I made the above pouch as part of CT’s teacher gift this year. I also included an Amazon gift card and a note telling her just how much we loved her! We really did too. She was the best teacher we could possibly hope for as CT’s first.
I really hope next year is just as pleasant. I guess only time will tell.
I enjoyed the last two Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along’s so much, I agreed to do a few more! I think it’s the idea that everyone is sewing the same thing, but the outcome is sooo different. I love clicking through the list of other bloggers.
I mostly stuck to the video instructions when it came to what to cut to what size and all. I even used the fusible fleece as my stabilizer. The two parts I had to change were the type of accent tape used, and the filling. Both weren’t by choice, I just didn’t have the supplies.
When I signed up to do this sew along, I figured I had all the supplies on hand. I always have scraps, I always have filling and I always have twill tape on hand.
Well, I had filling, but it was polyfil, and the pattern calls for ground up walnuts. Once I realized I needed it (I somehow missed that step when I originally watched the video!), I tried to buy it locally with no luck. I didn’t have time to buy it online, so I stuffed mine with polyfil temporarily. I have the ground up walnuts coming in and will be replacing the filling later this week. I like the idea of a heavier pincushion.
The other missing part was the twill tape. I normally have yards on hand! However I forgot that I had made a bunch of drawstring bags recently and I used up my entire stash. I was going to go out and get more, but then thought “well, what if I have something similar on hand?”. After about an hour of searching through my supplies, I came across a spool of vintage snap tape. It’s a twill like tape that has molded plastic snaps built in. I use it on the backs of pillows all the time. I thought the one side looked neat on its own, so I decided to use that in the place of the twill tape. I actually built the entire pincushion around the snap tape!
Most of the patchwork pieces are scraps, or fussy cut pieces off fat quarters. The top and backing are Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yard Dyed Linen. It’s a little one the heavier side, so it was perfect for helping the pincushion keep it’s shape.
I was very happy to see that the snap tape looked right at home once the entire thing was assembled. I was a little worried it would look silly.
They gave buyers (shop owners) these adorable tote bags that had sash like handles with pre printed spots for all of these patches to go. It made it look like a Girl Scout sash.
I’ve always loved patches, as I talked about here, and now that I am a Girl Scout leader myself, I am OBSESSED with patches. So when I heard they were giving them away at their booths, I went to check it out.
Most of the designers were handing out the badges themselves, instead of just keeping them in bowls. I liked this because it forced you to chat and get to know each one a little. I get chatty fast, so I REALLY got to know some of them!
That was a brilliant idea Moda had. It made you put a face and personality to each upcoming line. I also found out, from chatting with everyone so much, that most of them chose the designs or sayings themselves. One more cool point there.
These top three were my favorite badges. I may break them away from the pack and use them on a bag or something.
The rest of them are going on a mini quilt made just for them, and it will hang in my sewing room on this super teeny wall I have. I’ll probably finish it before Spring Market 2019.
Today I am happy to share with you the Simple Zipper Bag I made using the Fat Quarter Shop’s video tutorial (available to watch at the end of this post)
I was invited to be a part of their sew along and I just couldn’t say no. This bag is perfect for carrying around sewing projects and more. I think my daughter is already eyeing it for her own needs.
The bag uses Annie’s Soft N Stable, which I had never sewn with but am now in love with. It’s awesome! It doesn’t really crease and it keeps it’s form for awhile. Plus I imagine it would protect you in case scissors opened inside the pouch or something similar.
I highly recommend it, and if a pattern calls for it, don’t ignore the suggestion. Ever.