Happy new year, friends!

This year, my Christmas gift project was monogrammed zipper pouches. Working assembly-line fashion, I completed groups of 3 or 4 bags at a time.



Of course, you don’t have to add monograms, but I had a lot of fun playing with the monogram features of my Elna 860.


And while my choices tended toward smaller prints, I made some solid bags, too. For some, I combined prints and solids.

Simple tutorials abound online, and you may choose any size you want. I really like the shape used in this tutorial. Depending on how much fabric I had,  the bags ranged from 5 x 4 to 8 x 6. I made some key fobs, too. After experimenting with different interfacing, I found I liked fusible fleece best. As always, you’ll figure out what works for you–there’s no wrong choice.


I made 22 bags as gifts, and they were a huge hit. Now, I just have to figure out what to do for Christmas 2017!




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