On Saturday my Blue Eggs and Tea fat quarters arrived in the post and on Sunday I decided it was high-time I moved my sewing skills on beyond square cushions with no buttons or zips, so that I could do something nice with my trial fabrics. As it is, I plan to get help from my IG friend Emma to help me realise the more complicated plan of boxy bags with flat bottoms, but I wanted to see if I could also make a little something myself too.
So I searched for a bit of style inspiration on Pinterest and decided on a small fold over pouch. But me being me, I wanted to shake it up a bit so I went off piste and didn't use a pattern - I decided I wanted to use three different fabric scraps to practice on - a bird print, a navy stripe cotton and a navy corduroy - so I simply decided on the size and went from there, sketching out some plans on paper. The zipper I had was 8 inches and I thought it was 7 so I didn't get off to a great start by cutting the fabric too small. But no matter: I found a YouTube tutorial on cutting down zips so that worked out fine in the end.
After cutting the fabrics and sewing bits together based on intuition (always a bit dodgy) I searched online for a mix of tutorials that would help me make sure I sewed everything in the right order. You will be horrified to know it took me 4 hours to make this tiny pouch, but I got it right first time with no unpicking and no trauma. At the end I added on some of my spare clay beads from necklace trials. I quite like them on the zip!
I'm pretty proud. I doubt I'll ever get more advanced than this but it was nice to do a practice run so that maybe I can have a stab at making something out of my own material. I hope you like it!