after the good project that went wrong last week i set out to reclaim my sewing confidence on the weekend and took to my machine late at night on a mission.  my lovely little knitting notions were slowly outgrowing their home and i knew i needed a new place for them so i decided to whip up a zippered pouch for them to live in.  and i'm happy to say that i love this little pouch.  i pieced together the front of the pouch using some scraps that anna gave me that i adored and i'm just over the moon with the way the black/white/grey prints all pop together.  one of my fave goodies at the moment.  it helped me get over my pouch downer from last week and to take on yet again, another  yep, i've gone from zippers scaring me to no end to loving them.

this time i decided to pretty my zipper up a tad.  i love the way those zippers look that have a little hint of fabric encasing them on either end so the metal bits don't show.  so i followed this tutorial from the fabulous toni of "make it perfect" to put my pouch together with the zipper in this style.  it's a great tutorial for any of you looking to make a zippered pouch for the first time. i found the zipper install super easy and fast.

i kept the back nice and simple so the front could steal the show.  i've got this new thing for tying a zipper pull on my zippers using a pinked piece of scraps tied in a bow.  i lined the inside of the pouch with some innocent crush-shattered, punch, from anna maria horner and added my little label in there and then filled it with my goodies :)  i think they're happy in there...

i also hit up a sewing show on the weekend here in town and i couldn't resist coming home with these new lovelies...

reunion by sweetwater for moda and pezzy print by american jane patterns (sandy klop) for moda

i'm obsessed with the pezzy print. i want to put it all over my it! i foresee a quilt with this in my future...hopefully sooner than later.

i also picked up a bevvy of fat quarters for $1.99 each too!  how could i not bring these home to momma?  i love me a cute fat quarter.  more zippered pouches maybe? 

what have you all been sewing?  any new fabric crushes you brought home?  what's your fave way to dress up a zipper?  do you have a favorite zippered pouch tutorial?  let's chat sewing - we've got another wind storm here and i'm curled up inside ready to chat!!!