Today I have a two patchwork items to share with you.
First, check out this sweet patchwork heart. It's been on my to sew list, so not only did it turn out adorable, it was super satisfying to get it done.
This heart is some of the smallest patchwork I've done so far--the two smallest pieces are only 0.5" x 0.5" (13mm)!
It was pieced on a flannel foundation. The foundation made it possible to sew such small pieces together and not lose my mind or my fingers. It wouldn't have been possible to sew two tiny pieces together on their own.
I've also come to realize foundation pieced fabric pieces--especially the smaller ones--are fine being finger pressed. If you are in a hurry finger pressing will cut down on the time it takes to make a patchwork piece.
I'll probably still press mine with the iron because pressing is something I don't mind. The getting up and down also gives me a chance to move around. I like to eat (cookies and cakes), so I try to compensate by moving as much as possible.
There aren't any patterns or pattern pieces for this heart, but the overall concept is the same as the Patchwork Coasters. Maybe someday I'll get some templates together.
The second patchwork item is this Pleated Pouch:
The medium size is a good size for a lot of ereaders and mini tablets. It will hold an iPad mini if you don't fold the flap too tight and use either a 5/16" or 1/4" SA.
If I'd placed the catch plate higher there would have been more space between the top of the pouch and where the flap folds and it would have been fine. In general, I leave 0.25" - 0.5" so the pouch has more room to expand. This time I was off.
The patchwork for this was pieced on flannel backed by scrap fabric. This is a great combination for smaller pouches and/or things that need to fold.
The lining back/flap piece is backed by scrap fabric. Usually I'd use fleece on that lining piece, but the fleece I have right now is fairly stiff. Stiff fleece is great for bags, but it doesn't handle folds and tends to really crease deeply in the fold.
For fleece I usually use Pellon 987F, but the fabric store was out of it for a while. So I bought one yard of Heat n' Bond fusible fleece. I forgot to write down the info from the bolt end and the instruction sheet doesn't specify which fleece this is, but my best guess is it is the "high loft" version.