Painted Fabric Pouch

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

It’s a Zipper Pouch Series and it’s all about fun fabric variations of the easy zipper pouch shared a few months ago.

There are times when the right fabric with the right design can’t be found or is too expensive or is hard to get. But don’t sweat it. Paint it! Painting fabric is an easy and inexpensive fix to a fabric dilemma and, can I say it? The painted fabric can be used to make darling zipper pouches.

It was difficult for me to narrow down the ideas I had for painting fabric. There were a number of directions I was thinking about. Here are a few I considered: famous art pieces, a series of flowers, colorful and cute animals (for my children), simple stripes and polka dots and found object prints, among other things. I chose a springy nautical route after revisiting this oar image on Pinterest. The good thing is whenever I do this again, I have plenty of ideas to pick from.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

I think the inside of the pouch is just as fun as the outside. When the zipper is undone, it’s such a fun treat to see the color and print inside.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

I learned another process tip sewing this set. Instead of sewing each pouch individually – one side of the zipper, then the other, top stitching around the zipper and then sewing up the whole thing – I prepped and did step one on all six pouches before moving on to the second step. I completed them all much quicker and it was an easy process. It was a bit like a one person assembly line but I’m all for being as efficient as possible.

Painted Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

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Cotton & Vinyl Pouch

Cotton and Vinyl Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

It’s a Zipper Pouch Series and it’s all about fun fabric variations of the easy zipper pouch shared a few months ago.

Instead of a cotton and vinyl pouch, I reeeeeally wanted the post title to be cotton and leather but I’m a chicken. I still consider myself a novice sewer and while I aspire to sew with leather, I feel like I need a bit more practice with non-cotton fabrics. The solution for me: vinyl. Now, vinyl can look leathery and maybe to the untrained, unsuspecting person, you can pass it off as leather but, in our heart of hearts, we know it’s not the same. Despite its non-leather status, these pouches look pretty chic.

The extra padding of the vinyl inspired me to make much needed cases for a few of our electronics. I also made myself a legit sunglasses case; I feel cool.

Cotton and Vinyl Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

After sewing these pouches, I feel more knowledgeable and a bit more practiced. So join me. Be brave and let’s do this.

Cotton and Vinyl Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

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Getting Healthy for Baby with Clorox® | this heart of mine

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you find the joy in making a mess.

Normally, we are a fairly healthy family. No big sicknesses, rare doctor visits, very few prescriptions. In fact, the nurses at our doctor’s office commented how they missed seeing us except for the yearly check ups. Well, this winter has really messed up our healthy streak. Lengthy illnesses, back-to-back infections, numerous doctor appointments on top of my increasingly frequent prenatal visits… It’s unfortunate the clinic doesn’t have a frequent visitor card. We’d definitely be in prize territory by now

Now at the end of my pregnancy, I worry a lot about bringing home Baby to our “winter of sickness.” As a mom, it’s one thing to be sick and miserable yourself, but it is ten times worse to watch your child suffer. And I don’t even want to think about our littlest family member having to grapple with anything we’ve experienced thus far. However, with two children in school environments, I know we are in an ongoing battle with the germs that could make us sick.

Getting Healthy for Baby with Clorox® | this heart of mine

While we wait these last few days before Baby arrives, I am in a heightened nesting mode. I may have threatened to toss all our belongings into a pile and burn it to the ground just to rid the house of our ongoing sicknesses. In my defense, last week I had an ear infection, conjunctivitis in both eyes and a cough. I couldn’t hear, smell or taste food – I think going a little crazy was totally justified.

I remember looking around the house one night while the children were sleeping and wondering where the sick germs were lurking. Our table? Their toys? The couch blankets? How I would be able to keep up with it all without following my children around and scrubbing down everything they touch? But then an easier route came to mind: Clorox® Regular-Bleach. It’s disinfecting power kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. 99.9%! While my sweeties slept, I wiped down surfaces and rinsed their favorite items in Clorox and felt good because I knew they were clean. I washed our bedding with a little Clorox® Regular-Bleach to make sure all the night-time coughs and germs were good and gone (plus it made my creamy sheets really bright!).

Getting Healthy for Baby with Clorox® | this heart of mine

While we anxiously await Baby, we are thankfully feeling better, in all ways possible. Okay. I am still uncomfortable. :) Sickness and germs are a part of life: Sweet J is not going to remember to sneeze into the crook of his arm every time, and those uncovered sneezes and coughs will continue to spread the yuckies from person to person to person. But life goes on. Babies and children (and adults) need to be snuggled and enjoyed, play needs to happen and I’m not going to miss those moments. Cleaning and disinfecting don’t have to be huge undertakings and there is no need for fire. Clorox makes it easier to clean and you can trust that things are really and thoroughly clean.

Living life: 1. Germs: 0.

This post is sponsored by Clorox. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of our sponsors.

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Printed Fabric Pouch

Printed Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

It’s a Zipper Pouch Series and it’s all about fun fabric variations of the easy zipper pouch shared a few months ago.

The printed fabric pouch idea was inspired initially by my children’s toys. I am constantly organizing them, trying to find the best way to corral them yet keep them available for play. I made vinyl bags last January and while Love Bug’s is still intact and in use, Sweet J’s was mauled beyond repair. We are currently interviewing suspects though we think it was an inside job. :) It’s great to be able to see what is in a bag, especially for children, but he and his toys needed something different. Since he’s not a reader yet, I thought a picture on the outside of the bag would help and that got me thinking about printing on fabric. So I Googled it. This Instructable’s tutorial explained everything and the printed fabric pouch was on its way.

Printing on fabric alone is mind blowing, at least for me. It’s another medium of creativity. But, did you know the printing can be permanent? Like make-it-through-the-wash permanent? Yeah. Awesome.

Printed Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

This idea was inspired by my children but I totally took it over and made things for myself. The pencil bag will go into my purse to keep the coloring tools I carry around for the children together. And the makeup bag, my fave, is in my to-go bag if this baby ever decides to come. It turned out so lovely and girly. I love looking at it.

Printed Fabric Pouch - Zipper Pouch Series | this heart of mine

But enough about me, let’s get to the steps!

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Lopsided Heart Print

Lopsided Heart Print with Walt Whitman quote | this heart of mine

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Do you have specific plans? We are keeping it simple. Heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast (perhaps red or pink hued) with family hang out for the rest of the day. I have little treat bags I’ve been hiding from my children and I can’t wait surprise them. Hope you have a wonderful day with your special people.

When I read this Walt Whitman quote, I felt inspired to make a print of it. I like the concept of his words. While lessons learned from the past are good to hold on to, there is a lot of not-so-good stuff we can and should let go. MJ and I have been together for 13+ years and honestly, it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t a main character in my life. I like it that way.

I love lopsided hearts. They are quirky and imperfect, just like real life. Hope you enjoy this one.

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