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Free Pattern Friday! Squid Pencil Pouch

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So after playing around with the squid/Kraken plush I made back in January, I couldn’t help but want to make more squiddy projects 🙂 So I came up with this little pencil pouch – it utilizes the tall shape of the squid to offer up a good 8” x 4” storage size for holding a handful of pens and pencils. Of course you could use it for other things as well: crochet hooks come to mind…

It’s completely lined on the inside so it looks nice and pretty from both sides. So if you wanted to use the pattern to make items for sale at craft shows, conventions, or Etsy, they would look very professional! I think the pattern is well-suited to thick, plush-like fabrics like fleece, minky, terrycloth, or felt. I personally used minky and gave it a little interfacing so it wouldn’t stretch while I sewed it.

I give it a 4/10 stars because there are a lot of little pieces to manage, and a lot of layers to sew through. There’s also the zipper of course, but it’s done using the centered zipper method which is very basic. So overall if you have a decent amount of projects under your belt and maybe a little zipper experience you should be okay. I hope you all like it!

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Free Pattern Friday! Zippered Sketch Wallet

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My boyfriend recently got a sketch wallet for himself — in leather no less — to hold just a few sketching essentials. Namely a Moleskine and a pencil and pen. Sometimes if the mood suits him he’ll throw in his ID and a few important credit cards so he can completely sustain himself on this wallet alone. Needless to say, I got super jealous and wanted one for myself. It gave me an opportunity try out installing a zipper in the cleanest way possible. This zipper is sewn right into the side seam of the wallet, sandwiched between the outer fabric and the lining. There are no raw edges or seams to bind, so it makes for a clean finish even if it does take some coordination to put together 🙂

When it’s all done you have a wallet for sliding in a sketchbook on one side and pens and pencils on the other! I’m going to try carrying this around myself and see how it works out for me — hopefully I’ll start sketching more!

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Free Pattern Friday! Ragged Strip Pouch

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Hello everyone!
This week I’ve got another fun patchwork pouch pattern like some of the ones I’ve shown before. It really helped me use up some of my quilting cotton stash, and I love the finished look of them! They’re patched together with lots of skinny strips and the seam allowances are left raw and exposed. It gives it this lovely frayed edge look that I love. Then to polish it off, contrast patches are sewn over the top.
The size of them is pretty big at 8″ wide and 6″ tall, so it’ll hold a lot of pens and pencils or a good bit of travel toiletries! I used a lot of interfacing in mine to make them look crisp, but you could make yours floppier if you wish. But either way, they’re perfect for using little scraps of beautiful fabrics that you can’t bear to throw away!

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Freebie Pattern Friday! Leather Dice Bag

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Today’s project is a little off the beaten path for me, but the motivation was about the same as always xD Part of my overwhelming fabric stash actually included some bits of leather. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could use it, but it didn’t seem to go with any of the other fabrics I had so I was pretty much at a loss. Eventually I came around to the idea of making some dice bags! That is, the kind usually made for D&D dice 😀

I realize I’m giving you all a deeper glimpse into my geekiness here, but bear with me! I don’t play D&D as much as I wish I could, so making these was kind of like getting to live that feeling for a little bit. And it means I’ll be ready should I have time to delve into a game. Of course, you could use these for loads more besides dice. They make a great accessory for anyone into Renaissance fairs or for holding special trinkets. And this project is especially perfect if you’ve never worked with leather before – it would be a great way to introduce yourself to the material.

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Free Pattern Friday! Ruffled Strip Clutch

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Today I have another addition to my arsenal of tiny patchwork projects! This time it makes use of super small patchwork strips. So if you’re the kind that holds onto even the littlest fabric bits then you’re in luck!

As you’ll see from the dimensions of the project, this one’s a little tiny and dainty, probably best for holding onto a few essentials during a date night or maybe to hold a bit of makeup in your larger bag. Either way, I thought it was a lot of fun to put together and I hope you all will agree! It takes a bit of time but the end results is so colorful and textural 😀

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Freebie Friday! Tablet Sleeve

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A few months ago I finally treated myself to a new tablet, which got me curious about designing a new tablet sleeve 😀 I’ve made them before but I wanted to see if I could do something more tight and compact, but still simple to put together. I really like the result with this one! It’s got some zipper shenanigans, but if you’re okay with that it goes together incredibly fast, probably under 1-2 hours. That’s why I made a whole stack!

They’re padded with quilt batting for extra protection. Mine are lined with polyester lining since that’s what I had on hand, but I bet flannel or fleece would be even better since it would pamper your tablet. The size I have is suited for a 7” tablet, though you could easily enlarge it for a bigger tablet if you know a bit about slashing and spreading.

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Freebie Friday! Pleated Ombre Pouch

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I mentioned in the past few months that my cotton stash has gone down quite significantly 😀 Especially the big pieces – which leaves lots of little scraps leftover. That’s part of the reason why I came up with today’s project. I wanted to revisit the look of the pleated clutch I made a year or so back while still incorporating the scrappy look that my cotton stash is leaning towards.

I made these pouches super-stabilized with some Pellon SF101 interfacing so they’d stand up on their own. I also added contrast corner patches to make the finished product look a bit more put-together. All in all, they were a lot of fun to make ^-^ I wish I could make more in loads more colors.

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