Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pouch with a View Pattern

I'm very excited to announce the release of my new Pouch with a View pattern. It's been a whirlwind week of samples and testing! Take a peek here at the pouches my friend Ellyn tested and made in about 18 hours, including one with a teeny, tiny pieced hexies WIP she had on hand.

The pattern is available on Payhip and Etsy.

Pattern features include:
Four sizes (14" x 14", 11" x 11", 8" x 8", 5" x 5")
Vinyl window so you can see what is inside
Patchwork and plain panel exterior options for all sizes
Fully lined interior
Easy binding method (contrast binding is still an option)
Detailed step by step pictures and diagrams

Size comparison:

Some of my best ideas hit me out of nowhere like a hammer on the head. I was sitting on the sofa one night digging 1/2" hexies out of a gallon size Ziploc bag, and I was suddenly overcome with shame. I am a quilter, bag maker, owner of countless pouches. WHY am I using ugly plastic??? The answer was really that Ziploc bags are handy, and I didn't have a single pouch that was comparable, nor have I seen a pattern quite like the one that suddenly appeared in my head.

The exact moment of inspiration:

I dropped my hexies and grabbed a pencil to start drafting a pattern with three sizes. It was already late, and when I went to bed all I saw was patchwork and binding and vinyl and storage I can be proud to use in public. I woke up early and started sewing. I was so pleased that it worked out, and that I could use up some of the scraps that I am drowning in (hence all the 1/2" hexie basting and sewing). It's like a a hexie I Spy bag, and I love it so much.

I wasn't the only one who was struck with pouch fever. E NEEDED to have at least one of her own to store Barbie shoes or Polly Pocket accessories (really, those things are the devil to keep track of). And so I made a second large one in Tasha Noel Vintage Market fabric.

The large size easily holds two decades and three childrens' worth of Barbie accessories:

And a medium size in Bonnie and Camille Daysail:

And a small one in Bonnie and Camille Vintage Modern:

 And a small one with the tiniest patchwork ever:

Now added to the pattern, an extra large 14" x 14" pouch. It's the perfect size to store unfinished 12" quilt blocks.

These pouches are so fast to make, and really satisfying to stack, sort, fill. I hope you will give the pattern a try. Feel free to post your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #pouchwithaview