Friday, July 29, 2022

Three Popcorn Pouches, One Easy Zipper Project / Beauties Pageant 183

Please note: This is my last post of the summer. I’ll be taking a break in August, to return on September 2 with a series of finishes and giveaways!


For the past two years, a bag full of prepped Popcorn Pouches has been living in my fabric chest. Whenever I open the bottom drawer, I move this bag out of the way and carefully replace it before I close the drawer back up. It’s been so long since I selected the fabric for these pouches and cut the necessary pieces that I can’t remember my plan for them, but surely I envisioned something better than moving their pieces from here to there and back again!

There’s something to be said for having projects at the ready, though, because when my guild held its bimonthly sewing bee, I knew those pouches were the perfect project to cart there.

This is not my first go-round with the Amista Baker’s Popcorn Pouch pattern (available here). I did make a slew of these little numbers back in 2020, four of which are pictured in this post. I added some bling to that bunch and sent them off as Mother’s Day gifts and as thank-you gifts for pattern testers.

The latest round includes three pouches—one in the mini size and two in the small. If your zipper stash is getting unwieldy, this is a quick and easy pattern to put those zips to good use.


My advice for easy zipper installation is to use Steam-a-Seam 2, a double-sided fusible tape that’s a quarter-inch wide. I find that using this tape, and then adding some Wonder Clips for good measure, keeps my zippers in place as I stitch. The skinny adhesive gets hidden away in the seam allowance. I also use it to keep the back side of my binding strips on these pouches neat and tidy.

My other tip: If you’re making multiple pouches, try to find one thread color to do all the work. I used the same off-white Gutermann thread for everything except finishing the bindings. The limited number of bobbin changes and rethreading episodes made the process go faster.

For you fabric nerds out there, the selections represented here are all oldies but goodies. In the pics throughout this post, you’ll see Persimmon by Basic Grey, Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling, and Lark by Amy Butler.

I am signing off for the month of August. Come back in September for new posts, the latest linky, and some giveaways! Wishing you all a wonderful end to the summer!

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  1. Let's hear it for digging out and finishing up small projects! Lovely and useful bags, and pretty fabric, even if they aren't brand new. Enjoy your August break!

  2. Those pouches are so pretty! Yay for getting old projects done. Enjoy your vacation!


  3. Cute pouches. :) Enjoy your break! Melva

  4. It always feels good to get an old project finished - especially one that began to feel (almost) like clutter. I bet you are pretty excited ;) xo

  5. Hi Michelle, those are really cute! I hope that you have a wonderful holiday :-) Take care.


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