A Puzzle To Sew

I have always liked puzzles.  Before I had a computer I enjoyed the paper and pencil puzzles in Games Magazine, and especially looked forward to the cartoon rebus contests.  I spent hours trying to get them all, but usually one or two would stump me.

I’ve played various computer games, and especially enjoy Strike a Match and Know it All on Boxerjam.    I love the Scrabble-like app on my tablet, and try my hand at the Sunday newspaper crossword.

So when I saw this Zip-Itself Tetrahedron Coin Purse tutorial on Craft Passion I was intrigued. Could I figure it out?  I cut a length of 5/8 inch ribbon, found a 22 inch zipper, a scrap for lining, a needle and thread, and began.

I didn’t have a 20 inch zipper called for in the tutorial so I used a 22 inch zipper, but I didn’t think to also increase the length of the ribbon. The hand sewing was awkward around the zipper turns, but I got it to zip up into a rectangle.  Then I tried to shape it, and figure out  how it closes.  I looked at the diagram but it just wasn’t clicking in my mind.

I came back to it the next day and realized that the long end of the zipper has to make another turn around then intersect the short end where the marking is for the hanging loop.  It worked! I carefully stitched in the lining to finish.

Mine is a little lopsided.  Can you see my mistake?

Solved! I will have to buy some more long zippers so I can try it with other ribbons.

5 thoughts on “A Puzzle To Sew

  1. Aris Constantini

    I hope you’re still monitoring this thread, as I do have a question for you. I’m sorry I’m not a “stitcher”, but I too love the Rebus puzzles, and was wondering which issue of GAMES magazine that is that has the Rebus puzzles in the image above? I want to purchase some back issues of GAMES magazine that have Rebus puzzles in them, and if you can actually help me out with letting me know of any issues that have them, I would be forever grateful.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Stitch It Again Post author

      Hi, Aris. I didn’t know you could get back issues! Is this from the publisher or eBay? I am a saver so I will take a look at what I can find and get back to you. The rebus puzzles were challenging; I was usually stumped by a few of them.

      1. Aris Constantini

        Hi Lisa,

        Thanks very much for the quick response! 🙂

        You can definitely purchase back issues from GAMES Magazine (Now called World Of Puzzles) through their site, but, they only go back about 2.5 years. 😦 (see link below).

        It would indeed be ebay that I would be searching for whichever issues you’re able to find for me. In speaking with a friend, we believe the issues in your image are from 1992 and 1993, and the one that is opened to the Rebus puzzles, is April. So if we’re correct, it should be April 1992 or 1993. 🙂

        Thanks again! 🙂



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