Tuesday, 14 April 2015

tradition ~ le challenge ~ dresden lola pouch


It took me a moment to think about what I wanted to make for this month's theme but I hadn't yet made a dresden block and I really, really love them so the 'tradition' theme was a good excuse!


I picked some of my very favourite fabrics (most of which are scraps from my green tea and sweet beans quilt) and then realised I had no clue what I was doing. Luckily I had an Easy Dresden ruler (that I won from Lisa in 2012, about time I used it!!) and found this tutorial for using it, really easy!

I got to work, with little help from my lovely assistant - she reminds me of a flower fairy in this picture!


Then I made a circle to appliqué in the centre, I basically use this method - although I do a running stitch around the edge of the circle to baste it slightly before putting the foil on. It also helps hold the seam in place while you appliqué.


Then I had to do something with it! So I made a bag using the Lola pouch pattern by Svetlana. This is such a well written pattern with clear instructions and I adore being able to have a binding on a zip bag, it gives it such a gorgeous finish. She has directions for two sizes of the Lola pouch in the pattern, although my dresden was too big and not wanting to cut it off I just made the bag 4" taller. It's pretty big but all the better to fill with stationery ;) I will definitely sew more of these and am itching to make a matching small version!


Excuse the stray thread in the picture above and the fact I haven't rinsed off the blue pen from my embroidery below! This is making and blogging with three kids around ;) Actually it was the kids watching Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium that inspired me to add this quote from the film. An excellent quote and nice reminder. I really enjoyed the film too!


I used Joy Mesh, Gossamer by Sharon Holland for the main fabric; 50wt Aurifil #2375 for the appliqué and quilting as it perfectly picks out a hint of pink; and the accent fabric / binding is Make Patches Shabby, Maker by AGF Studio. I used one strand of black embroidery thread for the quote and 12wt Aurifil #2214 for a bit of hand quilting on the centre circle. A pale green zip for a little pop of colour and I like that it adds to the retro feel.


I could not love my large Lola pouch more! I enjoyed making a traditional quilt block and creating something new with it.

Head over to Le Challenge to see what other people made based on the theme 'tradition'. If you have a finished project (all types of crafts welcome) that fits the theme and was made in the last month, come and link up for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!


Le Challenge


linking up with:

Fresh Poppy Design    Scraptastic Tuesday



24 comments:

  1. Really cute! Especially the flower fairy helper! The binding on the zip area is so interesting I don't think I have ever seen that before.

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  2. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing the technique for smooth circles -- I hadn't seen that before!

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  3. I love that pouch! I love the Dresden, but never tried it.. maybe for another le challenge! I am going to check out that pouch pattern!

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  4. Your flower fairy is SO cute! And the Dresden finishes that pouch off perfectly!

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  5. I love dresdens and your fabric choices are beautiful. Your cushion looks great but my favourite photo has to be the hat! Happy Sewing :)

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  6. Love, love your pouch! Dresdens are on my list as well...you have inspired me to try it sooner than I thought I would!

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  7. This is adorable:-). sonjamclane76@yahoo.com

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  8. gorgeous! i'd love to try my dresden ruler too one day. love that film too... lol x

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  9. Super cute dresden and I like the embroidered quilt as well.

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  10. Love it from top to bottom and front to back! And with a cheeky little face underneath it!

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  11. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

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  12. What an awesome pouch! I love the dresden plate block, and it is really perfect for this bag. The fabric choices look great!

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  13. Your Dresden is great! And I had never seen this foil method for making circles. I am going to try it! The few that I have done were a struggle!

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  14. Lovely pouch! Dresden blocks are one of my favorites and I, too, was surprised how easy it really is! Your daughter looks adorable as a flower fairy

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  15. What a pretty pouch and that cute pictures just made me smile! Sweet!

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  16. What a great little pouch! I love Dresdens and yours is very sweet.:)

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  17. This is the very inspiration I need to try making my own Dresden!

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  18. BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for the link to the pouch - just bought the pattern.

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  19. I love this!! Dresdens are so pretty, I really must make some myself! I just missed out on being able to link up to this months Le Challenge (I know I haven't linked up for a looooong time!) but as part of my sort-out-my-life plan I will be doing my very best to link up each month from now on - I have my 'wood' project all planned out! xx

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  20. such a sweet dresden and your little helper is definitely a flower fairy !! the pouch is super adorable !!

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  21. Love your dresdan plate on the bag, it is very beautiful.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  22. wow!!! this looks wonderful, love that addition of Dresden, so lovely.

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