Monday, July 22, 2019

Zippered Snack Bags

Last Saturday our Central Florida MQG members had the opportunity to learn how to sew zippered snack bags, led by fellow member Cindy, during our usual Saturday Sew-In. See our Central Florida MQG blog post, with pictures, here. 

These are the zipper pouches I made during the workshop. Cindy brought lots of bags with her and offered them to us. I picked the Hershey's Chocolate bag, but I brought the Twizzler's bag with me. It was such a sacrifice to eat them!

I learned that when a bag has a clear section (like the Twizzler's bag), you have to put fabric behind it, otherwise, the wrong side of the lining fabric will show through. I love the polka-dot I picked.

I made the Dove and coffee zipper bags at home. The Dove chocolates bag is from Cindy, and the coffee bag is mine. I love H.E.B. (grocery store) Cafe Olé, San Antonio flavored coffee that I get when I'm in Austin, Texas. That one turned out big enough that I'll use it to store scissors.

The notion that makes these bags work is iron-on vinyl, which I had never used before. Though, I had a roll of it in my stash, purchased many years ago at a Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild "garage sale" of members' stuff!

I've used all the vinyl I had and will certainly get more. Here's the product at JoAnn Fabrics.

Making these is addictive! I'm now eyeing all kinds of snack bags as potential zipper pouches! 

If you're curious about making them, here's a good video tutorial by Missouri Star

My sister visited over the weekend and at my invitation, selected a Dresden Plate quilt for herself.
Susan with her 12-1/2" X 12-1/2" Dresden quilt.
Together we determined who will receive the remaining three quilts, and those will be mailed this week. Using petals I have cut out, I'll make another one for myself.

In the meantime, I've returned to hand-quilting my selvedge quilt. I'm using size 8 and size 12 perle cottons in different brands and colors, to quilt colorful concentric circles.

All the white squares in the quilt center are quilted, and now I'm quilting the white rectangles around the outside edges.

Audiobook listening continues as I quilt. 

"Mummy's Favourite" by Sarah Flint, is flat-out, a story about a serial killer. The online synopsis says:
Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead.
This book genre isn't my usual favorite, but I like the main character, Charlie Stafford, a young, savvy, and intuitive female D.C. (detective constable) in the London Metropolitan Police. This is the first book in the DC Charlotte Stafford series, so I'll probably read more.

Linda's score: 3.8/5

It's a good thing I have quilting and an audiobook to distract me because Sunday afternoon, at about 3 pm, an area water pump broke down. We had no water for more than an hour, and couldn't get through to our Community Watch to report our problem. We later learned that such a huge area was without water that Community Watch was inundated with phone calls. An emergency team got right on to the repair, so we had water within two hours... and were drinking it/using it... until much later I received a text that we are on boiled water restriction until further notice.

It's inconvenient to not be able to safely wash our hands at the sink, or hand wash a couple coffee mugs. We're cautious when showering, and we have bottled water, so we're ready to handle this until the restriction is lifted - about 48 hours from the time of the incident. I am grateful we haven't lost electricity. Linda


Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I had never seen that type of zip bags until you posted on IG. I'd want to open it and find chocolate instead of sewing tools. Your hand quilting on the selvage quilt is looking so good. It adds such a nice hand made touch. Hope you have no ill effects from the water situation.

Bernie Kringel said...

These are wonderful! What a fun project - wouldn't they be fun for pencil bags for kids too?

tink's mom said...

Love those bags. I found them addicting. I did a bunch of them a couple of Christmas's ago. I found the healtyist thing I could do was to put the candy back into the bags when I gifted them. (I only bought bags with individually wrapped pieces).
Your sister seems pleased with her keepsake. Well done.

Robbie said...

Bags are adorable...Christmas gifts??? Hmmm Just tried to look up the book at our library..not there! Go figure..even MEL didn't have it. No books by that author at all...go figure! Thanks for suggestion!

Nancy said...

The bags are really cute! Nicely done. Those Dresden Plates will soon be on their way to the new homes. Nice! Oh- and I like the suggestion above to put the candy back in the bag when giving it as a gift. Too tempting.

Susan said...

Your selvedge quilt is looking great! The combination of techniques works so well. I might need to look into that author too - a new one to me!

Paige said...

Those bags are adorable! I had never heard of iron on vinyl. I must give those a try. You hand quilting is beautiful!

Quilting Babcia said...

The little zip bags are cute, but I'm really loving the quilting you're doing on the selvedge quilt. Gorgeous!

KaHolly said...

I used iron on vinyl for the first time this past winter to line snack bags. Worked like a charm! I’ve never used candy bags, but I made different size bags for Crafty Daughter's dogs from dog food bags. Your sister is pretty. I certainly can see a strong family resemblance! I’m loving your hand quilting, Linda. It is very effective, especially on that quilt. I have not tried big stitch quilting, yet.

Debbie said...

Fun zip bags. I've made several but I guess never 'clear' as I never had to add fabric - the dots ARE cute!

OPQuilt said...

Very fun zip bags--let's people know what you like to eat at your house! (Mine would also be chocolate) Sorry about the water issues--yikes! I'll bet you can really feel for all those people in Detroit, after something like this. Stay safe.
And thanks for updating us on pictures of your selvages quilt--it's looking great.

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

Linda your bags remember me a lot about the coffeebags I made earlier. I still have a lot of These bags in my stock, so one day I start to make more bags out of them :-)
have a great day


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