Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A little walk down Pouch Memory Lane...

Today is my stop on the Happy Little Pouch Hop, hosted by Emily of Mommy's Nap Time and Elaine of Dashasel Sews. Welcome! I'm sharing some of my favorite pouches that I've made, in the hopes of inspiring you to make one of your own. Don't forget to add your pouch to the Flickr group for a chance to win one of this week's wonderful prizes! And now, time for a little walk down Pouch Memory Lane...

Amy's pouch

This pouch was a gift for my friend Amy recently, and oh, it was so hard to part with this adorable little pouch, adorned with honeycomb EPP shapes in rainbow colors. I totally need to make another for me.


This Orchard Path zippy pouch was made as a part of the Zakka Sew Along. It was my first time doing any English paper piecing, so I guess you could say this is where my current EPP addiction stems from!


These little pouches were given as teacher gifts at the end of the school year earlier this year. I was working on my Zakka Style pouch, and fouled up the enlargement instructions from the book for the hexagons, so they turned out just a bit oversize. No matter, I think they're still awfully cute :)

Two birthday pouches

Pouches with fussy cut fabrics always make me smile. The Little Apples pouch was a gift for my niece's birthday earlier this year, chock full of garish nail polish, and the red, blue, and gray pouch was a gift for my mother's birthday. I can't help but smile when I see her using it when she visits.

Amy's pouch

This fab pouch, using MoMo It's a Hoot collection, was a gift for Amy last year at Sewing Summit. I keep meaning to make another pouch using this super simple rail fence design for myself, but just haven't gotten to it yet! I'm sensing a theme here...seeing all these pouches I've made for other people is making me want to make some for me!!!

Lee's pouch - back

Leftover quilt blocks (or in this case quilt blocks made specifically for a pouch) are a great way to make a front or back for a pouch. I love this simple x and + block that I made last year for Lee.

Lee's pouch - front

A little hand-quilting can definitely make a patchwork pouch even more fun. This is the other side of the pouch I gave Lee at Sewing Summit last year.

Megan's pouch - front

I made this little pouch for Megan last year, using a simple embroidered message as the focal point of the pouch. I think this was my third embroidery project ever, so it was probably a bit ambitious, but I think it's perfect for a crafty pouch, for your hand sewing tools.

AnneMarie's pouch - front

This little pouch was given to AnneMarie last year at Sewing Summit, using Bonnie & Camille's Ruby. Again, the use of a simple patchwork block, repeated in a tiny size, makes for a super cute pouch!

PLP - Done!!

This travel pouch was made for Darci in the Pretty Little Pouch swap last year. I got the pleasure of handing Darci this pouch in person, which made the swap all the more fun! I love the spring-y colors in the patchwork on this pouch.

Pretty {little} Pouch - finished! #1

And last but not least, this little pouch, using teeny tiny bits of the original release of Flea Market Fancy and some other additional fabrics, was made in the first round of the Pretty Little Pouch swap. I love how the postage-stamp-inspired patchwork just pops right off the Essex linen!

Do you feel inspired to go create something wonderful? I hope so! I feel like I've just added a few more pouches to my Santa's Sweatshop Handmade Holiday list, for myself! Have a great day :)


  1. Wow, pouch bonanza! I have yet to make another pouch, after the Zakka House pouch. I love it, but I am still daunted to try another, with zipper and stuff. But you inspire me!

  2. These are wonderful! I wish I was on your list of gift recipients. I think everyone does.

  3. Pouches and purses are my favorite things to sew. I have so many new ideas now, thanks :)

  4. I have to say that zip pouches are my most favorite thing to make. I especially like the first photo ~ such pretty fabric and the block design is wonderful!

  5. Your pouches are all so gorgeous.
    I am very excited to be participating in this Blog Hop with you. My tutorial will be up tomorrow.

  6. Lots of great pouches there. "Keep calm and sew stuff." - totally me!! lol

  7. These are all such adorable pouches! I need some zippers so I can make some myself!

  8. That's an impressive collection! what are you doing for teacher gifts this year? I haven't decided. Need to get on that!

  9. I LOVE the top pouches and the Keep Calm pouch. Great work!

  10. Great collection there, love that rainbow EPP one :o)

  11. Wow all those pouches look incredible! Did you buy the patterns or use freebies? I love the last one - where can I get the instructions?

  12. Oh wow, so many gorgeous pouches! I've not made a patchwork pouch yet, but now I really want to!

  13. all fabulous pouches - yes, you've inspired me :)

  14. Thanks so much for sharing all those fantastic pouches! A gorgeous collection!

  15. Thank you Elizabeth, for inspiration! They are all so beautiful! x Teje

  16. Wow - love all the pouches! I tried to be a sleuth adn figure out the pattern for the last pouch in the picture, but to no avail. I even went to the Flikr site and OMGoodness!!! There are so many beautiful pouches made by some extremely talented women. I deffinitely got lost in the maze and wehn I came up for air, realized I STILL hadn't found the pattern. Blissful sigh, but, is there any chance of someone telling where that pattern is to be found? : ) Thanks! Terry

  17. Hi Terry and Claire, that last pouch was improvised, but if you're looking for a good box pouch tutorial, I highly recommend Kaelin's, found right here: http://www.theplaidscottie.com/2010/11/box-pouch-tutorial.html

  18. Your pouches are adorable. I think I must sew someone for me.Thanks for the inspiration

  19. They are all really great pouches. Lucky recipients.


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