Saturday, February 6, 2010

Inspired by Smiggle

I meant to post this just after Christmas, but I was busy being unwell. I do wonder just how long I can use Recovering-From-Pneumonia as an excuse? (I think my current appearance of rude health means that I'm probably pushing it a bit!)

Anyway, Georgia is a big fan of Smiggle (funky stationery shop) and on a quest for small fun things with which to fill her stocking I spotted pencil cases made by spiralling a single zip. Naturally I figured "I could MAKE that!" so I did. I have a bunch of zips from Tamahine's closing down sale (oh how I miss their sales) so put half each of a green one and red one together for this.

Construction is simple, but a bit fiddly. I spiralled the zip into a tube and pinned it, then unzipped it and sewed along the now straight zips.

A couple of end caps hand sewn on (no way was I even TRYING to manoeuvre that under the presser foot!) and it was done.

Unzipped it looks like this:
And zipped it looks like this:
It would have been a better surprise had Georgia not seen the photos on the camera before Christmas, but she loves it anyway. I'm going to buy some zip by the metre from Spotlight so I can make her one long enough for an actual pencil case.

In other news, I went to Miracle this week for more nappy liners, and found I've sold three more things! Two bubble dresses, which seem to be a really good seller, and something else. I was so excited that I forgot to check exactly which things went for my own records. Can you tell I'm very new at this? Time to replenish the stock and work on my new designs...


  1. That is way cool! My brain is having a hard time wrapping around it. Awesome!

  2. Congratulations on your sales! So glad you are feeling better! I love the pencil case, really cute. You need to do a tute for all of us that are scratching our heads and feeling confused!

  3. I can't quite wrap my head around that, but it is totally cool! I liked the photos of the bubble dresses myself, so i'm not surprised those are good sellers.

  4. oh that's really clever - I had no idea what you were talking about until the end photo!

  5. Thats awesome! I love smiggle so I find stuff like this heaps mad!