My version of the Noodlehead zip bag – Gold Kitties

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I am going to visit my friend Ann, and I thought she needed a cute little gift.  I have made a lot of zip bags, but I had not tried the Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead.  I figured this was a great time to try it out.  And I have to say I think this is my new favorite zipper bag.  The design is super easy to sew and the zipper is even easier!  If you have not tried making one, it is time you did.  She has a great tutorial with lots of pictures on her blog.

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I started out with this adorable japanese kitty head fabric that I picked up at Quiltcon.  The gold kitties are nice and I simply love the bow ties.  It is called Trefle by Kokka Fabric.  I used a quarter yard for two small zip bags.

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I got this perfectly matching fat quarter in my Quiltcon goodie bag, it was the perfect size for two bag linings.

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I had some vintage coral cotton that matched and I gathered up the rest of my materials.

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I really wanted my bag to have some quilting, so I quilted it.  I just made a sandwich of muslin, batting and the outside of the bag and started quilting some straight lines.

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I used straight lines about 1/4 inch apart for the top of the bag.

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Then I quilted the base of the bag about an inch apart using my trusty walking foot.

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I should have gotten a few more pictures for you of the zipper.  You don’t include it in the side seams, so the bag can literally open wide.  A little pinning and measuring and you just sew a straight seam right through it.  This picture shows me turning it right side out just before I tuck the lining inside.

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Here is what it looks like WIDE OPEN.  So versatile.

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Two super cute bags, one for me and one for Ann.

It is a perfect girlfriend gift.  I am filling it with small samples of lotions and lip balm.  Hope she likes it.

Have you made one of these wide open zip bags?  What do you use it for?

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