Okay this is not a big deal to most folks, but Holy Heck Hermione, its a watershed moment for me. I have only once before in my life installed (is that even the correct term?) a zipper and it did not go well. I’m pretty sure my high school Home-Economics teacher took it out and redid it for me. But this one I did all by myself!
Why is that so important? Because late last year, I signed up with other members of PEIMQG to do a “Pouch Swap” with the Victoria BC MQG. I did so with some serious trepidation because 1) I had never made an actual pouch before, and as mentioned above 2) Zippers freak me out! I cannot SEW!
Then last week I got an e-mail from the swap coordinator introducing me to my swap-partner and confirming deadlines etc. My swap buddy indicated she would like to have a smallish boxy pouch for carrying scissors, small Quilty tools etc. Yikes!!! I would Definitely have to do some research and quickly. And….I would have to go buy a couple zippers. True story, there is not one single zipper in my sewing room.
But first, I needed to see if there were any simple patterns for pouches out there. Good news, there are lots. After reading through a few and watching some videos I decided this pouch would be the one for me. There was a short video tutorial included with the Pinterest Pin, and it seemed like something I could handle.
According to the pattern, I was supposed to cut a rectangle of fabric, backing and batting and quilt it before beginning to sew the pouch.
Before I go any further, I have a question for you. Have you ever made a quilt that despite your best efforts, didn’t turn out like you hoped it would? I bet you do. I have several tucked away in a cupboard and every time I look at them I wish there was something “happy” I could do with them.
Specifically, a couple years ago I made a little quilt to showcase some Michael Miller fabrics that I fell in love with. This morning I remembered it was hidden away in my cupboard. I thought….why don’t I just cut a 15 x 15.5″ rectangle from that little quilt (because its already quilted after all…and I’m never going to do anything with it).
SO THAT’S WHAT I DID. I cut up a perfectly good quilt and used it to make the pouch. And I’m not even sorry I did it, because the pouch is so much cuter than the quilt was….AND, there is enough left over to make another one that I will actually share with my partner now that I’ve made a test pouch and know its doable.
Did you do something creative today?