Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Filigree Double Zip-Pouch in Large

At my quilt group's garage sale, I bought this paper pattern (also available online as a pdf), called Filigree Double Zip-Pouch, by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. I recognized the pattern of course, so I snapped it up for one dollar! The pattern includes small-medium-large sizes. I made the large size here for my grandson who is turning 10 years old today!!! He is a lover of trains and so this train fabric was the perfect choice for this bag that I made for him.

I was curious how this pattern was put together with the 2 zippers. I think the one thing I was not wild about is the "air space" that is created when the side gusset/bottom is what connects the 2 pockets together to form one bag. You can pull the bottom of the lining up and feel that the pocket is not anchored on the bottom or sides. So even when the bag is stuffed with things, you will see that your items will not round out the sides of the bag. Am I being ultra picky here? I don't know but it just bothered me somehow. 

While this is a clever design and can be a fun and useful bag too, it is not my cup of tea. I think I would prefer 2 separate zippered pouches. I had cut out a small bag to make after making this one and when I saw how this came out, I decided to make those into 2 small separate bags instead. (I showed those smaller ones with the 16 Clematis bags I made last month). I always wanted to make this pouch and have now, so I can check it off my list.

All in all I am sure my grandson will love this bag and think it's cool to have 2 zippers!

I wanted the zippers to be colorful and stand out separately, so I went with primary colors of yellow and red to go with the blue fabric. Inside the lining colors match each zipper too.

I had purchased these 2 "Z" charms years ago because as you can guess, his name starts with the letter Z. I am finally using them.

See where the sides cave in? That is the air space I am referring to. I had this bag stuffed with those packing pillows, but because of the air space at the sides, it wouldn't round out.

Red and white checks and yellow gingham are the lining fabrics that match each zipper color.

Each zippered pocket is pretty roomy. I am sure he will find stuff to put inside.
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017.
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  1. I don't think you're being picky. That would annoy me too. Unless I'm also picky. In which case, we can now form a club.

  2. It's good to try different patterns to find the techniques that resonate. I would have bought the pattern too at a dollar because of the name recognition. I would also, as you did, color code my zippers andcompartments.
    I am really liking your honest and picky reviews. If there was a way to create a picky purse detail facebook group without any drama.....I envision a 'how would you work-around this bothersome sewing direction' group.

  3. He will love it, the primary colors are great and I would have never thought about putting in two different color zippers like that, it works perfectly. I appreciate your analysis of the pattern and how you would change it. thanks again for sharing

  4. After I saw your photos I understood the 'air space'. No, you are not picky - you are a pro at making bags! I am sure your grandson will be tickled with the two zippers and the zipper pull with the letter Z. The bag looks awesome, though. Now I am curious - how to make it without that space?

  5. How cute! The two zippers side by side make this so unique. Great gift!

  6. That is a different bag design - looks like you did a great job. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It.

  7. I appreciate your analysis of the pattern and how you would change it.


  8. What a super fun bag. I love those two zippers, such a unique design. I'm sure your grandson will love it.

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  10. Happy belated birthday to your grandson (I think I missed this post, and noticed it just now when I was looking at the newest Bag It links!) :) That's great fabric, and he'll love the coloured zippers :) I can picture the inside of the bag from your description, and it does seem like a ... different way to do things. At least the pattern was only a buck, and now you have a new technique to fool around with - I bet you could figure out a way to change it up a bit :D


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