A couple of weeks ago I made a cute little sewing pouch from my blackwork version of the Sew Simply stitchery. Well, I loved it so much that I made another, this time a pastel version...and I loved it too!
Perhaps you'd like to make one of these pouches yourself? They are perfect for posting away in swaps or to friends, and especially good for using up smaller pieces of fabric and leftover pieces of quilt wadding. I am always thinking up ways to use leftovers from sewing projects.
Firstly, let me say that you can use any stitchery you like on the front, as long as you can trim it to 4.5" x 6.5" - or you can purchase my Sew Simply pattern (which includes this tutorial) HERE in my Etsy Shop
Let's begin with what you'll need...
One stitchery trimmed to 4.5" high x 6.5" wide
One piece of black/cream spot fabric 6.5" x 9.5"
One piece of lining fabric 6.5" x 13.5"
One piece of cotton quilt wadding (or similar) 7" x 14"
One piece of doctors flannel (or felt) 2.25" x 3"
One length of ribbon measuring 1/2" x 16"
One 3/4" button
Now we'll make the sewing pouch...
Use a 1/4" seam when sewing.
To make the cover, sew the trimmed stitchery block to one narrow end of the black/cream spot fabric. Press the seams away from the stitchery. Place the completed front onto your quilt wadding and either machine or hand quilt in your preferred style. I chose to only quilt the black fabric, leaving the stitchery block untouched.
Then trim away the excess wadding.
Lay the lining face down on the right side of the quilted cover, pin together, and sew around all sides leaving a 3" opening along the narrow black end.
Turn right side out, gently pushing out the four corners with a rounded tool (I like to use a large wooden knitting needle, but a chopstick would be a good choice too). Press with an iron.
Ladder stitch the opening closed.
Fold the bottom of the cover up by 4.5" to create a pocket, and pin.
Sew the sides together using a slip stitch to secure the pocket.
Using two strands of embroidery thread the same colour as the doctors flannel, backstitch the flannel in position where shown near the top inside of the sewing pouch, BUT...be careful not to sew through to the front. Let your stitches catch in the wadding only.
Find the middle of your ribbon, and sew to the centre bottom of the sewing pouch, along the fold line.
Sew your button to the centre bottom of the Sew Simply stitchery.
Add some pins and needles...
Wrap the ribbon around the button to close the sewing pouch. You're done!
This little pouch is perfect for keeping in your hand bag with a small sewing project such as a hand embroidery or some EPP bits and pieces to make hexies. Waiting for an appointment, or even a visit to a sewing friend...you'll always have something handy to work on. So much nicer than watching everyone with their heads glued to phones at the doctors...sigh.
Which sewing pouch is your favourite? The black or the pastel?
I have always been a pastel, shabby chic, occasionally vintage, type of gal...but I really love the black one.
I have made a couple more of these pouches, with different stitcheries, but I'll show them in another post because I might be going to sell them in my shop next month...maybe.
Bless you heaps, dear ones. May the Lord of all good things be right beside you today, speaking words of life into your spirit, and shining the Light of Christ if you find yourself in darkness.
Till next time,
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