Wait. Wasn't it just yesterday I was in my first year in college? But if I'm still 18, how can she be....??? Dang. Reality bites my friend.
Anywho, as her goodbye party drew near, I wondered what I could give her that was both practical and thoughtful?
I pondered on what things I found I needed once I had flown the nest.
And of all things that came to mind? Tools. After all, a girl's gotta be prepared to deal with whatever comes her way.
Tools for our college student:
Small hammer, retractable tape measure, flashlight, tacky putty & nails to hang pictures, pliers, and screwdrivers (flathead and phillips). I didn't have one, but an Allen wrench may also come in handy for cheap college furniture assembly.
Assembling the Zipper Pouch with Lining and Slip Pockets
Now for the tool bag. The last thing I wanted was to give my niece a big bulky tool pouch to stuff in her over-stuffed car, so I measured the biggest item I had and created an economy sized pattern.
For this lined zipper pouch I cut a piece for slip pockets, two lining pieces, and made the outside two-toned using heavy weight cream and black cotton fabric.
The slip pockets easily fit the tacky putty and flashlight for quick access. I'll be sharing a quick tip on adding slip pockets to your lining, in a future post.
To create the two-toned zipper pouch front, I sewed the two-colored pieces right sides together,
ironed the seams down and top stitched with corresponding thread.
I referred to the fabulous How to make a lined zippered pouch tutorial from Skip to my Lou. She has a great tutorial showing the sandwich technique for putting linings, zipper and outer layer together.
Here's the finished lined zipper tool pouch - front and back
|Lined Zipper Tool Pouch Front|
|Lined Zipper Tool Pouch Back|
The zipper pouch lining turned out nicely - the slip pockets help with separation and storage.
|Lined Zipper Tool Pouch Inside slip pockets|
A relief to see that it all still fit after assembly! hahaha
Okay, so I'm a little fanatical, but I added a little cover for the claw of the hammer. I didn't want my niece to stick her hand in the tool bag and scratch herself. That's what good Aunt's do.
My nephew was pretty impressed I fit all those tools inside such a small bag. My point exactly.
All zipped up, full of tools and ready to head off to college with her. If only there was room for one more thing in there...ME! We're all going to miss her but are so excited for her new adventure!♥
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