Wednesday, 1 June 2016

two favourite pouch patterns


I've been sewing a lot of small makes recently and I want to share two brilliant pouch patterns that are easy to sew, useful and great as gifts!


First is the Lola Zipper Pouch by Svetlana Sotak. I have made these before and it's such a clever design with well written instructions. I picked a fun Riley Blake glasses print for one and did a double sided version with Gramercy by Leah Duncan and a bird print (no idea what it is sorry!). I used metallic canvas by Cotton + Steel for the bottom and the gorgeous Petite Plus, Black and White by Cotton + Steel for the binding on both.

These makes were sent out to friends as happy mail this week!


The next pouch pattern is a new one by Laura, from an Instagram mini tutorial she did for the See It All Pouch. So fun and quick to make! These could get seriously addictive!!


Sewing with vinyl can be tricky but I had no problems making these. If you find your vinyl sticks to your machine foot then try using a piece of tissue paper between the plate and the vinyl and/or the vinyl and the foot, it tears out easily. 

Another tip is if you have creases in the vinyl, very carefully hold your iron over the crease (not on it) and give it a burst of steam. 


I like that you can see everything in these pouches. The tops are a little floppy compared to the vinyl so next time I think I will add some interfacing between the fabric. Check out #sewitallpouch to see all the gorgeous versions of this pattern.

It's also fun playing with zip colours and I love how these pop!


And in personal news, I'm so thrilled to finally have my braces off!! You can see my big grin in my new profile picture :)
Tomorrow is my Nan's 98th birthday and me and the kids are going out for lunch with her and my Dad, should be another good day!


20 comments:

  1. These look lovely. I've had the Lola pattern for ages and yet to do it. This is just the push I need. And having fallen in love wth using recycled denim I might just try and use that.

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    1. Oh that sounds fabulous! Happy making :)

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  2. Anyone is just gorgeous.Happy Birthday to your nana!!

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  3. Fun pouches! It's great to have a few patterns you can turn to over and over again. And YAY about the braces - congrats!!

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  4. Yay, so glad you like my Lola pouch. It's my favorite pouch to make and love seeing others enjoying it too. Happy birthday to your nana!

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  5. Purty! Congrats on the lovely gnashers too!

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  6. Don't you look cute...and young!!! The Lola pouch is my absolute favourite one too! It gives such a beautiful finish with that bound edge! Lucky recipients to have such a thoughtful, and young, friend!

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  7. Happy birthday to your Gran. The couches are great, I haven't tried sewing with vinyl but love that you can see everything so easily, no rummaging to find the thing hiding at the bottom.

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  8. Love the pouches!! I never made a see through purse/pouch before but I'm definitely going to make a few of these to give a gifts.

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    1. Aren't they great! So useful! Enjoy making them :)

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  9. Bunnies are my favorite. Tell Nan Happy Birthday:)

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  10. Hi Lucy! Happy Birthday to your Nan! and Congratulations about your brases, must feel great!
    Lola pouch is one of my favourites, too and you have picked just perfect fabrics! x Teje

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  11. The bird looks like the art of Geninne Zlatkis.

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    1. I hadn't seen her artwork and so just googled it. You are right! This was a fabric line called Alegria she did for Cloud9.

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  12. Darling pouches. I especially like the thread in the see through pouch. Would make great gifts!

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  13. I have been wanting to try out some vinyl. I think this is just the encouragement I needed to go for it. Your pouches look great! And I think that is a new picture of you on the sidebar - love it!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely recommend the tutorial, go for it! :)

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  14. I hope your nan had a lovely birthday! I'm delighted to be a recipient of one of those pouches. I LOVE all the fabric choices. But we all knew you had excellent taste in fabrics.

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  15. I think I may copy Lilac Cat Jenny and use some of my old jeans to make some Lola pouches!

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