I've been working on a little gift set for a friend who has a birthday this weekend (she doesn't read my blog). I made her a little notepad keeper, and a "Clutter Bug" bag from patterns by "This and That." Last night I also decided to add a "Little Glam Bag" to the set (pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs). I was almost giddy with delight at the way the "Little Glam Bag" went together. I've been sewing and putting zippers in for over 30 years (I started pretty young)--and this bag has what I consider the most perfect zipper! For those of you who haven't yet ventured into zippers...this is the pattern you should use first!
The "Little Glam Bag" is the bag in the lower portion of the photos. I took the bottom photo from above to try to show the difference in zippers. In the "Clutter Bug" bag the zipper went in fine, but I'm never happy with zipper bulk in the side seams or with the edge on the zipper pull side. The Glam bag pattern has you attach a fabric tab to both ends of the zipper before you sew it to the bag. It resulted in a perfect-looking top and no zipper bulk in the seams! In addition, the Glam bag is fully lined, which I love! I really like all of my other zipper bag patterns, but I'm going to try to adapt them all to use the Glam bag zipper installation method.
I'm hoping to finish all of my Christmas gifts by Saturday so that I can enjoy the Twelve Days of Christmas without deadlines. I just might get side-tracked though...there are little trees that Nanette shared that I really want to make, free stitcheries to stitch, and so many cute bird ornament patterns that are calling to me. Also, I can think of about ten "Little Glam Bags" I might just need to make--I had better go buy some more zippers! Happy sewing!