Here is a great sewing project for the weekend ahead. A zipper pouch that can made in any size and colour, and that can be used for a lot of different things. Here is a tutorial for two different sizes, the make up bag measures 8 1/2″ x 6″ and the coin purse 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ when finished.
In May last year made a tutorial and a post on how to make a bag similar to Hermione Grangers beaded bag. The reason I made the bag was for my daughter’s costume for Oz Comic-Con and as I said in the previous post, this is my version and not a replica. About two weeks ago I was asked to make an inside pocket for the bag and now I have made a tutorial for two types of pockets.
Since it is a drawstring bag with quite thick materials, lace and beads, it isn’t really an option to just sew a pocket on the lining, which would be very easy to do if it was a tote bag. So instead I made two different pouches with an elastic loop that can be buttoned on to a big button that is stitched in to the lining of the bag. The pouches I made are suitable for a small phone, but the size can be easily be adjusted as desired. If you want a much bigger pocket you should consider making a bigger bag. A too big pocket will change the shape of the bag when it is closed.
You can find the tutorial here and on my tutorials page.
I wanted to make something that I can use for Easter and also for spring since I live in the southern hemisphere. I made this piece using scraps from my ever-growing stash of cotton fabrics. It is a lot of fun just to dig through my fabrics and decide what to use for a new project. Of course fabric shopping is fun, but it is very satisfying to find new combinations and make a new project from fabrics that I already have.
There are lots of half square triangles in this project, which makes it very beginner friendly. I have used three different small print pink colours and a yellow stripe for tulips and pinwheels. For leaves and stems, I used two green colours, one small print and one solid. The background is scraps of tone on tone white prints and for binding I used one of the pink colours.
I quilted the wall hanging with straight lines in different directions because it is easy to do and it looks good.
I also like to put some effort into making a quilt label, to make the project my own. On the back of this quilt I used my sewing machine for my initials and year and then I appliquéd an egg shape next to the text. I really enjoy experimenting with quilt labels so much, I could probably do a blog post on that topic alone.
Are you sewing anything for Easter this year? If you would like more inspiration you can have a look here and here. Until next time, happy sewing and take care!