longest time I’ve been intimidated by zippers and I vowed in 2014 to overcome that nervousness. I figured one of the best ways to get past that fear was to just sit down and work on a project that made me sew a zipper in. And then do it over and over and over again until I felt completely comfortable. Last week when I stumbled onto this free boxy pouch tutorial over at Pink Stitches, I knew it was the perfect place to start working with zippers AND do some fun sewing for myself, to help get the creative juices flowing!
To make it fun, I took a handful of scraps in grey and yellow from 2013 projects and pieced them into scrappy panels for the sides, then quilted them on the diagonal for some contrast. A white zipper and a small handle pull it all together.
After a couple of hours of sewing (it took the most time to piece the side panels together and then quilt them), and only one question to the author, I had a beautiful new scrappy pouch sitting on my sewing table! As I finished it up I had the great idea to pass it along to someone in a giveaway. A giveaway just for fun, no strings attached!
Which is ultimately why you’re here, so here’s what you need to know! The mandatory entry is just that, only an entry, no strings attached. No need to “like” any pages, no need to comment or grant access to anything. Just click on the first entry and cross your fingers your name gets drawn. You can receive additional entries for liking the Stitch To Stitch Facebook page, leaving a blog comment or sharing the giveaway to your Facebook friends (the easiest way to do that is through the STS Facebook page) but they’re not required.
Entry open to US and Canadian residents and runs until midnight (MST) on Sunday, January 19th, 2014. Pouch measures approximately 9x5x4″ and is fully lined.