Lockdown has proved to be a busy time for us: whilst my mother-in-law moved in and has been a huge support in home-schooling the girls and Joshua-wrangling, work hasn't let up - no furlough for me! I've worked on a few bigger projects during this time, but I have mostly been ddrawn to either hand-sewing on the sofa whilst watching Vera and Death in Paradise, or smaller projects for quick finishes. Pouches definitely tick that box!
I've made a fair few retreat pouches - these are made using a free pattern by @emmalinebags and are slightly different from a regular zippy pouch because you create a channel just under the zip and add wire frames. And it totally transforms the pouch into something amazing. I've made two large and two small ones so far - here is one of the large ones - a foundation pieced pair of scissors on one side (pattern by @quietplay) and some lovely Tula Pink fabric on the back.
And here's one of the smaller one - made with Liberty and hand quilted.
Both were made as gifts. But I did make a second small one which I've kept!
I've adapted the Hello Friend pattern which I showed you in my previous post and sewed it up at 50% scale for the front of another pouch - backed with a fabulous painters palette print which I picked up from Lovely Jubbly Fabrics
A few months, @CloudTori made a beautiful little pouch using cross stitch style blocks from a pattern by Fabric Mutt. I shamelessly copied it, using a lovely blue and green print for my starting point - and the reverse of the pouch. I sent this one down to my Mum earlier in the year.
Did you happen to see the Zip Around Pouch sew along over on Instagram? The pattern is by @elizabew and I got sucked in - I even broke out some Liberty fabric. This pouch was fun to make because the construction was totally different to the normal pouches I make. I can see so much potential with different sizes and both girls have requested one. For now, this one houses my headphone.
If I need a pouch in a hurry, my go to pattern is the Noodle Head Open Wide Pouch. I've made three just in July: one as a birthday present - the girls' friend had a zoom birthday party - her mum dropped off ingredients and then everyone made pizza over zoom! It was such a great idea. I made a Flamingo pouch and filled it with pencils and a notebook for her.
And then the girls wanted new pouches for our summer road trip to Granny and Grandad's house last week: Jessica requested pink flowers...
And Mia loves zebras.
There are even a couple of other pouches which I will share in a separate post...