I randomly happened to have a long, cream-colored zipper laying around so I thought I'd try my hand at a Noodlehead Open Wide zippered pouch. I've seen a lot of these pouches floating around blogland and they seemed pretty straightforward. I used a pretty maroon floral for the outer later and some cream for the lining. Both gifted to me, as well as the zipper (I think) - yay for using what you've got! I had just run out of featherweight fusible interfacing so I used a couple scraps of the craft weight that I had on hand. It came out a little stiffer than I would have preferred, but again - yay for using what you've got!
I made the large size since my zipper was pretty long, and it makes for a pretty large pouch - it's 14" wide and 11" tall! (Maybe even slightly too big? Can you have too big a pouch? ) My plan is to follow Katy's gift-giving suggestion and fill it with a few items for the recipient. So far I'm thinking some of my homemade chai tea mix, a lip gloss and another little thing or two.
The instructions for making the pouch were nice and clear. I had a little bit of trouble finagling the zipper, but nothing too traumatic. The whole thing was completed in one weekday evening, and I must say I had quite a sense of accomplishment! I need to go and buy some more zippers (maybe in a smaller size this time!), because this is a great tutorial to have on hand for a quick and easy gift.
Whooping it up for one more Christmas present done!