Sewing with Friends: A Boxy Pouch

Boxy Fabric Pouch SwimBikeQuilt 1024x768 Sewing with Friends: A Boxy Pouch

Yesterday, Pam, Laura and I met at Cindy’s house to sew and catch up a bit. I saw some adorable boxy zipper pouches on Cindy’s instagram feed over the weekend and begged her to teach me! Happily, she obliged.  We used this tutorial from Pretty Modern with a few modifications, including using fusible fleece with both the lining and the feature fabric to give it a little more structure.  I will make the handle a bit longer next time, but really wanted to use this polka dot from Cindy’s scrap bin, so we made it work.

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I started with a 12” zipper (love the metal zippers, I just need to remember I can’t sew over them), so the pouch is on the larger side.  I added some treats and hope to drop it off to a friend soon in celebration of the birth of her new baby boy. I have to admit, once you make one, you want to make about 100 more. I even went to Joanns yesterday and bought fusible fleece and a seam roll yesterday. I see many more of these in my future!

A few more thoughts:

1. It feels good to sew and to want to sew! Yesterday was my first time sewing since a few weeks before Quilt Market. Who knows, I might actually write up my experience about Quilt Market tomorrow.

2. This is a seam roll. I might be the only quilter in the world who has never seen one, but they are pretty cool! Dritz 82503 Clothing Care Seam Roll Sewing with Friends: A Boxy Pouch

3. Finally, if you have ever wondered how a sewing machine actually works, my friend Becky sent me this cool gif from The Atlantic.

 Sewing with Friends: A Boxy Pouch


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  1. Posted November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I love this pouch! So cute!

  2. Posted November 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    This pouch is so lovely. I love sewing with friends, too! And thanks for sharing the link to the gif. Just last night, as I was sewing, I was wondering what was actually going on beneath the plates… now I know! :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      who knew, right? I love random finds like that sewing machine gif!

  3. Posted November 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Love the pouches Katie…and the sewing machine gif is way cool too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    So cute! I love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial–these would make great holiday gifts!

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