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Martha Pullen's Guest - Making Zippers Fun
A Fun Way to Use Zippers, Mix and Match Colors
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Date: 10/28/11 5:56 PM

As noted elsewhere, I've started watching Martha Pullen's, Martha's Sewing Room.

Her guest today was making simple but colorful print quilted and zipped pouches. The fun part was using two different colored separating zippers to make one zipper, pink on one side and green on the other. The colors were picked up from the fabric's print. And, yes, it means buying two zippers to get the effect. But it was a delightfully fun look.

This could work for children's clothing, workout wear, etc. And, they suggested using different team colors on each side of your zipper for your cheer them on apparel. It could make a very bold statement in some of the adult garments with exposed zippers.

The guest also made some flowers with leftover zippers. The teeth were at the top edge. Different, fun and sharp. And, if you've seen the fancier zippers with sparkly teeth, that was made into a really dressing looking flower/pin. Lot's of different ideas I had never thought of including dressing up flip flops by covering the straps and adding a zipper flower.

Any other fun zipper ideas?

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Date: 10/28/11 11:22 PM

I watched this show today also and would love a little more instruction on the technique of the first zippered bag they showed. This show does not really give an in depth explanation of things, going over them so fast and with very few close ups of the work in progress. I have been unable to locate any instructions for these bags online. Has anyone else found the instructions? I like making purses and really like mine to have a zippered main section but I always struggle to get zippers to look the way I'd like them to.

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Date: 10/29/11 0:39 AM

pattipat,

The guest said that there was no pattern and just make it up any old size. My husband was also passing through as she was saying that it would be hard to match a zipper to the print fabric but that now, with the pink half of the zipper on one side and the green half on the other, that it matched beautifully. This struck him as being really funny.

I agree that her guests go through things pretty fast. And, in this case, there weren't really any bag instructions. I'll look around online and see what I can link up here for zippered bags. So, is it that you want the whole main pocket to have a zipper across the top, or are you looking for something with a big zippered pocket inside of the main pouch?

Often, whether it is for a pillow or a tote/purse, I'll apply the zipper onto an oversized piece of fabric, totally finish off the zipper application turning two pieces of fabric into one piece of fabric with a zipper and then cut the pillow/tote/purse piece out of that.

It is easier for me to insert the zipper in the flat fabric. And, particularly on heavier fabrics, the fabric sometimes draws up a bit when inserting the zipper. So cutting the fabric after the zipper is inserted is more accurate for me.

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Does anyone have a blog that might help pattipat?

The bag used in the demonstration could have been drawn up by tracing around an over-sized dinner plate or small round cookie sheet. Actually, that is probably where she got the pattern as the deep hem allowance at the top would make it just about right to be just under a half moon shape. The fabric was quilted. The half moon was seamed with no gusset and then the large separating zipper pieces, two different colors, were applied at the top of the box. Right side of zipper side to right side of bag with a very small seam allowance so that a lot of the zipper tape would show.

pattipat, what kind of bag or tote would you like to start with?

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Subject: Martha Pullens Guest - Making Zippers Fun Date: 10/29/11 8:01 AM

Who was the guest? Maybe you could contact her directly for instructions that are more in-depth.

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Subject: Martha Pullens Guest - Making Zippers Fun Date: 10/31/11 5:52 PM

I have a peeve with this show. I love Martha and respect her knowledge of heirloom sewing. I get so frustrated when she is explaining something and there is NO detailed closup of the item or of the sewing machine doing its thing. I was told by someone that the show is put on by students in the television program at the college where it is made so it doesn't get very complicated. She has such beautiful garments on sometimes and you just don't get to see the fine details and those details are how she has built her career and reputation. Just wish for better camera work.

As a comparison, Nancy Zieman goes slow enough to get you to understand and always has wonderful closeups of her work.

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Date: 10/31/11 6:00 PM

Thanks for reminding me solosmocker, Nancy Zieman's latest show that aired in our area this past Saturday, featured a nice little tote that included four zippers.

Pattipat, did you happen to see that show, or do you have access to the Nancy Zieman shows.

I hold Ms. Zieman up there at hero status for a variety of reasons. What a woman!

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Date: 11/1/11 2:18 PM

Many of Nancy's shows are available on the Wisconsin PBS channel. Scroll down and you'll find the recording of Stress Free Zipper Creations.

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Date: 11/1/11 2:23 PM

Thanks purplebouquet, I hope that pattipat will see the link. Naturally, I'll be checking to see what I've missed before our station picked up her show.

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Date: 11/1/11 2:37 PM

I agree, this program was a little frustrating, although I enjoyed it anyway. For example, when she's doing the most complex parts of the projects, they are pulled way back so you are seeing her and the machine from about 10 ft away..... makes it very hard to follow the project.

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Date: 11/1/11 3:02 PM

I think the guest was Linda McGehee, she has a site to view for more instructions, http://www.ghees.com/html/free_projects.html, her site also sells colorful zips.

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