Monday, January 28, 2013

HST Zipper Pouch + Key FOB Tutorial

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a fun tutorial for a Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch and Key FOB!

This was originally published as a guest tutorial on the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog.

I love keeping a roomy zipper pouch in my purse to keep some make-up, lip balm, medicine, a nail file or two, and a bit of emergency candy.  This pouch is the perfect size for all those little things that end up at the bottom of your bag!

It features half-square triangles, which are covered in the tutorial, so never fear if you haven't made them before!

While we're at it, how about a new key FOB? We'll make two different versions, one plain and one patchwork. Makes it easier to find your keys, plus they're just pretty!  (FOB hardware is from here and turquoise twill tape is from JoAnns.)

Half-Square Triangle Zipper Pouch
If you'd rather make a plain pouch and skip the half-square triangle piecing, you'll need just 2 fat quarter (one for the exterior and one for the interior). Cut all your pieces 6.5"x8.5" and skip ahead to step 14!


Sewing Level: Intermediate

Materials:
- 8 print fat quarters
- 8” (or larger) zipper
- 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
- 1/4 yard fusible fleece
- Coordinating thread

Finished Size:
Zipper Pouch - 5.5”x7.5”

Cutting:
From all 8 fat quarters:
- Cut (1) 3”x9” strip
- Subcut strip into (3) 3” squares

From 1 fat quarter (lining):
- Cut (1) 6.5”x18” strip
- Subcut strip into (2) 6.5”x8.5” pieces

From 1 fat quarter (zipper end tabs):
- Cut (2) 1.5”x2.5” pieces

From lightweight interfacing:
- Cut (1) 6.5”x17” strip
- Subcut strip into (2) 6.5”x8.5” pieces

From fusible fleece:
- Cut (1) 6”x16 strip
- Subcut into (2) 6”x8” pieces

Pouch Construction:

*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted* 

1. Take any two of your 3” squares, and place them right sides together.



2. Line up a ruler along the diagonal, from one corner to another.


3. Carefully trace a line with a pencil.


 4. Sew along one side of the pencil line, backstitch. Turn your square and sew down the other side of the pencil line.


5. Using scissors or a rotary blade, cut down the pencil line, splitting the squares in half.


6. Press your seams open to reduce bulk.


7. Line up a ruler with the HST seam. Trim as little as necessary on both sides.


8. Turn HST and trim the other two sides, this time line up your half-square triangle with 2.5”, trimming the excess.


9. Repeat with the remaining squares to create a total of 24 half-squares triangles.  Trim them all to 2.5”.


10. Grab 12 of your half-square triangle units and arrange them into 3 rows of 4 squares each.


11. Stitch blocks in each row together.  Press seams in one direction, alternating with each row.


12. Sew rows together, pinning where the seams meet. Press seams open.


13. Repeat with remaining half-square triangles to create another exterior panel.


14. Fuse lightweight interfacing to the wrong sides of both panels.  Center fusible fleece on top of the interfacing, fuse in place.


15. Create the end tabs for the zipper by taking the 1.5”x2.5” piece and folding the long sides in 1/4” and pressing flat.


Fold down both short ends 1/4” and press.


Fold in half, matching short edges and press.


16. Cut off the end of your zipper, trimming off the metal end.


17. Nestle your trimmed zipper end in the folded tab. Pin in place.


18. Using a small seam allowance, top stitch the zipper end tab in place.


19. Measure your zipper starting from the end tab and mark a line at 7.75”.


20. Open the zipper past that line and then cut on the line.


21. Pin the zipper closed, and nestle the zipper end in the folded tab.  Pin in place and sew the same way as the first tab.


(Note: Zipper with tabs is meant to be shorter than your lining and exterior! It should measure 7.75” long with the tabs)


22. Place a lining piece right sides up on your sewing table. Place zipper right sides up, centered along the top edge, with the zipper pull to the right.



23. Place an exterior panel right sides down on top of your lining and zipper.  Line up edges and pin in place.

Tip: I like to do a quick line of stitching using an 1/8” seam to baste when installing zippers. It helps reduce chances of layers shifting while sewing.


24. Using a zipper foot sew along the top edge with a 1/4” seam allowance.



When you get close to the zipper pull, stop stitching and lower your needle.  Lift up your foot, removing pins that are in the way, and carefully open your zipper until it’s past the presser foot.

Reposition the exterior panel and repin.  Continue stitching to the end, backstitch.


25. Open your pieces so that the wrong sides are together.  Press flat.

26. Place remaining exterior panel right sides up on your sewing table.  Center it along the top edge of your lining.  Place remaining lining piece right sides down on top of your zipper.  Line up edges and pin in place. Repeat steps 24-25 for second side of zipper.


27. Open your pieces so that the wrong sides are together.  Press flat.


28. Top stitch along the top edge of both sides of the zipper.



29. Place the exterior panels right sides together and lining pieces right sides together.  Fold the zipper end tabs toward the exterior. **Open the zipper!** Pin.


30. Sew around all four edges using a 1/4” seam allowance (and a walking foot), leaving a 4” opening at the bottom of the lining.  You may need to stitch over the zipper area a few times to secure it.

Because the zipper (with the tabs) is .75” smaller than the pouch pieces, you’ll sew right next to the tabs, but not through them.  This makes the pouch ends nice and neat.


31. Turn the bag right sides out through the zipper opening.  Pull the lining out of the bag.  Turn open edges under 1/4”.

Pin and sew the opening closed with a small seam allowance.


32. Stuff lining into pouch and press well.



Tip: You can create a quick pull for your zipper using a small strip of fabric, or ribbon. I cut mine 1/2”x3”.  Simply thread it into the zipper pull and tie in a knot.

Voila, your pouch is done!


Key FOBs

Now it's time to make some Key FOBs! You can choose to make either a patchwork or a solid version! You'll have plenty of fabric leftover from the pouch to make both if you'd like!

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials:
- 8 different print fabric scraps
- 1/2 yard of 3/4” twill tape
- Scraps of lightweight fusible interfacing
- (1) 1.25” metal key FOB hardware
- Coordinating thread

Finished Size:
Key FOBs - 1.25”x4.75”

Cutting:

For Patchwork FOB:

From all 8 print scraps:
- Cut (1) 1.5”x3” piece

For Solid FOB:
From 1 print scrap:
- Cut (1) 3”x8.5” piece

For both FOBs:
From lightweight interfacing:
- Cut (1) 3”x8.5” pieces

From twill tape:
- Cut (1) 8.5” piece

Key FOB Construction:

*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted* 

1. For Patchwork FOB: Sew (8) 1.5”x3” strips together along the long edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.  Press seams open.  Strip should measure 3”x8.5”.

2. Fuse lightweight interfacing to the backside of the strip.


3. Fold strips in half lengthwise, placing *wrong sides* together. Pin.


4. Stitch a 1/4” on the long side of each strip. Press, making a crease along the folded edge.


5. Open up the seam and line it up with the crease you just made, pressing the seam open and the piece flat.


6. Place a 8.5” piece of twill tape on top of each strip, covering the center seam.  Pin in place.


7. Top stitch along both sides of the twill tape, securing it in place. Trim any excess on the edges.


8. Fold piece in half, lining up raw ends, press.  You may choose to have the twill on the outside or inside.  Stitch ends together with a small seam allowance, making sure to backstitch.



9. Place raw edge of a folded strip into the hardware.

10. Making sure to keep things in place, cover hardware with a washcloth and use a pair of pliers to close the hardware. You may need to check it and repeat to make sure it’s completely close.


Voila! Enjoy your Key FOB!

Happy Sewing!

325 comments:

  1. Very cute project! Love those fabrics :-)

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  2. Of course we would! I have tons and tons of stuff on my key chain though LOL

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  3. I want to win this one even more so since Feb 1st is my due date! ;)

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  4. So cute! I love the fabrics you used!
    Thanks!

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  5. Beautiful fabrics! I love a good zipped pouch, so useful.

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  6. Sweet pouch! I love this color palette, Jeni!! :)

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  7. Wow - yes please! I would love to win fabrics to make my own! I follow you and AGF through all the ways I should :) Love your key fobs too - brilliant!

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  8. I love this collection of fabrics! I am always especially inspired by fabric pulls that combine various fabric collections but look like they completely belong together.

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  9. Those are so cute! Think I might have to make a key fob!

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  10. This looks like a great project and I love the color combination/fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win. I also follow AGF on facebook and their blog - I'll go leave a comment there now.

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  11. I love making zippy pouches and that's such a cute one!

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  12. Love your zippy pouch and pretty fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win...
    bea968{at}gmail{dot}com

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  13. I love it! and I would love to win the fabric!

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  14. What a lovely bundle! The colours work so well together!

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  15. That is SO cute! I'd love to win the beautiful fabric!

    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  16. Looks like another fun project. Love the pretty fabric.

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  17. Love all of these fabrics, and they go together so well! Thanks for the chance to win them.

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  18. Those are so cute! And lovely fabrics too.

    enigmatic_15 at yahoo dot com

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  20. Such lovelies!! i've been meaning to pick up a bundle of Rock and Romance - so gorgeous.

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  21. Love your fabric choices and appreciate the wonderful tutorial. I follow AGF in all ways possible, I think. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. Love your combination of fabrics!

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  23. What a cute HST pouch! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. Love the fresh, modern color combo! I'd love to take that fabric home with me!

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  25. I was just thinking this weekend that I needed a way to store my loyalty cards (groceries, pharmacy, etc.) when I don't want to carry a purse. This key fob would be perfect. Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway opportunity.

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  26. I love how all of the colors are balanced in your pouch-- very sweet!

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  27. i love the pattern, and the fabrics are pretty

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  28. Nice projects. Love a giveaway.
    Mary D
    www.stitchesonmyneedle.blogspot.com

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  29. I was looking for a gift idea for someone, and I think I found it. Such fun colors!

    Leigh Ann
    lafx23@comcast.net

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  30. You ALWAYS have some of the cutest ideas! Simply awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. I love this tutorial! I have been wanting to make key fobs and this has inspired me to get going! Thanks!

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  32. This is great! Thanks for the tutorial and showing some beautiful fabrics.

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  33. I love your half square triangle pouch, and the fabrics are gorgeous!

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  34. Great little project! I also apprecviate you providing the source for the hardware.
    Thanks!

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  35. I just adore HSTs, and this is a great use of them! Thanks!

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  36. Beautiful fabs! I liked and subscribed to AGF. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. Thanks for running a giveaway and blogging about projects. I love to see what everyone is making.

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  38. The pouch is gorgeous and thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. Pinned the pouch tutorial and hope to make it soon. Love this little bundle! THanks.

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  40. Love those fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. I want to make some of those pouches, and I love that fabric!

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  42. The fabrics are gorgeous! I think I will put the zippered pouch on my list!

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  43. Fabulous fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway

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  44. I absolutely adore the fabrics you chose for this. Thank you, I will definitely use the tutorial for myself and if I'm feeling generous later this year, maybe for some Christmas gifts :)

    Fawn

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  45. I love these pouches. I can't wait to try this tutorial. I just need to get some zippers.. and the fabrics are just wonderful. Love the colors

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  46. I follow both of you and I love these fabrics!

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  47. So nice fabrics, and a lovely combination - as always with your fabric :)

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  48. Very cute! I really need to make some Key fobs!

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  49. just cut a bunch of squares for a project and now have some left over... gonna have to try using them for this little project... thanks for the giveaway...

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  50. The world is a better place with zippy pouches! Thanks for the giveaway and I do follow AGF.

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  51. Love these! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. cute project, i love the color choices!

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  53. I love those fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  54. Love that piece of hardware for the fobs--kicks it up a notch for sure!

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  55. Cute as can be. Love the fabrics!!

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  56. Ooooh! I'd like to win! These colors are amazing!

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  57. I would love to make this project with these fabrics.

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  58. Cute zipper bag! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. Nice projects. And I adore those fabrics. Very colorful for sure. Thank youf ro a chanc eto enter your giveaway. I am all- ready a followe of AGF blog and also on facebook.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. Love the fabrics! Thanks. And the bag and key fob are cute! I think it is time for a new one for me!

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  61. Sweet pouch! Handy for a great many things :) Thanks for the giveaway. (also liked AGF on FB & subscribe under 'Jonquil Alexia')

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  62. Lovely colours, nice little purse. I have made lots of purses, but never a key fob. I will try these soon.

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  63. I like theway you put thisbundle together

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  64. This is really cute - thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. Love these fabrics and your tutorial!! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  66. Great fabrics! Thanks for the tutes and the giveaway!

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  67. WOW...wonderful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  68. This is lovely fabric, would love to win!

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  69. Such a cute bundle!! Perfect to make this pouch :)

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  70. I love the fabrics and the tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. what a beautiful collection of fabrics!

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  72. I can no longer resist! I am going to have to make one of these bags!!
    Great tutorial, Jeni and the fabric is awesome.

    Blessings,
    Celia

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  73. Love the colors and the link for the hardware. Would like to make some.

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  74. Cute little purse, would love to try to make one with these awesome fabrics. thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Such a great project! The colours just POP! Would love to win, thanks for sharing!

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  76. I would love this! Got a new sewing machine for Christmas! :)

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  77. I can't wait to go home and make this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  78. You can never have too many zip pouches so I'll definitely be giving this one a try - it's so pretty and a great tutorial, thanks. It would be even better to make it in the same yummy fabrics you used - thanks for the chance to win them :)

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  79. I love the fabrics you chose! So beautiful!

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  80. This is such a cute project that I'd like to try!

    I hope I win too! :)

    jess44903@neo.rr.com

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  81. I was just looking for a small project to do when I'm visiting Paul in DC next month - this is it! I need to keep things handy in my bag and need a separate fob for all my loyalty cards! Thanks for hosting a giveaway as well as a smart tutorial :) x

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  82. Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

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  83. Oh wow! Beautiful fabrics. And the zipper pouch is amazing! Thank you.

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  84. Awesome!! Love pouches of any kind. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  85. I wish!!! And I love your perfect little pouch

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  86. Thanks for a great tutorial. Zip bags with matching key fobs would make GREAT gifts! Thanks for also making a printable pdf for the project!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  87. Love those fabric color combinations. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance.

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  88. I love the colours in this bundle! I'm keeping my fingers crossed x

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  89. What an utterly awesome colour combo those fabrics are!

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  90. Sweeeeet! Love that little pouch!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  91. okay- done everything to qualify! I would love to win the fabric bundle.

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  92. Thank you for the link to the key fob hardware. I have had a dificult time trying to find it, or to even describe it to my local fabric shop! I truly thought it would be with the rest of the hardware, but they never carry it! Christmas presents! Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful fabrics! Winning fabric is a better way to increase my 'stash' than buying right now!

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  93. Love this bundle! I started following AGF on Facebook and Pinterest too!

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  94. These would make great gifts and I'm in gift making mode right now. Never too early to start and the fabric bundle would help make more. I see lots of projects going on my plate.

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  95. Lovely colors. I can't wait to try the tutorial!

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  96. oh i love!!! I have only once ventured into the land of zippers, i must try it again!

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  97. Love the colors -especially the dots :). I am ready for some cheery spring colors.

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  98. I was needing motivation for a small project and this is the perfect solution. Thanks!

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  99. Gorgeous palette, love the greys and navy's.

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  100. Gorgeous pouch and fob! And thank you so much for the extremely clear zipper instructions too - I am going to try to do this later.

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  101. This might be the perfect project to help me get over my fear of zippers!

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  102. What a great bundle of prints! LOVE the colors! I follow AGF on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and their blog.
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  103. I luv the look of the pouch, great give away too. Thanks

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  104. Love this, Jeni! I'm so obsessed with HSTs.

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  105. Cute bag! I would love to be a winner!

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  106. Terrific tutorial! Thansk for the chance to win!

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  107. Very cute! I love the colours of the fabric.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    :o)
    Rose
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  108. Those are really neat little pouches!

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  109. Love the tutorial! And thanks for the chance to win those beautiful fabrics!!!

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  110. I have plan to make a few pouches as gifts the next few days. This tutorial sure comes in the right time, thanks. Love the fabrics.
    jchiagan at yahoo dot com

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  111. love that bundle! and your pouch and fobs are so great! thanks for the tute!

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  112. Very pretty pouch. Thanks for the tute. jennylarking@gmail.com

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  113. Thank you for sharing the pretty pouch tutorial and also for the chance to win, it's very kind of you!

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  114. Beautiful fabric and great project - thanks!

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  115. Love the fabric combo! Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! :D

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  116. Love this! Great colors and super cute. Hello Kitty looks perfect with the key FOB. I follow AG rules.

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  117. Great fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  118. Great tutorial and great fabrics!

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  119. What pretty colors. Thanks for the chance to win your tutorial.

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  120. do you need to ask? of course I'd love to win such a lovely bundle! :) I will definately be making one of those key fobs! {maybe more!}

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  121. Would love to win! Gonna head over and check out the tutorial :)

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  122. I really love that fabric combination!

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  123. Super cute project and I love AGF!
    jawierman@yahoo.com

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  124. Very pretty selection! I've been wanting to try HSTs and this is a really cute introduction!

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  125. I love these fabrics! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  126. Thank you for a chance to win these beautiful fabrics to make this zippered pouch.

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  127. Cute projects! Love those fabrics too!

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  128. These fabrics make you feel like spring is coming especisally since we are being dumped on with about 7 inches of snow.

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  129. I love little zipper bags! I've made a bunch for my kids and their various toys.

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  130. Pretty fabrics! I also love the hello kitty key fob, very adorable. Thank you for the giveaway, off to post on their blog too!

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  131. Love the tutorial and the little bag and especially the fabric. I am a big fan of Pat Bravo and their site. thanks for giveaway.

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  132. Love those soft colors! Thanks for the drawing.
    Joye Cox

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  133. I too love a pouch to put lipstick and emergency meds to carry in my purse. Love the key fobs too. Great little presents to give away.

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  134. Thank you for the tutorial and a chance to win the bundle!

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  135. Those sweet colours are delish! Thankyou very much for the tutorial, going to cut one of these out today :) Jeni can you use ribbon instead of twill if you prefer for the key fobs? Thank you x

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  136. Such a great bundle of fabrics, they look great together in this pouch. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway :).
    I follow AGF on face book and their blog in my reader

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  137. Very nice project. Thank you for sharing.

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  138. Awesome Project!! I am pinning it now!!

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  139. I subscribe to AGF blog and follow you on FB and Pinterest!!! I love the fabric and the project!

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  140. love the tutorial and those fabrics!

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  141. Great tutorial and lovely fabrics - thanks! I follow AGF on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe) and subscribe to their newsletter.

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  142. Thanks for the opportunity, just became a follower

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  143. What a lovely group of fabrics. If I win I would definitely make these!

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  144. What a fun group of fabrics! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  145. I love the Living Elements designs. I have been using them a lot lately. Thanks for the chance!

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  146. Lovely choice of colours and what a lovely, elegant output from the humble HST. Love both the projects.
    hope I win :)
    Leena

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  147. What a cute and useful tutorial! Thanks!

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  148. Love the fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win.

    Ursula
    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  149. What a beautiful pouch. And my newly-driving daughter could something to hold her keys!

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  150. Like your Hello Kitty key! I hope to win these fabric pretties!

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  151. I'd love to win the pretty fabrics

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  152. Thanks for the chance to win - the fabrics are ver pretty. However, I am more thrilled at the tutorial you have just posted as I have been wondering about how to make key fobs, and where to get the hardware from for a while now. Excited.

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  153. Awesome project to make especially to give as gifts...here wishing to win....sure would be an incentive to create.

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  154. I love your cute little HSTs, and you picked out such beautiful fabric to share!

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  155. Would love to make this and the fabrics are fun!

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