Friday, December 27, 2019

Other Small Makes

Looking back, I apparently started my pre-holiday sewing with a Pop Open Pouch, pattern by Aneela Hoey. I think I was really celebrating having finished my Modular quilt by trying a new pattern - something small and doable in a couple of hours. This pouch totally fit the bill, at 10" x 5"x 5", a great size and the pop-open design is really clever!

Fabric is all Carolyn Friedlander, which I love to pair for pouches.

And finished off with a leather pull and zipper tab, it became my new favorite and since I had the perfect use for it, I gifted it to myself. It's good to do that sometimes!

As always, I had ambitious plans for all the reusable fabric gift-bags I'd make. First were a handful using s.o.t.a.k handmade's drawstring bag tutorial, which I've made so many of, I have it memorized.

Then were a few using the Lined Drawstring Bag pattern + Expansion Pack from Jeni Baker. I especially love the new Mini Accent variation, like the two on either side of the basic bag below. Though they're all so great for gift-giving, and truth is I made a couple more that got used so quick I didn't get a photo.

Next up was a set of potholders that I hadn't planned until I saw Allison/@allisonehs post, inspired by a pattern in Modern Rainbow by Bryan House Quilts. They looked so perfect for what I needed, I stopped by my bookshelf for my copy of the book, then headed straight to my stash, where I happened across a "Strip-It Bundle" of Ombre Hand Dyes by Marcus Fabrics. It'd been there a while, obviously saved for this project. Made for someone who loves the ocean, the varying blues were just right. I loved them with that gray Essex, and quilted the potholders with straight lines.

I used the full width of the strips to piece backs for the potholders, and then found the ombre to be perfectly perfect for the binding.

On I went to make a sweet and small Wee Braw Bag, using Laura Cunningham's pattern, which I'd made a few times before, so I knew it would be enjoyable.

It's fun to pick out fabric for these, and I coordinated everything to go with that Rifle Paper Co. floral. Super sweet.

And finally, a Boxy Pouch, the original size in Pink Stitches' tutorial. Waxed Canvas is perfect for this pouch, in my humble opinion, and though I didn't get a photo, it's lined with a handsome print from Carolyn Friedlander's Instead. And again, a bit of leather lacing is the perfect finish.

So I think that catches you up on December's "special" sewing. Now I'll head to that WIP pile and see what else I need to finish up....


  1. beautiful gifts, I'm, sure all of the recipients were so thankful!

  2. These are great makes, Debbie! Bags, pouches, totes and potholders all make good gifts, and I'm glad to hear you kept something for yourself too. Your leather strips are really nice as zipper pulls. Do you order that online? Or do you have a local source for them? I too will be focusing on my WIP pile in 2020. Though I don't have too many - by my standards anyway! :-) - they are my priority. Have fun with yours!

  3. These bags are all beautiful. I love that waxy boxy bag.!! Headed over to get that pop open pouch pattern now.

  4. It's so fun sometimes to make something other than a quilt isn't it.

  5. These are all wonderful projects Debbie. I really love the pot holders with their nice minimalist design.

  6. Great little makes! I need to start thinking about using my stash for smaller projects like these more often. They just aren't the first thing that comes to mind. Wising you the best for 2020.

  7. Love all of the little bits and pieces. The bags and the potholders are so perfect for using up stash and scraps. Happy 2020

  8. Fun projects! The WeeBrawBag is my one sewn Christmas present too :)