September 15, 2013

Zippy Little Pouches for Across The Pond Sew Along

Thirty days hath September...
and half of them are past already!
Time to get busy on this month's theme for 
the Across The Pond Sew Along!

for September was Key-Ring Pouches.

Amanda, The Patchsmith gave some suggestions
for making super-cute and functional
key-ring pouches using free tutorials from Erin

Little did Amanda know that I had already
made a few of these cute little
Earbud Pouches, using Erin's free pattern!

 I gave away two of them, without taking photos,
but here's the one I kept for myself.

It's very small, but I can actually even fit a jumpdrive
and an SD card in there, too.

that I made for myself last year.
The tote bag was made from my own PDF pattern

I clipped my earbud pouch onto my tablet cover,
which was made using my own PDF pattern

{I used a coordinating print instead of linen this time, and I added a skinny strap.}

These earbud pouches are fun to make
and would be great gifts for teens, too!

I had a bit of free time today for sewing,
and in about an hour, I had already completed
my first Easy Zippy Pouch,
also from the Dog Under My Desk blog.

Amanda's version was tiny and sweet,
just large enough for some essentials like some
cash and a credit card.

Amanda's key-ring pouch...just adorable inside and out!
I decided to super-size my pouch...
so I can hold my cell phone, some money,
and maybe even a few more small items.

{My finished pouch measures 5" x 6 1/2".}

I chose two prints from Denyse Schmidt's fabric made for JoAnn.
The colors are really soft and pretty...gray and turquoise,
with just a touch of navy blue.

I don't usually quilt the fabrics for my bags and pouches,
but as the tutorial recommended,
I stitched some free-form zigzags...
and I am really pleased with the finished effect!

For such a simple tutorial,
the details make it look impressive!
A bright turquoise zipper really adds some zing.

I used a tiny lobster clasp instead of a plain D-ring,
and I can clip my keys on and off easily to this pouch.

It's so important to make little pouches pretty on the inside.
I really love the texture that the quilting adds!

{There's my little label, properly positioned.  Believe me when I say, that took a lot of thought!}

I'm going to make more of these cute little pouches
as soon as possible.
It will be fun to go through my zipper stash
and use some of the show-offs I've been saving!

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  1. Nice pouches Amy. I especially like the quilting on it.

  2. These are lovely! You've given me some inspiration to try one...or three!

  3. Beautiful!! I don't remember seeing this DS fabric. I'll have to go on a search. I really like it!

  4. So very cute! I am going to have to make mine next!
    The quilting is nice on it.

  5. I love your pouch!!! I can very happily say I will get my Across the Pond project done before the end of September! I'm so excited!! And thanks...again...for always being such an inspiration!! xoxo

  6. Making your pouch a little bit bigger is a great idea! I'm always trying to fit too much into a little space - LOL! Love how it turned out!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter


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