Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 10 of 2012

It's been fun for me over the last year to watch which of my crafts and projects have been the most popular. I thought I'd share the Top 10 of 2012 before we ring in the new year.


  1. "Thank You for Helping Me Grow" Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  2. Felt Christmas Tree
  3. DIY Baby Instruments
  4. Owl Quilt Top
  5. Tutorial: Very Hungry Caterpillar Invitations
  6. Tutorial: Very Hungry Caterpillar Bug Jars
  7. Christmas Wreath with Initial
  8. ABC Quilt
  9. Valentine's Day Advent Calendar
  10. Quilted Checkbook Cover
I can't wait to see what 2013 will hold for craftiness here at Olive's Originals!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Small Zipper Wristlet

I had to make a zipper pouch for the January swap for the Modern Quilt Guild, and I decided I would make two. I made this pretty little zipper wristlet for a friend of mine for Christmas. I just love the colors and the metallic in the fabric. I found the tutorial for this pouch on Pinterest, and you can see it here.

I bought the fabric in bundles at Hobby Lobby. I don't usually buy fabric this way, but I wanted 12 different fabrics that coordinated, and I had a coupon. When I saw these prints, I knew my friend would like them too. The jelly roll came with 10 prints. I had the black with white polka dot in the center and I bought a 1/4 yard of the black and white paisley (top right corner). I also bought another bundle of larger pieces of coordinating fabric for the lining and pockets inside.

I will definitely make this pattern again. They make such cute gifts (I'm thinking teacher gifts at the end of this school year). But next time I won't trim the quilted portion until I finish the lining, and I will trim them together to make sure they are exactly the same size. My quilted side turned out quite a bit smaller than the lining because the fabric pulled up during quilting. Also, I will shorten the strap about a 1/2 inch. I accidentally sewed the end of the strap into the seam on the opposite side BOTH times I made this pouch.

I really liked the instructions she provided for sewing a zipper. This was my first attempt at a zipper, and following her instructions worked like a charm! I'm not scared of them any more!
I added the charm to this one because my friend really likes peacocks, and I thought it gave it a little something extra.

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