Sewing Inspiration

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To get my sewing and pattern inspiration back, I decided to try someone else’s pattern and make something for me. Except for some mask sewing I haven’t really been sewing for the past six months. Mostly due to moving house in strict lockdown.

I came across The Harris Tote and Clutch Wallet on the new Craftsy. The pattern is from Spencer Ogg Sewing Patterns. It was a fairly easy pattern that I enjoyed making over two evenings.

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Big and Small Zipper Pouch

Big and Small Zipper Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern

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I have a new PDF Sewing Pattern in my Etsy Shop. It is called Big and Small Zipper Pouches. Zipper Pouches is very fun to sew and has so many uses. I think it is almost impossible to have too many of them. Very often it is enough to use leftover fabric scraps and zippers. They can also easily be made in to any size.

This pattern is, like my other patterns, an easy to follow tutorial style instructions with lots of photos. There is three files to download. One is with all the instructions, one is the pattern pieces for printing on letter sized paper and one is the pattern pieces for printing on A4 size paper. The files with the pattern pieces you have to print and cut out. Make sure the page scaling is set to none, actual size or 100% on your printer.

Size: Big – Width 9 1/2″, Height 6 1/2″, Depth at the base 2″
Small – Width 8 1/2″, Height 3 1/2″, Depth at base 2″

If the outer fabric is oil cloth/vinyl/pleather or similar you may not need the batting. Remember to not iron or use pins when using these materials.

Materials (big pouch):
• 12” (30 cm) square of outer/main fabric
• 12″x10” (30x25cm) of contrast fabric for base
• 10″x25″ (25x60cm) of lining fabric
• 8” (20 cm) or zipper
• 15” x 20” (40x50cm) of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight)
• 15” x 20” (40x50cm) of thin iron on batting

Materials (small pouch):
• 10” (25 cm) square of outer/main fabric
• 10″x8” (25x20cm) of contrast fabric for base
• 12″ (30cm) square of lining fabric
• 8” (20 cm) or zipper
• 12″ (30cm) of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight)
• 12″ (30cm) of thin iron on batting

I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please tag me on instagram if you are posting your finished projects.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care!

Annika

Fabric Scrap Piecing

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I have made another fabric scrap project. Instead of crumb piecing as in my last post, I cut the left over fabric in to 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles. When pieced together in pairs along the 2 1/2” edge, the pairs become 2 1/2” squares and if pieced together in alternating directions it turns in to a basket weave like pattern.

I made this table runner the same way I made the wall hanging in my last post minus the hanging sleeve. You can find that post here.
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Fabric Scraps – Crumb Piecing

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I decided to organise my left over fabric scraps so it was easier to find what I need and also to use them and not always buy new fabrics. Don’t get me wrong fabric shopping is a very fun and addictive thing to do and the best retail therapy. But scrap fabric projects is very fun too and it is impossible to throw away fabric. One way to use left over fabric, especially small pieces is crumb piecing. If you search crumb quilts in Pinterest, you will find many tutorials and projects. Here is how I made my first Crumb Pieced mini wall hanging:

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The Everything Pouch

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The Everything Pouch is my newest PDF sewing pattern and it comes with pattern pieces in three different sizes. It has no exposed seams or seams covered with binding. The finished measurements are:

Small – H: 3 ¼”  W: 4 ½” D: 2 ½”
Medium –  H: 3 ¼” W: 8 ½”  D: 2 ½”
Large – H: 5 ½”  W: 9 ½” D: 2 ½”

The large size works great as a toiletries / make up bag.
The medium size works great as a pencil case
The small size is great for things like binding clips, hair ties etc.

To make all three pouches you will need:

  • 15″ (38 cm) outer fabric ( fat quarter is sufficient if print is non directional)
  • 10” (25 cm) contrast fabric for zipper panels and tabs
  • 15″ (38 cm) lining fabric ( fat quarter is sufficient if print is non directional)
  • 20” (50 cm) medium weight woven interfacing
  • 8”, 12”,16″ (20, 30, 40 cm) or longer dress zippers, 1” (2.5 cm) wide
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot 
  • General sewing supplies

All measurements are based on 42” (112 cm) wide fabric. 

Of course you can make them in all different fabrics, which also makes it a great scrap fabric project. This project is best suited for the intermediate sewer.

I hope you like this pattern as much as I do. The combinations of different fabrics and colours are endless, and the pouch can be used for everything also.

Until next time, take care and happy sewing!

Annika