Slice & Stitch Challenge: Eliane Bergmann

While it’s already nearing the end of January, we still have to say a big Happy New Year! This is our very first installment of Slice & Stitch for 2020 and we’re incredibly thrilled to be continuing this amazing partnership with our friends at OLFA.

We’ll publish a new Slice & Stitch post every other month, starting today. With each new installment, one Aurifil Artisan + one OLFA Ambassador will receive the same products with the challenge to make one new project to share with all of you. The twist this year is that we’re sending everyone the Aurifil Color Builders. Since there are only 6 Slice & Stitch posts and 12 Colors Builders, we’ll be featuring 2 Color Builder sets per month. The Aurifil Artisan will receive one and the OLFA Ambassador the other. In addition, our friends at Michael Miller Fabrics have graciously provided coordinating fabric solids from their Cotton Couture line.

So, without further pause… let’s dive in!

Eliane Bergmann AND Sarah Gozzo

OLFA: Splash 45mm Ergonomic Handle Rotary Cutter, Pacific Blue
AURIFIL: Milan Color Builder (Eliane) & Pompeii Color Builder (Sarah)
MICHAEL MILLER: Cotton Couture Solids in Moon, Ozone, Pewter (Eliane) &  Coral, Paprika, Brick (Sarah)

Eliane of Patchwork & Poodles and Sarah of princess_ina_pouch hit this one out of the park! We are smitten with both of their projects and just know that you’ll love making them. We’re excited to showcase Eliane’s full project here and make sure to click through at the end of this post to check out Sarah’s project. Enjoy a bit of color inspiration!

I’m so pleased to be participating in Aurifil’s Slice & Stitch Challenge! I received Aurifil’s color builder box in Milan Grey and Olfa’s Ergonomic rotary cutter with specialty blades. These blades make fun wavy cuts! The beginning of a new year always brings a flurry of organizational tendencies, so what better project than a trio of zipper pouches to keep all those little notions together!

I wanted to highlight what the Olfa specialty blades could do, so I decided to add some wool felt accents to my zipper pouches. And I put together a fun tutorial for you to be able to make some too!

This tutorial is for a zipper pouch that finishes at 5′′ W x 3.75′′ H Supplies:

  • Main Fabric: (2) 5.5′′ x 4.25′′ and (1) 2′′ square (I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids in Moon)
  • Lining: (2) 5.5′′ x 4.25′′ (I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids in Ozone)
  • Fusible fleece: (2) 5.5′′ x 4.25′′
  • (1) 4′′ zipper
  • Wool felt scraps at least 4.25′′ tall
  • Aurifil Color Builder box in Milan Grey
  • Olfa Ergonomic Cutter with Specialty blades

1. Prep your zipper by pressing the 2′′ square of fabric in half, then press both halves towards the center. Your piece should now measure 0.5′′ x 2′′. Sew at the bottom of the zipper then trim to be even with the zipper tape. Fold back the top zipper tape at an angle and sew a few basting stitches to keep it in place.

2. Using the rotary cutter with specialty blades, cut the wool felt into strips. I used the Wave blade for the green felt, the Pinking blade for the yellow felt, and the Scallop blade for the purple.

3. Fuse the fleece to the back of the main fabric pieces. Then sew the felt pieces on top of the main fabric, keeping them at least 0.5′′ away from the left and right edges. I used Aurifil 2600 to stitch them in place.
4. On the top edge of the front main piece, position the zipper 0.5′′ away from the edges and baste in place with a 1/8′′ seam allowance.

5. Position the lining fabric on top of the zipper and sew in place with 1/4′′ seam allowance.

6. Fold both the exterior and the lining fabric out of the way, and baste the remaining zipper edge to the second main fabric piece, right sides together, with 1/8′′ seam allowance.

7. Position the remaining lining piece on top of the zipper and sew in place with 1/4′′ seam allowance.

8. Press all fabrics away from the zipper, and topstitch on both sides of the zipper.

9. Open the zipper. Place both main fabrics right sides together and both lining fabrics right sides together, and stitch all the way around, keeping a 3′′ opening on the bottom of the lining fabric.

10. Turn entire bag right side out through the opening you left in the lining, and sew the lining shut. And there you are, a fun zipper pouch perfect for containing all the little things!

This was such a fun project, I see many more little zipper pouches in my future! Thank you to Aurifil, Olfa, and Michael Miller for providing me with the fabric, thread, and tools to make this project possible!


To enter to win

click HERE. You do not have to complete all of the entries, but the more you do, the greater your chance of winning! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, worldwide. Entries will be accepted between now and 11:59pm on Thursday, February 6th. Winner will be contacted via email. Good luck!

Head on over to OLFA’s blog to check out Sarah’s (princess_ina_pouch) project and don’t miss our next Slice & Stitch Challenge for 2020 coming up in March!


Eliane is a quilt pattern designer and avid modern quilter. Her brand, Patchwork & Poodles, embodies the two things she loves the most. Her miniature poodle, Riley, plays a critical role in quality control and is a professional snoozler. When not quilting, Eliane is usually exploring her home state of Wisconsin with her husband Jason. Find her online via her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and shop!


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