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Pattern Hack! Make a Plush Pea Pod Family!

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I recently modified my Chick Pea plush pattern into this little snuggly family of peas to give to my friend 😀

You guys remember the Chick Peas plush pattern I featured in March, right? Of course you do!
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If you’ve purchased the pattern or earned yours during March, then you can use this hack to modify the plush into a zipped pouch! In the following tutorial, I’ll show you what new supplies to purchase and how you need to change the pattern you already have to make a pea pod family zip pouch instead of the snuggly chick peas.

The story behind this goes that a little bit back one of my very closest friends announced she was pregnant! She wanted to have a gender reveal party and announce the new arrival via plush! >w< So I was lucky enough to get the honor of making the family of peas in a zippered pea pod pouch for the reveal ^-^ In the end, the new arrival turned out to be a boy, so the middle pea was decorated with a little blue newsboy cap. Unfortunately I had to make it at the last moment so that’s not included in the tutorial here ^^; But this family of peas would be a lovely gift for a baby shower or perhaps a Mother or Father’s Day gift.

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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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Freebie Friday! Quilt-as-you-go Train Case

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This project was a lot of fun to play around with 😀 It’s kind of a triple threat in that it helped me use up some cotton scraps, I got to try out some more travel bag ideas for my upcoming trip to Metrocon, and I got to experiment with quilting in bags and pouches (and how it holds up as a stabilizer). With all that in mind I’d say it was a rousing success! They come together super fast and allow a lot of room for fun improvising. They’re a lot more forgiving to make than most train case patterns, because they’re not done the conventional way. You’ll see you use a box dart to make their shape instead of sewing curved seams or having to bind edges.

While you might be tempted to make this in whole cloth without any patchwork, I found that the finished case isn’t as sturdy without the extra quilting stitches going through it for support. So I would definitely recommend doing the quilt-as-you-go method in some fashion to get those extra seams going through your case.

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Freebie Friday! London Calling Bag

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This project is quite intensive, because it was one of those passion projects. I’ve been needing a huge bag with loads of pockets to carry every little thing I need when I’m out of the house for a while. It has a large back pocket, zippered front pocket, pockets inside for a sketchbook, pens, and a hidden pocket too 🙂 I used it during my most recent move to Daytona and it really saved me! Holding all that paperwork, pens, keys, electronics – it took quite a beating!

Maybe all the bells and whistles on this bag will save you too 😀 The outside has a big Union Jack decoration because I can’t stop watching British TV :B The bottom uses vinyl so it’s a bit more durable and resilient against moisture. And instead of a strap adjuster, it uses a belt buckle for an unusual touch (also because I ran out of strap adjusters XD).

It should be noted that since I’m busting my scrap stash, you’ll find that I used a lot of accent fabrics for different parts of the bag, but in the pattern I boiled them down to just outer fabrics and lining fabrics. The pictures should make it clear what’s what of course, but if you want to get the exact look that I did, read through the instructions first before cutting your fabric and I’ll tell you when I deviated from the main pattern.

At 51 steps, this is easily my longest project yet x_x I read over it several times to make sure there weren’t any errors, but since it is a free project it I can’t guarantee that it’s foolproof. Do let me know if you run into any snafus as you work so I can make fixes for the next brave sewist!

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Freebie Friday! Zipper Wrist Rest

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This is a project I’ve been needing to make for the longest time! I’m sure more of you can sympathize with that kind of situation. I could just as easily have purchased a wrist rest for myself, but I just kept telling myself I’d have time to make one. It took a while, but I finally did 😀

I wracked my brain trying to think of a character I could do that would mimic the shape of a long wrist rest, and nothing seemed to feel natural to me. That was when I realized that I don’t have quite enough stuff that shows off that I’m a seamstress! So I thought a wrist rest shaped like a zipper might take care of that handily. Mine is filled with tiny micro pellets, which seem similar to poly pellets but they’re much smaller and are made of Styrofoam instead of plastic. The outside is made from fleece which is slightly stretchy so when you rest your wrists on it, it has that nice squishy feeling that a woven fabric can’t really match.

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Freebie Friday! Bow Clutch

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I have been seeing so many cute pouches with a bow motif on the sewing blogs over the past year! Whether they have bows attached or the pouch becomes a bow itself, it’s really common theme and I just love all of them. I thought I would add my own version to the dialogue with this little pouch here. I made a few versions but the ones I liked best were out of satin, which seemed fitting because it looks like these babies would make good bridesmaid or prom clutches – at least something cute to bring to a special occasion. Whatever fabric you decide to use, I would definitely recommend it be solid or from a small print. I tried these with a large print and the motifs just get lost in the folds of the bow, so you can’t really tell what’s going on.

The step-by-step photos I think make the clutch look harder than it really is, and it’s easy to get disoriented and forget what goes where. I would suggest using labels that point which side is up and which side is the right side if you get confused after glancing through instructions before getting started.

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Freebie Friday! Tri-fold Wallet

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This project came about because I realized I could probably use a new wallet. I’m not exactly sure what kind will work out best for me, so I’m trying out some different shapes. This particular one has a lot of the basic features: loads of pockets for cards, a slot for bills, and a pocket in the back for coins. I’ll have to see how it handles carrying my things. But if it doesn’t work out for me, maybe it will for you! I love that it gave me a chance to show off some of my large print fabrics because the whole wallet is basically one big sheet. The lining is made from polyester lining to deplete my stash, though it was a bit of hassle to work with so I’d probably recommend sticking with a thin cotton if you’ve got it.

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Freebie Friday! Kitty Purse

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This project came about because I realized I needed a purse that was a little more suitable for professional occasions, so I thought I would try making up a cute pattern that was a little on the subdued. I’m not quite sure if I got exactly to that mix of professional with subtle cute, but it was fun trying nonetheless! I used some extra corduroy to make this particular purse, and I think the dark reddish brown does a good job of looking stylish without being too over the top.

For this particular project I tried out a lot of new interfacing to see how it stacks up for stabilizing thin corduroy. You could leave it out as you prefer, of course, but I think the Pellon 50 I used did a good job of making thin corduroy into something more substantial. The lining includes several side pockets as well as a hidden zippered pocket. I ran out of strap adjusters by this point, so I tried out using a buckle instead. A little unorthodox, but I think I like it! Maybe you will too 😀

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Freebie Friday! Box Pouch

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This project came about for the same reasons as the Ruffled Pouch. I could use a new place to store my toiletries and makeup in preparation for the next time I go traveling, and I’m trying out different shapes and sizes to see what works out best for me 😀 There are a lot of tutorials for similar kind of pouches out there, but I made mine with a certain size in mind, and also something that I could make with French seams so the lining is all sewn in place with no raw edges. Maybe this method will also work out for you!

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