Monday, February 6, 2012

Zippered Pouch Tutorial and a {giveaway}

I have never made a zippered pouch before in my life.

Actually, I've never inserted a zipper at all. I had to look in Vera's manual to see which of her feet was the correct one for inserting zippers. Sad day. I know.

But, I stumbled through and created this:



Oooooh. Ahhhhh.

Pretty fancy, huh? Want to know how I made it? Of course you do!

Materials:

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

(2) 8" x 6" pieces of fabric for the outside of the pouch
(2) 8" x 6" pieces of fabric for the inside of the pouch
zipper (I had a 22" on hand and just cut it down to size. You will need 6"-8")
Either (2) 8" x 6" pieces of batting or enough scrap batting to cover that area
(2) small scrap of fabric at least 3" x 1.5" for zipper ends (optional)
scraps to decorate pouch (optional)
embroidery floss to decorate pouch (optional)
Heat N Bond

Use 1/4" SA unless otherwise noted.

Directions:



Use Heat N Bond to prepare appliqués for pouch front and back. The flowery material is just to lay on my ironing board because I got some rogue Heat N Bond glue on it a couple projects ago and I don't want it to get on my iron.

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Once your appliqués are adhered to the pieces of fabric that will become the outsides of your pouch, lay out the fronts on the batting to determine the size of batting you will need to cut. If you have pre-cut your batting based on the materials list, you may skip this step.

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Place one front piece of appliquéd fabric face up on top of one piece of the batting. Stitch down your appliqués. Repeat for the second side. I originally was planning to make these appliqués fray on the ends, hence the 1/4" stitch, but then I decided against it and added a zig zag stitch around the edges of the appliqués. Feel free to stitch them down any way you wish.

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

I chose to add a little embroidery to my pouch. I wrote out the word "type" in cursive with a water soluble pen onto my fabric then embroidered the word onto the pouch side, stitching through the batting and the outside fabric. You don't have to do this, but I thought it would add a nice touch.



See?

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Cut your strip of fabric for the zipper ends. I cut a strip 6" long and 1.5" wide, then cut it in half, giving me (2) strips of 3" x 1.5" fabric. And, as you can see, I have cut down the zipper to the length of the top of my pouch.



Prepare zipper ends. You don't have to do this part, but I like to have a finished zipper that I know won't fall off one end. I don't know if that's ever happened before to anyone, but my irrational fear isn't hurting anyone. Like I said, I've never done this before, but this is what makes sense in my head. First, you will fold the strip in half, hamburger style, then press. Open it up and bring the edges to the center crease you've just created. Press. You should end up with this nice, double folded taco type thingy. And yes. That IS the technical term.

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Pin the zipper ends to the... well... zipper ends.

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Stitch with a straight stitch to hold in place.



Lay outer layer of pouch face up. Place zipper on top and align zipper with the top edge of the outer layer. Lay inner layer face down on top of zipper, aligning top edge.



Using your zipper foot, sew a straight line through all pieces of fabric close to zipper teeth. Flip fabric so the outer layer is face down and the inner layer is face up.



Lay the second outer layer face up. Lay the section with zipper face down, meaning the outer layer attached to the zipper is face down, aligning the zipper edge with the edge of the second outer layer. Then, lay the second inner layer face down on top of the zippered section, aligning the top edge with the edge of the zipper. Make sense? I hope this picture will help you. Sew a straight line close to the zipper teeth.



Unzip the zipper half way. Flip the fabrics so the outer layers have right sides facing and the bottom most layer and top most layer are the inner fabrics. Stitch a straight line through all layers at the bottom.



Align zipper opening with the bottom seam you just created and finger press it flat. Now, sew up those two sides!





Puff up that pouch and pinch the corners. I pinched about 1" and sewed a seam.



Almost finished! Your pouch should look something like this. Now, cut off those triangles at the corners. Like all my seams, I would suggest leaving 1/4" SA.




Turn that baby right-side-out through the open zipper and VOILA! A beautiful little zippered pouch for you!

I had originally planned to make this a flat pouch, showcasing the side designs, but, this pouch was a practice pouch for my Mouthy Stitches swap and it appears as though my super-duper secret partner would prefer something with a bit more structure, so I decided half way through the pouch to make it boxy. I still think it turned out nice though. For Mouthy Stitches, I'm sure I will make a bigger one, but I like how this one is the perfect purse size. Don't you?

So, on to the {giveaway}!

As I mentioned a while back, I want to thank all my followers for being so great! I had planned to get this giveaway together for my 100 follower landmark, but since I'm late, I have a few more bloggy friends who can partake! Here's the haul:

Zippered Pouch - Giveaway

The pouch (of course) jam-packed with all these scraps from recent projects of mine. All the scraps are designer, but they range in size. Some pieces are quite large, while some are smaller. They were all big enough for me to keep, so I hope they are big enough for you to use too! Sorry. I don't have much in the way of scraps, so these will have to do.



I am also tossing in this pair of covered button earrings I made from Lizzy House Jewels. These are orange. I know the picture is a little difficult to see. I was asked a couple months ago to share a tutorial on making these earrings and I'm just getting to it now... whoops!

So, what do you think? Is this a good haul for a follower giveaway??? I just want you all to know how much I appreciate you. I have met so many great bloggy friends and continue to grow relationships with my followers through email and comments. You guys (and ladies) make my days so much happier!

Here's how to enter:

1. Because this giveaway is to thank all my followers, you must be a follower of mine. If you want a chance to win but you don't currently follow me, start! I love new followers. So for this entry you must be a follower and tell me how you met your best friend. That simple.

2. If you want more chance to win, tell the world! One extra entry each for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. I'm going to need to check up on this if you are chosen as the winner, so be sure to add a url to your comment directing me to the place(s) you shared. If you share about my giveaway on your blog, you get TWO entries (mostly because I'm partial to blogs!!)

The fine print:

If you are a no-reply blogger, or you don't know if you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address in your comment(s). You can spell out 'at' (@) and "dot" (.) if you would like. As long as I have a way to get in touch with you if you win.

I will use Random.org to chose the winner. Since Blogger is messed up and no longer shows numbered comments, I will count very carefully!

Giveaway closes at 12:00 Midnight MST on Friday, 10 February 2012.


Danny

83 comments:

  1. Of course I follow you! My best friend is actually my husband now-a-days. We met when I was in 8th grade and he was a Junior in High School. He rode a motorcycle and the neighbor girl had borrowed (without permission!) my new 10 speed bike that I had gotten as an 8th grade graduation present. Long story short, he hit her as she rode my bike and he rode his motorcycle. Neither of them was hurt badly, he was hurt worse.

    Years later a friend of mine was match making and she introduced us. I knew who HE was, after all he ruined my bike and I never got another one! I tell everyone I had to marry him to make him pay for wrecking my bike. :)

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  2. i am over from mouthy stitches and i now follow you ,my best friend is lynda i met her when she came over here from the U.S to marry a friend of ours and we just got on sooo well !!
    going to make one of your boxy pouches !!thanks for the giveaway !!

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  3. Your pouch came out great! I love the typewriter fabric! I have just followed you and will be adding you to my bloglovin list. I've moved loads, but have been living in Ireland for about 10 years, most of my really good friends here I met through a Mommy and toddler group, and they have totally been my support as I have no family living near. I have to say Mommys rock!

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  4. I'm now following you! The pouch is great, I'll give this tutorial a try :)
    And how did you know orange is my favourite colour?!

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  5. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/charmaboutyou

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  6. I just blogged your giveaway in my Follower Appreciation giveaway post! :)

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  7. Congrats Danny! The pouch is fabulous! Zippers can be tricky, I should probably get practicing! whoops :) Great giveaway!

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  8. I follow! My best friend, whom I tell everything to, is actually my sister! So, we met when I was 1 1/2 ;) We didn't always used to be close, but within the last 6 years or so we have become closer and closer. I turn to her when I have problems, and she turns to me. It is nice to know that I have someone who will always have my back.

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  9. soooo cute! Impressed once again. Nice job for the first time, eh?

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  10. I follow you via google reader, does that count?? I met my best friend at church. Our relationship to years to develop, it wasn't an instant soul mate/best friend thing, but now we're super close. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. What a great looking pouch!! I love it! Way to go on the zipper!!

    I met my BFF the first day of first grade. Her mom told her to show me around. She showed me the trash can. This has proven to be a strong and lasting memory for both of us. Every important life event has involved my best friend. My life would not be the same without her! We have been BFFs now for almost 26 years. I just love her!!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

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  12. Lol! Um, I don't have a best friend! Sad I know, but my best friend is my husband and we met at church and we married a year later, almost to the day. I am a bit of a solitaire kind of girl and I do lots with my sisters. I can count on one hand those I count as friends - those I would share things with.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Shahna is my best friend. We have just always been best friends. I don't remember meeting her really!

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  14. Fab haul. And you know I follow you, you just drop off my dashboard randomly ;o)

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  15. I follow, and I love following you. I met my best friend 20 years ago when I went to university..... my dad had just dropped me off and I was so scared because I didn't know anyone. I went outside my room to find the toilet, and the first person I met was Karen, and I spent the afternoon with her (I didn't get to go to the toilet for four hours because I was scared that if I left her I would never find anyone else to talk to!!!!)

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  16. ADORABLE!!! Love that typewriter fabric! Thanks for linking up to Made With Love!

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  17. That's pretty fancy for something that you "struggled" though..

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  18. The pouch is great, love that typewriter fabric!

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  19. I just wanted to say what a lovely pouch and I love how you did the "type" part, I wish I had the skills to be able to do that!! Something else to add to my list along with buttonholes :)

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  20. I met my best friend at a church activity. Nothing exciting, I know. :)

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  21. I'm a follower. I met my oldest BFF when I was 9 when my family moved next door to her family. We had just moved from Texas to Washington State. We don't talk a lot these days but when we do, you would think we talk daily. We've been BFF for 38 years now. I'm giving away my age! Nice job on the pouch Danny. Now you'll be hooked on zippers like I am.

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  22. this pouch is awesome!!!! I met my best friend on the first day of college... we're opposites in a lot of ways but get on like a house on fire :)

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  23. I'm a new follower - thanks to the Mouthy Stitches Swap :)
    I met my best friend in high school, so long ago I don't remember really how we came to be friends we just have been ever since.
    love the pouch. i just dove into making mine with no practice - yikes. i can't wait to see your finished pouch.

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  24. I'm a follower. I guess I'm one of those saps whose husband is her best friend? We met on okcupid.com in August of 07 and got married in June of 09. Love that guy!! I am currently accepting applications for a lady bff though, if you or anyone you know is interested! ;)

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  25. I'm a follower. My best friends mom and my mom met while pregnant. We are born 6 weeks apart and our names are Lisa and Alisa. We've been friend for almost 34 years. Love the pouch AND the scraps!

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  26. My husband would be my BF too! We met at a BBQ on Boxing Day in 2001 which I wasn't even supposed to be at (my plans got cancelled and my sister dragged me to this BBQ). The pouch is awesome, would love it to be coming my way. :-)

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  27. I love that typewriter fabric! The pouch looks perfect!

    I met my best friend in 9th grade. We were filling out those index cards nearly every teacher has you write your name and contact info on, and she turned to me and whispered, "How do you spell Margaret?" It was HER middle name! I helped her out and we were fast friends from that moment on. Sad, but true, in our twenties we parted over a man. It was really just a misunderstanding, but it was time to move on, I guess. Now I am best friends with two women I met through work. Not quite the same, but we are all happily married, so there will be no issues over a man...I hope!

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  28. Aside from my husband, my best friend is Carol. We worked together back in 1980 for around 10 years. We live a long way from each other now, and don't get together so often, but when we do, it's like yesterday, and we never stop talking (according to our husbands!)
    Lovely zipper pouch. Thanks for the tutorial

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  29. pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/143200463121408537/

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  30. I'm a follower and that pouch is great!

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  31. Following you on Pinterest by Debra Lee!

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  32. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/DistractedDebra/status/166921833055125505

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  33. I shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=235356359881665&id=100003356564781

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  34. I met my best friend when our children started nursery together - she reminded me the other day that this was 24 years ago!!
    Thanks for a great tutorial - I'm a new follower!

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  35. Lovely pouch! The scraps also look awesome! I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win.
    lisaandmariahcreations@gmail.com

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  36. Great! I am a happy follower! I have more best friends and I met them all at university :o) Thank you for a giveaway, I love sewing from scraps!

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  37. I am a new follower and I love your zippered pouch! I am going to try a zipper one of these days :-) I met my best friend (now my husband) back in high school when he got his friend to ask me if I thought I would say yesy if he asked me out. I said "Probably" and he punished me by making me wait another three months until he actually asked me. All worked out in the end! (Also - I am drooling over those scraps!!)

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  38. I'm a new follower.
    I met my best friend 19 years ago in nursery..Knowing me i attacked her with something. We've been best friends since then and I see her every week, not forgetting the texting everyday and the odd phone calls of her telling me something her dog did x

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  39. New follower! I met my best friend through my hubby. She's my sister-in-law!

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  40. New follower! I met my friend at a high school football game when we were in junior high almost 20 years ago!

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  41. Gorgeous little pouch Danny! and a great tutorial too!
    So generous of you to offer this giveaway - I'm a follower of course and have my fingers crossed!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  42. Love your blog, so happy to be a follower. I met my best friend in law school, we showed up on the first day wearing the same outfit!

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  43. Your pouch is fantastic! Well done with the zipper too!.

    I'm a follower :) I met my best friend at school. It's scary when we realise that we've now known each other more than half our lives!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  44. I'm a follower! I met my best friends since Kindergarten.... :)
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  45. Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/167144597221412864

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  46. I'm a new follower. I met my best friend at school

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  47. I am a new follower! Very cute bag, looking forward to making one.
    My husband and best friend, we met in Vermont at breakfast on a singles retreat at church, that was 32 years ago!!
    Cindy

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  48. I'm a new follower!
    My best friend is my hubby. We actually met at my old workplace. He came in to install a computer network and I was a veterinary technician there. We actually knew each other for about 11 years before we started dating, as we were both married when we first met.

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  49. that is TOO cute!! love the embroidery and fabrics. i met my best friend in the 10th grade when she transferred to my high school. and as soon as i go up there and click that button, i'll be following along :)

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  50. I'm a new follower. This pouch would be a gift for my best friend who I met in the 3rd grade. She was the new kid and I forced her to play barbies with me at recess. I told her she had to, haha. Now I'm the shy one and she is super outgoing - go figure.

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  51. lovely zipper bag (can't call it pouch as it was all about you inserting a zipper) - so yes a follower - I haven't yet figured out the difference between joining on the follower extension thingy or adding the blog to the reading list - thanks for the chance!

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  52. Can't have enough zippy pouches! :) Thanks for the giveaway, I'm a new follower!

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  53. Love the fabric you used! I met my best friend in fourth grade at a friends birthday party. 14 years later, she's still my bestie!

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  54. I met my best friend my wife at church.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  55. I met my best friend the day she had her first baby. My (now) husband is her husband's best friend and we just clicked! Love your fabric choices, always.

    Thanks so much for taking part in our Pin'Inspiration Party. Hope that you are having as much fun exploring as I am and that you'll take part in helping the "Beat the Winter Blues" on Saturday.

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  56. My best friend is my hubby, and I met him at my parent's house one Sunday afternoon. He was my brother's friend from college and we were all over for a Sunday dinner... next thing you know I'm married to him and my brother is married to my roommate!

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  57. Pinned on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/245938829620858414/

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  58. I'm a new follower. I met my best friend, my husband, in college - we sang in choir together! Thanks for the tutorial. I'd love to make pouches but haven't done a zipper either!

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  59. Oh, man we are sappy! I see a bunch of comments with "My husband is my best friend" and I am no different!! Met him in a bar. He hit on my friend, then he saw me.... (rimshot!)
    And yes! I follow you! And I want your scraps!!

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  60. Twitter--https://twitter.com/#!/SunniLoveAffair/status/167845465776332803

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  61. Fb- On Love Affair page
    http://www.facebook.com/LoveAffairWithMyBrother/posts/249531468459265

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  62. Pinned it!!
    http://pinterest.com/pin/155374255864178743/

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  63. I am a new follower. Came over from Love affair with my Brother's posting on Facebook. I saw that Typewriter fabric on Pat Sloan's Blog earlier this week. My newest friend was a Blogging friend I met when I went to a book signing of Jennifer Chiaverini's. It was fun to meet a person who commented day after day on my Blog in person... Not the first person I've met in person through my Blog, just the newest.

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  64. Love the zipper pouch. One of my sewing resolutions for 2012 is to sew a something with a zipper. So thanks for the inspiration!!

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  65. I'm a brand new follower. Thanks for the chance, and for the tutorial, too!

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  66. I blogged about your giveaway here: http://quiltyascharged.blogspot.com/2012/02/giveaway-at-mommy-for-reals.html

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  67. I follow you now and I'd love to win your giveaway scraps. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  68. I talked about this giveaway on my blog.

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  69. this is my second entry for talking about it :)

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  70. I am a new follower. I met my best friend when she moved into the house across the street. We went over to meet them and have been friends ever since.

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  71. I'm a new follower! :) Came over from Love Affair with my Brother via facebook!
    I met my best friend my first year of college 16+ years ago! He is now my hubby! :)

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  72. I am a new follower, thank you for the chance to win some lovely fabrics. Thanks too for the tute! The answer to this question is easy, I met my best friend in Spotlight, She was in the queue waiting to be served and i was on my way out having done a bit of Show and Tell. I had made a dragon using Spotlight fabric and whenever i made anything i would always pop in and show them. Lillian, the lady in the queue asked me if i sold the dragons and i said no, but i would be happy to make her one, She was not comfortable to just take one so she asked me if there was a craft that i would like to learn, She taught me stained glass mosaic and we have been firm friends ever since.

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  73. My BFF and I met in grad school. Several years later, we're still BFFs and I've been teaching her to sew/quilt! Very fun. Been following since we're in beejeebers together!

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  74. What a precious pouch, Danny! I love the fabric that you appliqued on. Too cute.

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  75. Fabulous tutorial. LOVE IT!!!
    I am your new follower :-) Hop on over to http://happyinred.blogspot.com 'cause I have a Give Away going on myself!!
    Esther.

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  76. Thanks so much for sharing at I Made It! Monday. This is very cute. Can't wait to see what you have this next week.

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  77. This is, perhaps, my most slow-pokey week yet. My apologies for taking so long to get over here from “A Little Birdie Told Me..” to enjoy your post. It’s important to me to visit and really give my full attention to all the links, but as the party grows it’s taking more and more time. Thank you so much for bearing with me, and for continuing to share your talent at Rook No. 17!
    Jenn

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  78. I am now a follower!! he he I like the pouch that you made. Count me in on the giveaway.

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