Friday, October 31, 2014

Q4 - Leather circles pouches

You saw the start of these pouches on Monday and today I share the finish.

Those were on my FAL Q4 list as I intend to link them up to Purse Palooza. Considering it's the last day of November  October I'm not doing very well with my list. This is finish 1/13.

I previously made them in grey. I made the corners round as it goes better with those circles.

I completed the pouch or I should say wristlet with matching zipper pull. You can find a tutorial on how to make those here.

If I'm undecided what to use for lining, I pick what I have on top :)

Linking up with TGIFF and Crazy mom quilts.

Finish Along 2014 

Monday, October 27, 2014

MM - pouches

Last Monday I said I would like to make tutorial for all those one exterior piece pouches I recently made. I published it yesterday and you can find it here.

I was wondering if I can make one of those with vinyl. So I tried it right away. Please meet the almost invisible pouch :)

I heard some people sort Lego by color. We don't really sort. We have everything in huge Ikea box which fits underneath the couch but those would look cool. Anyway this is gift and we are not keeping it.

Not bad for a trial.

Last night I made some progress with leather embellishment. The inspiration comes from this pouch. I previously made it in grey and you can spot those in my blog header.

You only need to make sure you fold all those circles the same way. Otherwise it doesn't look good.

On Friday I forgot to link up with Paper Piecing Party. Here is my one and only flake (No.2). It'll become cushion. I'm just trying to decide if I want to keep the hexagon shape or make it square. You can find new pattern - flake No.5 here. All of them are really pretty and I can see different sizes of those placed randomly on quilt top but paper piecing is just not my thing. I really like the blue background others are using even though blue is not my color and you hardly find any in my stash. Are you doing the Snowalong?

Linking up all over the place:

Hug-a-Bit Quilts   Sew Fresh Quilts WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tutorial: One exterior piece pouch

There are many tutorials how to make zippered pouch. Here is the Negligent style :)

You'll need one exterior piece either quilted or with regular iron on interfacing, one zipper and two lining pieces.

Measurements: A = 42cm, B = width of your zipper, mine was 22cm, C = A divided by 2 + seam allowance, 21+1= 22cm

Place your zipper teeth facing right side of your exterior piece and add lining wrong side facing up. Not pictured but right side of exterior and lining are facing each other.

Tip: If you are beginner in pouch making I'll recommend you use solid where there is no need to figure out wrong or right side.

Use your zipper foot to attach the zipper. I sew the zipper open. Once I get closer to the zipper pull, I'll lift the foot, slide the zipper pull out of the way and finish the last bit of zipper.

Place your second lining piece right side facing up, zipper teeth should face up as well and exterior piece is right sides together which means the wrong side is facing up. See the picture above.

I sew this side of zipper the same way. Sew it open, slide the zipper pull out of the way and finish.

This is optional step and I only do it if I will not topstitch the whole pouch once finished. I either topstitch or zigzag lining piece. Make sure you only sew on lining and zipper edge. This should be only visible inside the pouch.

I do that on both sides. Once again, make sure you do not sew over exterior piece!

This is what your piece should look like. Exterior piece if forming a loop and lining pieces are over lapping.

Important: Open up zipper before begging the pouch assembly! 

I prefer to make turning gap on the side. If you prefer to have it on bottom, make it on the bottom. Otherwise follow the red lines and sew the pieces together.

Box the corner on exterior piece. Make sure you have the seam in the middle. Mine was 8cm that means 4cm on the left side, 4cm on the right side. Also make sure that you make both corners the same size. Trim.

Box the corners on lining as well. Put a pin through the seams to make them face each other.

Use your ruler and mark the line. See 4cm to each side.

Once you finish, it should look like in picture above. Turn inside out through opening gap.

Close opening gap by machine or hand. Up to you.

Iron well and you are done!

There are many options for exterior piece. Make it out of selvedges, use FMQ piece or use other technique. The advantage of using one exterior piece is that you end up with no seam at the bottom.

You can also make the open wide zippered pouch with one exterior piece. Just use longer zipper and check out the different way of attaching zipper.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

BQF - hand quilted

Here is my second entry for the Blogger's quilt festival. I decided to go for hand quilted category. As some of you know this quilt was in progress for a long time. I finally finished it and there is some hand quilting included.

I quilted around each ballerina, house and pinwheel. You can read about the quilting here. The original post can be found here and some progress shots here.

There are 8 houses and 8 pinwheels as it was Bday gift for my 8 year old.

It is modified version of pattern by Elizabeth Hartman called Neighborhood.

Enjoy the festival!

Saturday, October 25, 2014


My fav category in Blogger's Quilt Festival is ROYGBIV. I'm sure you are not surprised by that.

That is one of the reasons I'm entering Paint Drips. You can find the original post here and some progress pics here.

The pattern comes from Quilter's Mixology. I made it smaller (50%) and added few more colors and curves in. It was quilted by my friend Monika and her quilting took it even step further. I just love her work. 

I'm happy to see it every day hanging in our hall. 

Enjoy the festival!