Monday, September 30, 2013

Zakka Along 2.0 :: Week 18

Reading through your blog posts about the Handy Market Tote, it seemed like alot of you felt just like I did about this project - it was terrific and one many of us plan on using again!

Congrats to Cary of Creative Moments by Cary, winner of last week's project linky.

Four months into the Patchwork Please sew along, it's my turn to officially share a project! It's one delightful pattern, the Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch, one of two projects in the final Crafting section!
Read through the materials list carefully before starting. Under the first category where it says "seven print with other background color," this is for the 4 corner "stars", so it's actually 7 for each corner star.
Another little detail to pay attention to is the 'no seam allowances added' note on page 135. So if you are using templates, be sure to enlarge as indicated and add those seam allowances. For accuracy sake, I chose to paper-piece my front cover. It was really helpful to lay out all my pieces before I started, and even mark on my papers what color went where. One of my favorite techniques in this project (also used in the Teabag Pouch project earlier in the sew along) was the 'flange' in step #6. What a nice easy way to add an accent.

I made a few tweaks to personalize my pouch a bit. First up was making the vinyl pocket flap out of patchwork. I used this method to piece those 1 1/2" squares and it worked wonderfully! (Note to self to do that again!) The one thing I wouldn't do again is use fusible batt on the flap. I thought it would be nice considering I was quilting the patchwork, but it did turn out kind of thick for that space. But sewing-wise, it all worked well. And making that vinyl pocket was a piece of cake! I was a little scared of it but my machine wasn't concerned at all. I didn't need to use a larger needle, or line with paper, or use any of the other tricks of the trade.
It worked so well that when my mom suggested adding a large vinyl pocket on the left side, I went for it! I think it's a fun look and just adds to the functionality of the pouch. Good idea, mom!
The last change I made was to create ties to close rather than a button and loop. What a fun project, start to finish!

The giveaways for linking up this week's project are 1 yard Pellon® 911FF Fusible Featherweight + a fat quarter bundle of Cloud9 iHaus.
You also have a chance of winning a prize package by commenting on this post - all donated by our generous sponsors!
And as a bonus, I also have 6 fat-quarters of ihaus that I'm adding in, left from my Handy Market Tote.

Wow. Be sure and let our week's sponsors know how much we appreciate them!
 

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions. One entry per person, please.

Click the links to find out more about the sew along, Ayumi, and how to order the book. 

58 comments:

RaspberrySunshine said...

I love the changes you made to the pattern. Turned out beautifully! I may *borrow* it ! Cindy

Lynz said...

I've thought all the projects so far have been lovely but THIS is the one that makes me want the book! So, so pretty and useful! Your tweaks are perfect, too.

Gina said...

This is my favourite project in the book and yours is very cute !

Amy DeCesare said...

Such an inspiring sample! Although I won't have time to make mine this week, I know I'll be stitching up one someday.

Joyce said...

Hoping to have the time to complete this one...love your fabric choices!

Julie said...

I always love your interpretation of the Patchwork Please projects, but what really intrigued me was the process noted about using the Pellon interfacing. So I went further and read the tutorial on this. I was fascinated and will have to try it. Thank you for the inspiration Deb!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your version of the Embroidery Pouch is delightful! The choice of fabrics is perfect as are the suggestions/improvements made! Great job!

Johanna Lovering said...

Nice changes to the project. I especially like the patchwork flap. Interesting how those small squares are sewn together with interfacing backing them. I will have to try this method.

Vera said...

Great version. You are doing great job with all the organizing and sewing!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Love your changes and your fabric choices... you have done a great job with this sew along!

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

So many nice details! And your Briar Rose was perfect for it. I've been out of the sew-along the last few weeks but I think I need to step back in for this one.

CityHouseStudio said...

Such a cute project! And I'm glad to hear that the vinyl wasn't a problem. Maybe I'll try it!

Leanne said...

Your embroidery pouch is wonderful, it looks so nice in those fabrics. Making one is on my list this week.

Beverly said...

Deb,
Love your interpretation of this project. Thanks for the tips. It's so nice when the person heading up the project will give a rookie like me some tips to help.

DeborahGun said...

Ah - this is so gorgeous. This is the project I really want to make!!

Deb said...

Love how yours turned out! Thank you for the tips and tricks!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Your changes to the pattern make it even more wonderful! Gorgeous!

Vicki H said...

I am glad to hear the vinyl is easy to sew with. I really love this project. Thanks.

Jeannie said...

Totally loved everything you did on this!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yours is just perfection! I don't know if I'll have time to finish this week, but I'll be following your tips when I do make mine!

veronicamade said...

What a cute fabric pouch. I really like the fabrics you used in it. I also like the changes you made to the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda said...

I have the book, but haven't had a chance to make anything yet. Decisions, decisions!!! I would LOVE to win the goodies. Thanks so much for the chance to win them, and thanks to all the generous sponsors!

Lori said...

I really like the pouch. And the changes you made are wonderful. Love it when mother and daughter work together on a project. Thanks so much for sharing.

Paula said...

Your Embroidery Pouch is simply gorgeous!

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Debbie said...

Debbie, That is SO great!

fanfan said...

beautiful version of Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch, fabrics are beautifully chosen, I also really like the linen, patchwork flap of the inner bag I like, too, the vinyl bag is also very clever, I love the link you set to close the pocket
I enjoyed myself doing this ..

fran├žoise (Italy)

andri. said...

Thanks for giving us lots of tips! Yours turned out beautifully:D

Jacklynn said...

I really like how useful this project is - now I've really got to get this book! Thanks for the tips in construction, and thanks for the give away!

allierae said...

Cute embroidery pouch!

Marci Girl said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your project Debbie, the fabric, everything, so pretty! Makes me want to try the vinyl pocket, it looks so good and oh my the Briar Rose was such a good choice!

Debbie said...

I love the vinyl pocket. I just got the book and I can't wait to make one just like yours! Thanks

mary moon designs said...

Your project is so awesome. I hope mine turns out. going to go work on it now. The aurifil thread has got my name on it! (i hope) lol

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute, love your froggy centre :o)

Cary said...

A win!! Thank you so much. :)

dirtyard designs said...

Wow! Your Embroidery Pouch looks great! Thanks for sharing/ hosting!

trudys_person said...

I love your embroidery pouch! Perfect project! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Carmen N said...

I love how your project turned out - especially those vinyl pouches!

LJ said...

I so need a needlebook and this one looks great. The vinyl pockets are fabulous details.

treewytch said...

That is so beautiful - I have to make myself one. Thank you for showing us all and thanks for the give away :)

Franziska said...

That looks so nice. Makes me want to make my own, too. So the books worth buying it, right? Your project makes me think so. I'll take a look at the photos again.

Franziska said...

That looks so nice. Makes me want to make my own, too. So the books worth buying it, right? Your project makes me think so. I'll take a look at the photos again.

Melissa said...

I already had to buy the book:) I have really enjoyed all of the projects, especially your embroidery pouch. I really like the patchwork on the inside flap the best, I think! Thanks for inspiring me and for the chance to win some great "stuff!"

Jodie said...

Yours turned out really cute. Love it! Now I'm going to start making one...maybe I can finish before the end of the week for once!

Carmen said...

Yay, so much great stuff this week -- thanks so much, Debbie!

Ali said...

Hrm I was going to skip this because I'm in the middle of so many projects but you are making me waver!

Katherine said...

I'm in love. Seriously, Debbie, this is just gorgeous. Your changes were the cherry on top to this delicious design. Thanks for the heads up on the instructions. I don't know that I will get a chance this week to make one, but it's going on my list. ;o)

Jules Moreton-Ford said...

Love it.....wish I had found the Flickr group sooner, would have loved to join in with you all - i'll enjoy seeing everyone's take on this project :)

Jake said...

Wow! What a nice prize pack! I sure love your ties on the pouch. I much prefer making ties than the traditional button and loop...and goodness, avoiding any Velcro is always the plan.
Thanks for having such a great blog. When you posted the link to your very first blog, I spent hours and hours going thru all of them. You truly have one of the most interesting blogs in blog land. I always look forward to seeing your posts each day.

Becki said...

Thanks for your tips on making this project. I cannot WAIT to get my book and do the projects I've seen on the blogs. Thanks for the opportunity. Hope I'm the lucky gal!

LynneMcL said...

I love your fancy cut squares on the front and your addition of pockets. Very nice

Sheila said...

Your version is so pretty.

Joy said...

I really like the additional vinyl pocket...great idea!

hydeeannsews said...

nice work on the vinyl pockets! I like the ties, too. i'll keep those modifications in mind for when I finally get around to this project. someday. =)

Heidi Staples said...

This is absolutely darling, Debbie! I really want to make one of these!

BlueDog said...

Your version is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie
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Nicole said...

Very cute! love the frog in the middle!