Key Fobs & Zipper Pulls

So I made another diaper bag for a lady who wanted a key fob.

Diaper Bag

Fabric is Robert Kauffman’s Iota which is really nice to work with.

Diaper Bag

Yep, that’s my chubby hand. :o)

When I made the key fob it made me think of my store-bought purse that I’ve been carrying around for months without a zipper pull.  It’s a shame that I’ve been pinching that itty bitty ring to open and close my purse for so long.  So I grabbed a scrap and made a zipper pull.  Then I noticed that the strap was breaking so I replaced the strap.  A little pink, I thought, would spruce this purse right up.

So I carried it to ballet class tonight and this is how the conversation with my ballet buddy went to the best of my memory:

Buddy:  What did you do to your purse?

Me:  My zipper pull fell off and my strap was breaking so I replaced them.  Don’t you like it?

Buddy:  Well, it doesn’t really go.  What do you think, Jen?

Jen (ballet instructor):  I don’t really like it.

Me:  But I could have just thrown the purse out because the strap was breaking, but I didn’t.  I added a splash of pink.  And I like it.  In fact, I think I’m going to post about it.

BuddyNo you’re not, are you?

Me:  Oh yes I am!

zipper pull

Okay, so maybe it’s not the best combo or my proudest piece.  And I appreciate honesty, I really do.  But I always tell my kids, “You need to be a man of your word.”  So since I said I’d post it, I gotta do it.  So ballet buddy, here you go. :o)

14 Responses to “Key Fobs & Zipper Pulls”

  1. 1 Julie D May 23, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Looks fabulous to me!

  2. 2 Mindy May 23, 2008 at 6:20 am

    You get a million points for reusing and recycling!!

    I am in love with the diaper bag! Where were bags like that when I had babies???

  3. 3 Vicki W May 23, 2008 at 7:12 am

    It’s always important to keep to your promise! Good for you for re-making it to be better for YOU.

  4. 4 Ali May 23, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I have one of those pesky broken zipper pulls on Johnny’s coat. To my shame, he outgrew it before I sewed a replacement. Good on you for fixing yours.

  5. 5 randomrevelations May 23, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I think that your buddy would have to commend you for recycling. What does she know? She sounds like a real piece of work! If I run into her I’ll give her a piece of my mind! Way to stand strong. You go on with your bad self!!

  6. 6 randomrevelations May 23, 2008 at 9:31 am

    And any idea where these quilt things came from?

  7. 7 Katie May 23, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I like the idea of the strap and zipper pull! I think you were a smarty for thinking of it.

  8. 8 fromthenarrows May 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Love the fabric on the strap and zipper pull, but I agree, it doesn’t quite go with the purse.

  9. 9 Heather May 23, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Good for you to re-use your at least you know it will work, so maybe you can find a fabric you like a bit better. I personally think it’s fine, but I also let my kids dress themselves (3 and 5) and kind of like some of the non-matching outfits – so maybe my taste is going!

  10. 10 Barb (aka Craft Junkie) May 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and throw a splash of pink in somewhere…I think it’s awesome. You can tell your ballet buddy I said so, too. LOL

  11. 11 Turtlemoss May 25, 2008 at 1:31 am

    With all the purses and bags we make….and we never use one ourselves! I’m in the same boat! I say we all ditch our store purses and use our own 🙂 Yours is half way there!!

  12. 12 Cindi May 25, 2008 at 9:22 am

    pink and green go with anything, don’t they know that? I frankly give you two thums up.

  13. 13 Hilari May 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Well I think it’s lovely!

  14. 14 Niki May 28, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I’d love to have you join us quilters on my new quilt blog. Get listed!
    Hope to see you over there. And spread the word, our goal is 200 by the end of 2008! hugs!
    niki xoxo

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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