Saturday, June 27, 2015

McCall's 6256: NYC subway zipper pouch, again

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I wanted to give a special gift to Gina, one of my #mmmay15 work photographers.  I felt she had gone "above and beyond" and is leaving to move on to other things.  I rarely sew for others but felt this gift was perfect for her as she has spent a lot of time in NYC.

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I've made this zipper pouch before, in the large and small sizes, laminated and non-laminated, and even in non-NYC fabric.  For this version, I chose the small, non-laminated size.  You can see all my posts referencing the various versions of this zipper pouch here.
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I am still on the fence about the best way to fussy cut the front.  The word "Manhattan" is not centered over the orange and blue subway lines.    This time I centered the front over the subway lines but then Manhattan is off center.  Previously I have centered it over Manhattan but then the subway lines are off center.    I'm on the fence about which version is better.  Definitely a first world sewing problem.

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This time I added a grosgrain ribbon to the zipper tab.  I think velosewer did that with hers.  It's a nice touch.
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I used a 9" metal YKK zipper from SIL Thread in NYC.
I also used wonder tape for temporarily attaching the zipper tabs before stitching them down.
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The zipper tabs were fussy cut featuring the two main ways I have gotten into the city...the bus (above) and the train (below).

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Other versions were lined in green denim; this version was lined in pink duck cloth.

I also used Fashion Sewing Supply sew-in medium weight interfacing in between the layers.  FSS medium weight fusible interfacing is fused to the outer layer too.  The duck cloth and all that interfacing makes the bag quite sturdy and it stands up on its own.

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I added the "Party" label.  I am running out of labels with fun words on them but I have ordered some of my own custom labels which should arrive soon.
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Gina loved it and let out a little silent scream when she opened her present. I forgot to tell her that she can tuck the tabs in if she prefers.

You've seen me use this fabric for interior zipper pockets on tote bags and backpacks. I'm thinking of making a full-on tote bag using this fabric.  It seems like it would be fun.  Guess that means I better order more from The City Quilter as this fabric has I am running out of it.  Cotton version is here.   Laminate version is here.

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Black-eyed susans at the PFM are back, yay!

Be well!

20 comments:

  1. Very nice Kyle. I've yet to make a zippered bag.

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    1. Thanks Faye. You should try it sometime!

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  2. Very nice Kyle. I've yet to make a zippered bag.

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    1. Based on your recent blog post, I agree! Party party party!

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  4. Very cute bag ! I love the way you fussy cut & planned this project. Very cute fabric as well. Nice, nice folks at City Quilter too. I made a baby quilt with same fabric in white & ran out - the could not have been nicer .

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    1. Thanks! I love the City Quilter too, and I don't quilt! It's just a fun shop to go to. That's where I originally got my sashiko supplies.

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    2. I've never been , they helped me by phone. On my list next trip to see DGD 😍

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  5. What a great gift. Love that NY fabric. I need an LA version but our transit lines aren't as spectacular as NYC's.

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    1. Thanks! Maybe your transit lines just need the right touch of color?

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  6. Great zipper application! Zipper pouches are such great gifts. They're a fast, satisfying sew, and the NYC fabric is a fun touch!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I'm such a slow seamster. I'm sure you could crank out 3 of these in the time it takes me to make one.

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  7. Love it. I think the word "Manhattan" looks just fine where it is. I like the grosgrain ribbon on the zipper stop - very nice touch. Truly a thoughtful gift. Soooo cute too!

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    1. Thanks Tomasa. I really wish they had centered Manhattan over the subway lines and then it would all be centered! I like the ribbon too; I'm pretty sure that was velosewer's idea.

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  8. Love the pouch! Where do you get your labels? I love the way you add that final dash of personality to your projects!

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    1. I got woven labels from Joann's years ago, but this weekend I found a bunch on ebay. I'll write a post about it.

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  9. Such a cute little bag! It's just fabulous that you have a print that is like custom print for you like that! I doubt we have anything like that where I live!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! How about a map of the coral reef? :)

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  10. What a gorgeous gift and I love the finishing touches. Also the reminders about just how versatile wonder tape is!! Nice work 😀

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    1. Thanks Scruffybadger! I really love love love wonder tape. It's such a great tool for us seamsters!

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