Today is the day of the zippy. Zippered bags, pouches, whatever you want to call them can be customized for anyone-- picky preteens, conservative grandmothers, etc.
I made a vinyl zippy (using the instructions from the oh-so-awesome Denyse Schmidt Quilts):
And a denim quilted zippy:
I've been trying to use up some home decor fabric too, and they work great because I don't have to use interfacing!
There are dozens of great tutorials on making zippered pouches out there. When I made my first zippered pouch, I used this tutorial. My secret for avoiding broken needles and a lot of frustration is to allow plenty of extra fabric on either side of my zipper opening. So for my 7" zippers and quilting weight fabric (with a lightweight interfacing fused on), I'll cut my fabric to be 8" wide and do a 1/4" seam allowance. When I do a pouch that has fusible fleece or batting as the interfacing, I cut the pieces to be 8.5" wide and do a 1/2" seam allowance. This keeps me from accidently sewing over the metal end pieces.
Check back next week for more gifts! I have to be selective now about what I show since some friends and family are reading, but I think I can give some sneak peeks. And I'm still working on those men's gifts. In the spirit of making things easy this Christmas, I might have to give up on them. A hint and a tip for one of the things I'm trying to do-- do NOT google "beer koozie tutorials" or you will discover that it brings the motherload of virus-laden results. Trust me. Don't do it.