Are you feeling the holiday crunch?!? If you’re like me, you’ve got a mile long to-do list and a clock that keeps on ticking!
I have an ambitious goal of making several handcrafted gifts for teachers, friends and family.
I started by making pouches for a few people. I’m using the tutorial for the Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch. It comes in three sizes. I decided to make the medium size, not too small and not too big.
I made the first one with Riley Blake text fabric from the Cottage Garden collection by The Quilted Fish on the top and Essex linen on the bottom. I added a bit of red hand stitching in the middle and a red zipper.
The second one uses more Essex linen on the bottom and an Amy Butler Lotus print on the top.
The third pouch keeps the black, red, and white theme going. This time I used canvas on the bottom for an extra sturdy pouch.
I got a bit fancy with this one and added an inside pocket. It was super easy to make and a great place to tuck in a gift card.
And then just for fun – and for me! – I made a mini patchwork version of the pouch using 2.5″ squares of Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors collection and a denim weave from Moda. I have no idea what I’ll use it for, but I’m sure something will come along that will be just the right size.
As I’ve been making these pouches, I’ve been experimenting with the amount and kind of interfacing. I like a pouch that’s more sturdy than less. A combination of medium weight interfacing with a layer of canvas seems to work best for me.
The other thing that worked well for me as I made these pouches was using my walking foot to sew the entire pouch, even when putting on the zipper. I found that the walking foot helps to feed the layers through evenly.
Now to fill up these pouches with goodies! I’m thinking gift cards and chocolates.
How about you? What are you stitching up for the holidays?