SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up

My friend Annie Unrein of started the #SewPINK Initiative, an online event focused on breast cancer awareness. Her goals are to encourage people to get their screenings and to donate to breast cancer research. This is our 3rd year participating, and we are only too happy to participate and to help support this worthy cause.

Here's what I came up with: an awareness ribbon Zip It Up organizer. Annie has so many wonderful sewing patterns, and it's so fun experiment with inserting our awareness ribbon block into her projects. I have to say it's pretty perfect on the front of this case!

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer by Sewfinity

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer by Sewfinity

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer by Sewfinity

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer by Sewfinity


To get the pattern piece for the body of the case, I made a patchwork panel including a 6.5" block of our free Awareness Ribbon foundation paper piecing pattern, then followed the instructions in Annie's Zip It Up sewing pattern to make the small case. Take a look at the pattern for all the required supplies, but I thought I’d call out a few:


I chose pinks from our Magenta 9 fat quarter bundle of Kona Cotton Solid fabrics: Honeysuckle for the ribbon, Sassy Pink for the background, Baby Pink for the interior, and a variety of pinks for the outer pocket. I used Kona Cotton Black for the accents.


I used Zippers by the Yard in black, which is basically a long length of zipper tape without any attached zipper pulls. Then I took a few colors of individual zipper pulls and slid them onto the zipper tape. I was worried about that process, but it was WAY easier than I thought it would be. I love this zipper option so much that I offer it for sale at Zippers By The Yard - Black Multi. Make sure you watch the quick video I made to learn how to attach the zipper pulls!


In my opinion, there’s no substitute for Soft and Stable [Amazon]. Nothing supports like it. It's what gives structure to this organizer, allowing it to be sturdy and supported. And it quilts like a dream (I used Aurifil 40wt thread in Dove and Medium Grey).

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For the front, starting with the 6.5" ribbon block, I attached a 2" x 6.5" strip to the bottom, 2.5" x 8" strips as left and right borders, then a 10.5" x 11.5" piece to the top. One fat quarter of Sassy Pink was just enough for the background, with some careful cutting. The "ribbon block background" pieces are all used to make the foundation-paper-pieced ribbon block. Here's the cutting layout I used:

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer cutting diagram by Sewfinity

For the outer pocket, I made 5-strip patchwork of 2.5" x 9" strips. I loved how the wavy quilting turned out on one of the monochrome Clam Up pouches I made, so I made that happen on this back pocket. It coordinates so nicely!

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer and matching Clam Up Pouch by Sewfinity

Here are my notes on piecing and quilting, in case you'd like to make one, too.  

SewPINK: Awareness Ribbon Zip It Up Organizer construction notes by Sewfinity


Want to see what I made in previous SewPINKs?

SewPINK Initiative


 Oct. 1 (Fri):Fat Quarter Shop - The Jolly Jabber

 Oct. 2 (Sat):Sallie Tomato

 Oct. 4 (Mon): Hugs ‘N Kisses

 Oct. 6 (Wed): Sewfinity (you are here!)

 Oct. 11 (Mon):Beyond the Reef

 Oct. 13 (Wed): Great Heron Thread Co.

 Oct. 15 (Fri): Love You Sew

 Oct. 15 (Fri): Emmaline Bags

 Oct. 16 (Sat): Meadow Mist Designs

 Oct. 18 (Mon): OklaRoots

 Oct. 20 (Wed): Suzn Quilts

 Oct. 22 (Fri): Knot and Thread Design

 Oct. 23 (Sat): Knot and Thread Design

 Oct. 25 (Mon): The Littlest Thistle

 Oct. 27 (Thur): Mister Domestic

 Oct. 27 (Wed): Sookie Sews 

The #SewPink Initiative was created by LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer throughout the year. Our efforts culminate in an annual blog hop during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to promote self-care, awareness, early detection and support for those affected by breast cancer. 

To learn more and see the calendar of events visit:
To find screenings available near you: 

In addition to participating in the #SewPINK Initiative, Fat Quarter Shop invites you to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the goal of raising $10,000. To find the fundraiser, visit: 

To learn more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit:

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Thank you for your post with ByAnnie Sew Pink. I love your colors. Thank you also for the instructions to do what you did. You did an amazing job! Thank you again!

Shannon K Denbow

Love the colors you picked!


Loving that organizer…I wish I had that much skill to make…I’m just now starting out quilting…

Jacqueline Beatty

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