Thursday, November 8, 2012

Easy Zippy Pouch

This little sewing project was a failure, of sorts. I made it following another little tutorial by Erin Erickson. It's "easy" because the raw edges on the inside are finished with a serger or zigzag stitch, rather than tucked invisibly inside a lining. It was simple. It was fast. But when I finished it and turned it right side out, it didn't look like I thought it was going to!

The zipper pull and tab were on the right instead of the left side, plus the design was not how I'd planned it to look! I'd wanted the yellow flower (below) to be partly on the front and partly on the back of the pouch. That way the brown of the zipper would've had something to coordinate with.

Oops! It didn't take too long to figure out what I did wrong (besides doing it in too much of a hurry, right before Courtney arrived), when I sat and thought about it a bit. I sewed it together right, but because it was inside out, I didn't see that I'd moved the zipper down from the top on the wrong side before sewing the side seams. That might not make sense to you unless you've sewed one, but take my word for it. ;)

Looking at it now, though, I still like how it turned out. I think Courtney liked it, too, as it contained her tiny dolly apron, plus she can use it for lots of other things.

Did you notice her red knuckles? She has pretty sensitive skin, it seems, and since school started, she's had very chapped skin from all the hand washing. She now even has her own soap and cloth towel at school, which has helped, but her hands are still somewhat dry and chapped. Mommy's tried a lot of lotions, etc., but so far nothing's cleared them up completely. If anybody has any great remedies or suggestions for something to use on them, shout it out, please!


The Luedtke Family said...

If she will accept it, slather her hands with lanolin or vaseline at night, sleep with socks on, and in the morning, hands should be super soft. I love lanolin (discovered from my nursing days)! A nurse told me that she uses lanolin for everything. I have used it for super chapped lips, chapped hands, facial blemishes, sores, etc. Vaseline works well, too.

Also, Neutrogena hand cream - the norwegian formula is so wonderful.

My hands get so dry in the winter, it is very uncomfortable.

Also, school paper products are quite rough. Perhaps tell her not to wipe her hands rough, but rather dab her hands with the paper towels to dry them. Ask the teacher if there is a lotion bottle in the room that she could use once a day?

Hope something helps those little hands feel better!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Becky, for your great suggestions. Unfortunately, most of them have been tried already. They do the Vaseline thing... I don't know if they've tried lanolin.

They've tried different products, but I don't know if Neutrogena is one of them. I used to have some of that here. Does it still smell weird? :)

As I mentioned, she has her own cloth towel at school to use instead of the paper ones, along with her own soap. She has her own lotion, too, although I'm not sure if she's very consistent about using it. ;) Even the school nurse has seen her hands and offered suggestions, but the dryness continues. Courtney doesn't seem to mind it that much, at least when she's here. But her hands bother Grandma. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've got the same problem, and the one thing that works pretty well for me is the "Helping Hands" lotion from Lush (they sell online in the US,

Might be worth a try.


Grandma G said...

Welcome to my blog, Wibke! Thanks for the suggestion... I will check that out!