This was one of the 2 most challenging projects so far from the book. So after 3 days of reading and re-reading the instructions, sewing and then reverse sewing the Zakka Style Zip Organiser I finally finished my Rapunzel version. I have to say thanks to a few bloggers who gave great tips and visuals to flesh out the minimal steps provided in the book. Krista at Spotted Stone (who hosted this project in the Sew-Along), The Patchsmith, Amy at Strung Out Designs, and Vera from Negligent Style.
Fabric Choice - It took a me a few false starts before I settled on making use of 'my precious' Heather Ross prints from the Munki Munki and Far Far Away 3 ranges. I figured having something delightful with me everyday would be the best use for these cute prints. No use having them sitting in my stash giving no-one any joy.
Back Zip and Pocket - This section in the book was pretty confusing to me.
- I don't know how I could have done this without my 'walking foot' because there were many layers making it difficult sew the 20" zip into place.
- By far the trickiest and most frustrating part of the process was sewing the binding on from the outer without getting the inner zip all twisted up into the threads. I have to do a great deal of unpicking.
Deviations from the Pattern
Patchworking - Instead of a single print for the front cover, I decided to patchwork some favourite prints together instead - using some Essex linen blend in natural, HR roses in grey and Rapunzel in blue. I did the same for the inner card pocket with some Pinnochio prints.
Quilting and Embroidery - I used some lovely aqua thread to do some quilting and using one of my only embroidery stitches on my Janome 2101 to seal the back pocket.
- I made mine a double fold 2" binding from the tweed fabric from the Orchard Tweed Pouch and it was tight. I decided to hand sew the binding onto the internal zip. Can I just say that tweed is my favourite fabric atm.
Look at my Zip Organiser looking all matchy matchy with my earlier Zakka Style Zig Zag Tote and a handy card holder.
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