Friday, 24 April 2015

my lovely Anna pouch

I was lucky enough to be able to test Svetlana's new pattern for this sweet Anna Pouch. I have already made her Lola pouch and I love how well the patterns are written and the lovely way of finishing the zips with binding.

The Anna Pouch has two zip compartments and a little magnetic flap fastener. The pattern uses sew in magnets but I didn't have any so I used the usual magnetic snap closures (where you cut a small hole and fold the metal bits). I reinforced the area where I put the magnets using an extra piece of fusible fleece. If you'd like to make the pattern using these kinds of magnets I will share where I placed them...

For the flap, I placed the magnet 3/8" from the centre fold and on the outer panel I placed it 1/2" from the top. That's measuring from the edge of the magnet not the centre, which makes it easier! 

Wonderclips were a big help in the construction, the pouch is only small so they stopped me pricking my fingers with pins!

The flap is a nice detail and because I used the folded magnetic closures I preferred to do one row of topstitching on the machine and then did a little hand quilting by hand using perle thread.

I found it hard to take pictures that do this little cutie justice, it really is such a pretty bag and the size is perfect for keeping lip balm or any extras you like to carry in your handbag. It would make a perfect gift or little extra in a swap too.

You can get the Anna pouch pattern here. It's usually $8 but if you're quick Svetlana has it on sale for $6 right now!

The outer fabric is Vintage Cheater Print in red by Atsuko Matsuyuma and the lining is Mirrors and Water, Gossamer by Sharon Holland. I get my zips here. The striped binding fabric and magnetic closure are from Patchfinders.

This is my second finish off my Q2 Finish-Along list (it was the number 1 secret project!) and I'm feeling good!

linking to:
at Things I Make this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts


  1. That's such a cute little pouch! The hand stitching on the closure is divine!

  2. This is so cute! I made one yesterday evening / this morning :-) (well, actually, it's not entirely finished, I saved hand sewing the binding for tonight) I used the regular kind of magnetic snap, too ~ I could've used your measurements! But I figured it out just fine :-) The snaps she used look awful purty, but I've got about 30 of the others, so I can't really justify buying more....
    Happy stitching ~ Tracy

  3. It is really cute with the fabrics you used :)

  4. Very cool, you are such a clever sewing artist!

  5. This looks really fun. I love making things like this, it would make a great present. x

  6. I'm really loving the cheater print you have used for this pouch! Very pretty! I have the Lola pattern, but have yet to try it out! Your #2 finish has inspired me.... ( I haven't forgotten about that snail mail- I have just been crazy busy! Hopefully next week!)

  7. The pouch looks great and the fabrics you chose are lovely. Thank you for linking up with me for TGIFF. :-)

  8. Such a sweet pouch and the fabric you have used is so cute!
    *Visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad*