Zippy Keepers pattern testing

In my latest series of pattern testing adventures, I got a chance to test a fun little pattern from Fenna of FABulous Home Sewn. The Zippy Keepers gives a step by step tutorial for making 2 sizes of zippered pouches with a whole bunch of decorative options. Fenna asked me to make the small version with the improvisational pleated center. I love the fabric ends on the zipper and the tiny size is great for reusing zippers I have pulled out of upcycled projects. The scale makes it perfect for using up small pieces of treasured (hoarded) fabrics.
Here is the one I whipped up.
I love the teeny size. It is perfect for a change purse. For the photo I put some wonder clips in it because they were handy.

There are also options for a pieced center and I can imagine it would be very cute with piping too! I think my kids might find some in cartoon fabric in their stockings on Christmas morning. The pattern is out today on Craftsy here. Pick one up and get started on that Christmas list today.


A big thank you and a quick link up!

A few weeks ago, I was enjoying all of the posts on the Hugs and Kisses blog hop. While I was there, I entered a giveaway at Sandy’s lovely blog Upstairs Hobby Room and I won! My prize was a $25 credit to Zipit an awesome zipper store on etsy. Jennie was so sweet and made it easy for me to email her my order. It came quickly and wow I am excited. I love finding neat zippers at thrift stores but this package of rainbow goodness might make me a new zipper addict!
Look at all this! I was amazed how far $25 dollars went in her shop.
She threw in a beautiful zipper pull and a fortune telling fish that my daughter is going to claim as soon as she sees it!
So thank you thank you to Sandy and Jennie and if you are in need of zippers, Zipit is the place to go!

In other news, Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a link up for people to show off how they travel “crafty.” I had to take a chance to share my camera strap.
I made it for our Disney trip and put it on flickr but never got around to blogging about it. I used leftover scraps from Annabelle’s twirly skirt and loved how it turned out. I followed a tutorial from lbg studio but adapted it for my small lens cap. I love that it has a pocket on each end to hold the lens cap and spare battery.
I wore it all over Disney World and the corduroy was definitely comfy against my skin.
PicMonkey Collage
Thanks for the chance to link up! Head over to Ellison Lane to see other great crafty traveler’s creations.