The great thing about sewing is the option to (as they say on American Idol) “make it your own ” with different fabrics and embellishments. In our Keep In the Loop June e-newsletter, we featured a Zippity Purse. It has the perfect arrangement of pockets for my “stuff”–maybe because I designed it– but I wanted something a little more colorful so I selected these great fabrics by Amy Butler and coordinating Coats All-purpose zippers.
Here are the changes I made:
For topstitching, I used Dual Duty XP Heavy, color 8020 cream, instead of the Jeans Thread. For the decorative stitching, Dual Duty XP General Purpose in color 9314 Sherbert, a multicolor, added the right pop of color.
Follow the instructions through Step 3. Place regular presser foot on the machine and thread machine with Sherbert on top. Select a decorative stitch and sew across the edge of the zipper tape.
I also changed to a self-fabric strap. Here’s a secret-I hate to sew and turn fabric tubes. I cut the strap 3″ x 36″, pressed 1/2″ to the wrong side on the long cut edges and pressed a crease down the center. Then I aligned folded edges and topstitched both sides of strap with XP Heavy. I didn’t make this strap adjustable, but it could easily be done by following instructions in the original pattern.
The results–a great summer bag!
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.