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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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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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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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