Monday, September 9, 2019

Paladin Pouch

Last week was super busy, and come the weekend, a new short-term project was a welcome diversion. I'd been eyeing Sara/Sew Sweetness' new Paladin Pouch pattern, marveling at its construction. With three separate compartments and an interior zipper pocket all protected by one top zip, it looked useful as well as intriguing.... I was really curious how the design came together!

I rummaged around in my stash for fabric, and happened upon a piece of hand-printed linen that I'd won from Salty Oat in a sewalong ages ago. Created by Sarah Waterhouse, this was the project I must have been saving it for. With a Carolyn Friedlander Architextures print for the lining, I was set. Considering my main fabric was a little heavier, I forewent the requested fusible fleece, and instead just interfaced the lining with Pellon SF-101.

Unfortunately my choices in zipper colors wasn't the greatest at my local shop, so I spruced up the beige with a leather tab a la Anna from Noodlehead. Oh yeah. Another tidbit about the zip - I mis-followed directions (user error!) and ended up without proper zipper stops at the other end, so added a bit of leather there too, so my pouch is special like that.

Meanwhile, the construction did indeed prove very interesting! I had treated myself to a version of Sara's pattern that included a video, and I'm glad I did. Kind of felt like Sara was there to hold my hand, especially during the tricky part of the final construction. haha

Anyway, all turned out great, the design IS ingenious, and at 10-1/2” long x 8” tall x 3-1/2” deep (the largest of three sizes available), the pouch is good and roomy. Even without the fusible fleece, it stands on its own, and is perfect for its intended use.


  1. I've been eyeing that pattern too! But I'm so glad you mentioned the dimensions. It's much bigger than I would have guessed. I'd thought to add a strap to it, for use as a wristlet... but it seems a mite too big for that. Still, I love Sarah's design concept, and your version of it is great! I'd call it a happy accident to add leather tabs at both ends. Your zipper pull is the perfect addition too. I love this! Do you know how you'll use it? Or are you giving it away?

  2. it's special all right! what a beautiful interesting pouch

  3. Sweet little tote. You'll get a lot of fun in there, and it will stay organized!!

  4. LOVE me some Sew Sweetness patterns and Sara is the BEST teacher!!!!!!!!!

  5. Love Sew Sweetness too. But making quilts is my first love in sewing.