Since we're on the topic of zippered containers, I thought I'd share what I just made.
Plans are underway for our annual pilgrimage to the Equator to visit family. The children are excited, and have made wish lists and grand plans to visit the art supply stores in Singapore to stock up on art supplies. Ironically (and somewhat ridiculously), they also mean to pack all their USA-bought art supplies on the airplane, so as not to get bored on the 20+ hour flight. I will veto most of it, but I love that they are now old enough to plan and pack their own airplane entertainment!
Not surprisingly, there have been requests from the kids for more containers for their various odds and ends. Kate, for instance, has ordered another marker pouch. Then, everyone got new fold-up headphones so we don't have to endure the torture that is standard-issue airline earbuds, and I've had to sew drawstring bags for those. Also, each of our screens - laptop, iPad, tablet, iPod, etc. needs a traveling case for cushioning within backpacks.
And everyone has hinted that they need larger stationery holders.
More zippered pouches, in other words.
So I dug around in my stash for suitable fabric.
And discovered these gems which my old friend Jen made for me -
panels of natural twill, printed with the girls' names on. Which I'd been saving for the perfect project for when the kids were older. Like zippered pouches!
But first, a lamination treatment, to turn them into wipe-clean fabric. Which had the added advantage of stiffening the panels so I didn't need any interfacing - just the outer and the lining layers.
Here they are, all finished.
They are made exactly the same way as the boxy darted pouches here, except I added a carrying strap across one end.
The lining was oilcloth.
I remember now why oilcloth isn't very fun to work with as a lining - among other things, you can't hand-stitch an opening in an oilcloth seam - it's just icky. I had to open a seam in the main outer fabric instead, for turning everything right side out. Not the end of the world, except ladder-stitching laminated twill isn't that much more thrilling than oilcloth, either.
But! I told myself, the trade-off is No Bulk because there was no need for headliner or flex-foam or batting or whatever!
I love the outcome - personalized, but not embroidered-name-on-the-side personalized, a la Land's End catalog sample;
Excessively, extravagantly, indulgently personalized.
Thanks for the scrumptious fabric, Jen! I finally used it, albeit 5 years late. See you soon!