This has been cut out for a few days and this morning I finished it up.
I like to cut things out and then take a break. Sometimes it's a few hours of doing something else, a few days, a few weeks, or even sometimes years. Stepping away helps me not feel like I HAVE to get this done RIGHT NOW and the process of making things feels more relaxed and pleasant.
I forgot how easy it is to sew the zipper in this pattern. Makes me want to make a bunch more.
The small closure flap was left off because I cut it out and then discovered the fabric had a small hole where the flap would need to bend. Then there wasn't enough fabric left for cutting another flap, so I left it off.
Since the pouch part hadn't been basted in place (6.c) yet, I went ahead and put in some magnetic snaps.
The lining pieces are all different fabrics. I didn't have enough of any one fabric to cut them all. This is another fantastic way to use up scraps and add a patchwork effect.
That's my passport inside. The medium size is good for passports, Moleskine Pocket Cahier journals, many different phones, or a combination of those things.
I also padded the back with Quilters Dream "Request" cotton batting and a piece of light weight scrap fabric. If you use batting or fleece, remember to cut away that little piece along the sides (it's in the instructions). It will help make it easier to sew.
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 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.
For this particular pouch the catch plate was placed too low to make this one to work for an iPad mini. It fits inside, but the flap is straining when closed.
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.
Here's a sweet little patchwork pouch I finished up yesterday.
The body for this pouch was made using the small size A pattern piece from the Zip Pouches pattern.
The patchwork was foundation pieced on scrap fabric and Quilters Dream "Request" weight batting. This is my favorite batting for making a small patchwork pouch. Warm and Natural cotton batting is my other preferred cotton batting, but it can get a bit thick for something this size.
I added a nickel split ring along the side. Maybe I'll have more of these soon (nickel is sold out). In the meantime, there is one gold set left.
The zip pull is a simple wooden bead on hemp twine. This has become my favorite zip pull. The beads look nice, are inexpensive, and are widely available. Look for beads and twine on etsy. There are tons and tons of options for both.