A new pattern is coming soon, and I wanted to start talking about it because besides creating the pattern document, there's a lot of admin stuff that goes into having these available and by the time I'm done with those tasks, I'm venturing into the burn out zone! So I'll try writing some about the pattern now before I overdose on words.
This is another of what I think of as "improvisational sewing" and is like the Intro to Improv Zip Pouches pattern in that there's only one main pattern piece.
I sew a lot of things like this behind the scenes because it's fast, and it feels liberating to not have a bunch of fiddly little pattern pieces to round up and keep track of while sewing.
The Intro to Improv Zip Pouches pattern is also a one of my more popular patterns and someone left nice feedback about it recently that made me remember another reason why this method works so well--you end up with excellent finished results. So I felt like it was time to take this method one step further.
The new pattern comes with the pattern piece to make the pouch above and then on the last page there is info and a diagram to help you figure out how to make this to fit things like phones, tablets, laptops, journals, or day planners. I think this is best suited to items with 2" (51mm) or less of depth, so it will be perfect for a lot of our modern day gadgets.
All you'll need is the width, height, and depth dimensions. These go into two super simple equations and then there are guidelines for dividing up the pattern piece.
The size included is a phone wallet size and will hold a phone up to 3.5" wide x 5.25" high. It also holds a hardcover Pocket Moleskine journal because these journals are well loved, and I wanted the finished pouch to hold at least one specific item!
Phones are all over the place with sizing, but this size will fit some of them and then if you need more room, it will be easy to add some on to the included pattern piece (the paper will have room left over). The front pocket of this size is pretty perfect for cards, so I'd say if you need more room for your phone, leave the width and height of that section as it is in the existing pattern piece.
The last thing I'll say today is you might notice the strap in the photo above is two fabrics. It turned out amazing! The pattern has instructions for a wristlet strap from one fabric, but here is how I made prepared the two fabric strap:
- sew two lengths of fabric together - you want them to equal close to the finished strap dimensions, but with room for trimming
- interface to within 1/8" (3mm) of the seam on each piece of fabric
- press the seam open
- trim the fabric to the strap dimensions with the seam down the middle
- press the strap into fourths
- trim away some of the raw edges of the outer folds of fabric so they aren't overlapping the seam allowance fabric in the middle
- - Read about the zipper in this pattern here. - -