$5 Friday - Idea Pouch Sewing Pattern
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Someone recently did me a favor and several times over the few years we've known each other, this person (won't mention any names--I never know who stops by here!) has expressed an interest in learning to sew.
So as a "thank you" for the help, I wanted to make her a gift and thought a sewing kit would be something she could use and maybe it would be the inspiration to get her started on her own sewing adventure! I'm not sure she'll ever pick up sewing, and all I can do is be encouraging and helpful if she decides she'd like to try it out.
The first thing I wanted to put in the kit was the Fix Your Clothes zine, because it is an excellent guide for standard mending and repairs. I thought the Idea Pouch would be a lovely place to store the book along with some basic sewing tools. But the size in the pattern is much larger than the book so I wanted to scale the pouch down some.
Idea Pouch Scaled at 75% + Extra Top Pocket to Make a Sewing Kit
A few people have also written to me showing their scaled down versions of the Idea Pouch, and they all turned out so adorable that making a mini version of this pouch has been on my sewing to do list anyway. This seemed like a good time to try it out myself!
I printed the pattern pieces pages at 75% and it turned out perfect for the book and a few basic tools. The finished size at 75% is about 8" high x 6.25" wide (20 x 16cm).
This sewing kit is pictured with a few things from my own sewing tool collection, so I'll have to make a trip to Fabric Depot to get new ones to include in the actual gift. But this gives you the basic idea.
Idea Pouch Scaled at 75% + Extra Pocket to Make a Sewing Kit
Here's what's I plan to include in the kit:
- Olfa 5" scissors
- Fix Your Clothes zine
- Seam ripper
- Seam gauge
- Small spools of black and cream thread
- Package of needles in a variety of sizes
- Box of pins
- Marking pen
- Small measuring tape
For this kit, I also added a pocket to the top of the flap. This pocket is great because not only is it an extra pocket, it's also a pin cushion! It has a layer of cotton batting to make it easy to insert pins and needles.
If you are on the email list, you will receive this extra pocket piece, along with the simple instructions showing when to attach it. You will be able to download it directly from the email message. If you are not on the email list and join now, you can forward your confirmation email to me. My email is my first name @michellepatterns.com.
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Instead of dividing the pocket inside the pleated part into pen slips, I divided it into two sections. The next time I sew this, I might divide one half into pen size slots for the seam ripper, pen, and seam gauge.
This little sewing kit would be a wonderful gift for someone on your holiday list. This year is just whipping by and holidays will be here so very soon. Maybe there is someone on your list that wants, or needs, to learn to sew. Maybe that person always asking you to sew their buttons back on or fix their broken zipper...
Making the Idea Pouch at 70% - 75% is also a really good size for many eReaders/mini tablets.
If you don't already have a copy of this pattern, now's your chance! Order this weekend while it's the $5 Friday special and making some smaller versions for sewing kits or eReader pouches, or just sew the regular size. The regular size can also be a lovely sewing kit/small project pouch.
Idea Pouch Scaled at 75% to Make a Sewing Kit