Petey said to me last night: "why don't you make meee anything?" So I asked what he wanted and he said he'd like a little slimline pencil case. I just happened to have a single, suitable zipper in my stash, and some very appropriate fabric (only $1 for a fat quarter in Kyoto - can you believe it??) and put it together late last night and this morn. I just went and presented it to him then but...well he was still asleep and just rolled over.
(don't you just love arranging/styling up little product shots, just for the sake of it?)
I haven't made anything with a zip in it for ages, and I can't say I enjoy it! At least this time I tacked the fabric to the zipper band first before machine sewing. I used Amy Karol's 'zip pouch' pattern as a reference, but I modified it because it didn't seem quite right to me. Her instructions say to sew up the sides and bottom of the outside fabric, then sew on the zip, then sew up the sides and bottom of the lining fabric and just hand stitch it into the inside. Hmm. I don't like hand stitching and especially not in such a prominant place where u can see the crappy job i've done :)
(more product shot experimentation - man I wish I had a fancy pants camera)
I opted for sewing the outside and lining fabrics to the zipper at the same time, and then sewing down the sides and bottom (leaving a hole in the bottom of the lining for turning inside out). Anyway it seems like there are heaps of different ways to do this, and each has their pros and cons, and there's no simple, perfect way.