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This is something that has been cut out for months, and when I found the pieces in my Zip Pouches file folder, I thought it would be perfect for adding one of the new pockets to the front.
Since I have many pocket pattern pieces to choose from, it only took another 10 minutes to add pocket #1 to the interior:
Maybe this weekend I'll work on sewing some of the other cut out pieces in this file.
Today I have something new available--12 Curvy Patch Pocket templates that can be used to quickly add a cute and useful pocket wherever you need one (or more).
I keep a file of these curvy pockets, and find it convenient to have a dedicated folder of pockets in a variety of sizes to fit different size projects/needs. Having an easy to find selection of pockets is making my sewing life easier.
This document has 3 slightly different shapes of curvy patch pocket with 4 graduated sizes of each style, so they'll fit a lot of different spaces and will come in handy for a variety of uses. Some are small card size pockets (#1 & #5) and others are big enough for phones, small journals, etc.
Over time, the curvy patch pocket has become my favorite type of patch pocket, and now I almost always use it instead of a square patch pocket. The curved top makes them easier to slide things in and out, and the rounded edges give it a little style. These are cute enough to use on the outside of bags, or even on clothes.
Instructions showing how I sew the pockets are included. Most of you don't need instructions, but there is one page detailing how I go about my pocket making.
Excellent Scrap Busters
My scrap bin is literally bottomless. It may not be possible for me to use them all, but I do try. If you are like me and using up your scraps is a never ending adventure, these pockets can help you bust a move on your scraps.
Plus, it's a fun surprise to have a pocket in a different fabric on the inside of bags, and it can make them easier to spot.
Take it a step further and make some patchwork pockets. These are some of my favorites.
A patchwork pocket can add a really fun surprise to the inside of a bag! Here is a peek of a patchwork pocket (Curvy Patch Pocket #1) inside a pouch made using one of the Zipper Pouches templates (#3).
If you new to patchwork, and still getting comfortable pairing colors and prints, these pockets are good practice. Or if using patchwork on the exterior of project isn't totally your style, you might find a pocket is a great way to incorporate this colorful sewing art into some of your work.
As you can see, I like to sew my label directly into the patchwork piece. These are the labels I use and there are other similar ones available in the etsy supplies category. You could also have your logo printed on fabric at Spoonflower, and probably get quite a lot of labels out of a 1/2 yard or 1 yard of fabric.
Stack Them Up
You can also add a pocket on top of a pocket! This is a neat way to combine a smaller card size pocket with one of the larger pockets.
This is pocket #5 on top of #8 and I used in inside a pouch for my large Moleskine Cahier journal (I used the medium size pouch pieces in this document). The larger pocket is deep and good for pens and the smaller pocket is for my business cards.
Keep in mind that this technique is best for a small card pocket on top of another pocket. Once you put things inside the top pocket it will start to limit how much can fit inside the bottom pocket.
Over the weekend I made this large size Grocery Bag.
This red fabric is a light weight home dec fabric I ordered from Superbuzzy several years ago.
It is a wonderful Japanese fabric and a little heavier than quilting cotton, so I thought it would be great for some bags.
But it just sat in my stash because larger prints don't always work with the small things I tend to sew. It's taken me a few years to learn this, but the answer for what to do with larger prints is:
Make Grocery Bags!
This bag is lined in the black and white stripe print in this WIP picture:
I post quite a few WIP photos on Instagram. It's so very easy to take a quick picture using the phone and add it to my IG stream. This photo turned out great and I was pleased it was good enough to use here. That's not always the case with the phone pics!
On Thursday I decided it was time to make another Pintuck Wristlet. So I got out my file folder, and when I opened it up I found some pattern pieces printed at smaller sizes.
I must have printed them a few months ago and then put them in the file for "later". There were pieces for the large size scaled to 60%, and pieces for the small size scaled to 75%.
I decided to try out the large size at 60% first, and was really pleased that it turned out totally adorable!
The finished size of this scaled down version is about 6" at the widest point x 3.5" high x 1" deep.
I did make some modifications, so if you want to make the large size scaled down to 60% too, take a look at the changes below.
You will also want to mark your smaller pattern pieces, either before or after you print them out. I write the percentage on the piece and then highlight it with a colored highlighter. You can also annotate PDF documents if you want to add this size note digitally before printing your new pieces.
Modifications for large size Pintuck Wristlet at 60% of original size:
It's been a while since I've made the small size Zip Pocket Pouch, but in the last 24-hours I've managed to finish two of them.
Every time I make one of these pouches I remember how quick and easy it is to sew this zipper! This is perhaps the easiest zipper to install in all of my patterns.
I was thinking about sewing this while I was walking the dog this morning, and got the idea to just skip cutting out the individual A - C pieces and sew the entire pouch and then cut it out.
So that is what I did for this one. Instead of cutting out each of the invididual A - C pieces, I free hand cut the pieces (with interfacing applied) so each was slightly larger than the pattern piece it represents. Then I sewed all of pieces to the zipper in the order described in the instructions and cut out the completed pouch at the end. It worked great!
Give it a try if you've already made one of these, or are fairly confident with your sewing. It might be a lot to think about if you are making one of these pouches for the first time, but after you see how the pouch goes together it will be easy.
You can see a picture of this in my IG feed.
Here is the inside:
Oh look! Another #5 zipper pouch.
The heart applique is quite fitting...I do love the #5 template!
The exterior fabric for this one is the Swallows print from Caroylyn Gavin's Petit Fleur collection.
It's lined in a green print I picked up after noticing how few greens are in my fabric collection! I'm not sure what this print is called. It's a pretty recent collection and might be from Moda. If you know what it is, leave a comment (please and thanks).
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