Now that my grad school applications are submitted and I'm just waiting and waiting and waiting, I've had some more time for fun stuff. Or rather, stuff I want to do. Egged on by the pretty fabrics I saw (and purchased) in San Francisco recently, I decided I wanted to sew a few clothing items. But before I take on anything that needs to fit and flatter, I needed to get my sewing mojo back. So I tackled a smaller, more manageable project aka Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch.
The tutorial is very well written and easy to follow. Plus it's a fast project that creates something useful. I'd definitely recommend reading the instructions before you begin. Ask me how I know.
It literally took me a whole night just to decide on fabrics. I just couldn't decide what looked good. I finally settled on scraps from a quilt I made in 2012. Which incidentally still needs binding. Ahem.
Anyway, I love these colors together, but because they are all solids I thought the bag needed something more. I quilted the back on the diagonal....it's just some cotton batting sandwiched between the outer fabric and some muslin. After quilting the back, I couldn't handle that much quilting again so I only added a bit to the patchwork front. I kinda like the differentiation.
I ended up modifiing the size of the 'Large' so that it was taller. I have plenty of small pouches, so I wanted a project bag for a cowl I am knitting. 14" x 14" pattern pieces ended up working perfectly.
The lining is some Amy Butler fabric I picked up at a fabric warehouse in San Francisco. Not a perfect match color wise, but it's pretty.
I added a little leather tie to the zipper...it ended up being my favorite part.
See my knitting project? I'm knitting the Chevron Stripe Cowl with Anzula Sebastian on my Dyakcraft needles. Dreamy!