Shiny Things

I’m attracted to metallic zippers. They are more difficult to sew with and they scare me a little, but I love the way they look. The thing that bothers me is that you cannot enclose a metallic zipper’s ends into a seam the way that you can with a plain old plastic zipper, which means that I can’t use some of my favorite finishing techniques the same way I usually do.

I used this Boxy Bag Tutorial to make some metallic zippered bags. IMG_1353

These sew up very quickly. Although I am not a fan of exposed inner seams, this tutorial covers them up nicely with a tight zigzag stitch. If everything is cleaned up and trimmed at the end, they still look professional.

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I used some of my goofy glasses novelty print for the outside and some Moda punctuation print for the lining of each bag.

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I adjusted the tutorial sizes as instructed for a 9 inch zipper and a 14 inch zipper.

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The next time I make these boxy pouches, I will use another layer of interfacing for the larger bags. They get all floppy if they don’t have extra layers of structure inside. I used fusible fleece to interface both of these bags. The small bag looks great, but the 14″ zipper bag doesn’t have the sturdiness it needs to stand up to regular use.