Monday, November 25, 2013

Two Zip Hipster

I started this Two Zip Hipster while on retreat at Loon Lake, and was able to finally finish it today (hooray for flex days!)

2 zip front

Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk's pattern is extremely well-written with tons and tons of nice clear photos for visual makers like me. I followed her instructions exactly as written with the exception of using three different fabrics for the bag's exterior.

2 zip Collage

The cars and bikes are Echino, and the viewmasters are an older Melody Miller design for Kokka. All of the exterior fabrics are heavier cotton-linen blends and were marvelous to work with. The interior is Alexander Henry's Heath in a nice muted grey:

2 zip inner

It's very cute and a really nice size that's perfect for a wallet, phone, keys and maybe a notebook.

2 zip sitting

New techniques I learned: using slider hardware to make an adustable strap and inserting a recessed zipper.

Things I'll do differently next time I make this pattern: reverse the placement of the strap so that the slider lands on my back and not my front when it's slung on my right hip; use the same fabric for the front and back or at least choose ones that don't contrast so much; install an interior zip pocket.

2 zip front close

Overall, though, I'm really happy I made this bag, and I feel like I built some skills doing it. I also tested the limits of my sewing machine: top-stitching through multiple layers of bag fabric, plus interfacing, plus many layers of strap was slightly too much for ol' Jojo. But only slightly. All I had to do was go back to a single straight stitch from the triple stitch I'd been using and it was smooth sailing.


  1. nice bag!! looks like a really handy size too.

  2. Looks great - nice size for just going out when you don't want to haul around too much stuff.

  3. Love your bag. Fun colours! Thanks also for the tips and comments. It is always nice to know what works and what you would change.

  4. It's lovely, you picked the best fabrics for it.

  5. Love the fabrics you used - it looks fabulous!

  6. Mustard and plum. Doesn't get any better ; ) Looks fab

  7. Fabulous, Felicity! What a great way to show off all of those amazing Japanese prints.


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