Friday, September 17, 2010

Scrappy and Snappy ~ Part 4

Thanks for the comments and emails about the Scraptastic Projects so far. For those of you who've asked about a zipper tutorial to document my zippiphany, I'll get to work on that in the midst of a few other projects. It may take awhile but in the meantime you can enjoy a new obsession: snaps!

I made these little snappy pockets with some larger scraps, a minimal amount of thinking and very little time. Win, win, win. Speaking of larger scraps, you should know that I don't cut up ALL of my scraps for patchwork. Especially larger pieces that may be useful in other ways (linings for pouches, strips for piecing, etc.). For me, it's just a handy way to control some of the ever-growing scrap pile and it makes patchwork a breeze when the urge hits. Onward....

I am so loving these little pockets! I want to make a pocket for everything.

This one has an interior divider and can hold my two sets (1 1/4" and 1") of Jill's hexie templates.

Does anyone else love that orange lining? Every time I see it, it makes me happy.

Awwww, look at how cute and cozy the templates are.

This one holds our library cards and can easily be tossed into a book tote for a trip to our local library. It can also hold credit cards and I'm planning on making one that is sized for business cards.
The bird/dots fabric was raw edge appliqued onto the base for this one. The orange and green one above is made of three strips that are actually pieced together. Both have a layer of lightweight fusible fleece to give them some dimension and provide some reinforcement for the snap.

And this one also has a twill tape tag. Sometimes I just can't help myself.

If anyone is interested I can also do a quickie tutorial on making your own custom twill tape tags. Any takers?

So, if zippers aren't your thing or you just want to try something else then give snaps a go. They're fun and relatively easy. I got a plier tool thingy that can set snaps and small grommets (50% off at the craft store!) and then got those awesome pearl snap fasteners that you see on the pockets.

Tips and tricks: Take your time setting the snaps in the pliers. It's a little bit fiddly, but not too bad. Just trust me when I tell you that you will NOT be a happy camper if you spend your time making a cute pocket and then screw up putting in the snap because you didn't get the pliers set up quite right.

Have fun! And if you make any snappy pockets, I'd love to know about it!


  1. I'd really like to know how to make the twill tape tags!

  2. Another super cute one! I need to soak up more knowledge from you!

  3. Just found your blog and love it! And, I'd love to learn how to make the twill tape tags, please. :) ~Stephanie from Buttermilk Hill

  4. Yes for a tutorial! I love your cute ideas!

  5. Tutorial, yes! I love the way you included the cute little twill tape. These would make great stocking stuffers.

  6. Where have you been all my life?! I am so happy I found your blog! I soso wish you would do a tutorial on how to make these cute snappy pockets.


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