This is such a newbie question but how do you sew it at the ends?
Not a newbie question at all! I figured it out from looking at my old pencil case. ^^ Basically you form a kind of I or H (on its side) shape with the edge of the zippers, by pushing the sides in, and then press the top and bottom together. When you sew a straight line across and turn inside out, it'll look like an X! (Lemme know if it's confusing and I'll try and take pictures with regular fabric or something.)
Okay, so where did you find zippers for $0.20 each?! I'd like to try this, but the zippers I get at my local Joann's are about $1.70 each, and that would be a pretty pricey DIY pencil case!
BTW, great job - looks really fun!
Hehe, they're not even $0.20, they're RM0.20 which would uh, about third of US$0.20. ^^; And I didn't even buy them in bulk (I found out afterwards that even our supermarket here sells zippers in bulk -- a dozen for RM1.40 ), I chose the zippers one-by-one, from a local craft store. I think it's coz most zippers are from China and since I'm in Malaysia, the delivery costs would probably be much less. (Stuff from China has always been pretty cheap.)
All things aside, I've heard that ebay's really good for getting stuff like this cheaply. I guess they tend to come in huge amounts, though. And also swaps! I'd be happy to swap stuff that's cheap here with stuff that I can't get here!
Of course not! Make all the zipper cases you want! It's not my original idea at all, I'm pretty sure I've seen a zipper case in RL once (though it was not as colourful ), and there are those single-zipper bags that open out to become ... just a long strip of zipper! XD
Oh, and I used 8-inch zippers for mine, so a little longer would probably be good, to avoid breaking needles.
So this isn't the most original idea ever, making a case out of just zippers, but I happen to have an obsession with colourful rainbowy things, and I needed a new pencil case, so here:
I sewed on white cotton tape in between each zipper before sewing them together, 'cause I think borders look nice. A couple of things I would change if I did this again would be:
Use an even number of zippers. Because I alternated the zipper directions, but forgot that if there was an odd number of it, there'll be two zippers in the same direction next to each other. (Red and blue in this case. [pun not intended])
Sew the end seams a little more neatly. (I broke a couple of needles 'cause they hit the zipper ends. Should've bought slightly longer zippers so I could sew through the part before the metal zipper end, and have the case still fit my pens.)
Add a hanging loop/strap at one end so I can hold on to the case without grabbing it in the middle. No big deal though, I could add a keychain or something on any one of the seven zippers
Total cost for the whole case: RM1.60, which is about US$0.50. (Zippers were RM0.20 each, and the white tape came in an RM1 roll, and I only used a little bit of it.)
Haha, when I came across the first picture in Hot New Topics, I was like, "heeeyyy, felt wallet! =D" and I'm honoured that it was inspired from my crazy rainbow wallet. ^__^ ('Cause before I sewed mine, I did search around for felt wallets but there were hardly any results.)
The ribbon weaving looks fantastic, kind of like one of our traditional woven mats around here. I think the wallet will hold up better than mine because of the ribbon, and not 100% felt.
P.S. I have stitches showing in the cash compartment too! ^^; I think it's difficult to avoid, even with two layers of felt you'll probably have to glue them together if you don't want stitches showing.
Hahaha, so awesome. They look professional too, with the little copyright and everything on the back.
One tiny microscopic thing -- I think it's usually spelled Valentine's Day (like how you did in this thread's title), so ... is that card in the shot missing an apostrophe? ^^; (Just wondering, and sorry I'm so picky! It's no big deal anyways. )
That is SO cool. I've made a (much smaller) model tree out of wire before, leafless though, and it was fun. (And painful.) My suggestions would be ... maybe to add different-sized leaves? Or patterned leaves made from scrap wallpaper or something. Variety creates attention!