Friday, 6 February 2015

Crazy Patchwork Open Wide Pouches...

A couple of weeks ago I showed you some crazy patchwork blocks. After sewing the crazy patchwork blocks, I came to the realisation that combining fabrics and colours is something that I need to practise. It's not as easy as I thought it would be.

Crazy Patchwork Open Wide Pouches - Threading My Way


My sincere thanks to everyone who left a comment. I really appreciate your honesty and you gave me a lot to think about when I next use small scraps to make a patchwork block. As I expected, there were differing opinions due to personal preferences.

Crazy Patchwork Open Wide Pouches - Threading My Way

I've used all four blocks to make two open wide zippered pouches, using Noodlehead's free tutorial. I absolutely adore the first pouch in the lighter colours. I loved the crazy patchwork blocks this was made from, so was not at all surprised the pouch turned out as well as it did.


The second pouch did surprise me. The photo above shows the block that I thought was just so, so. I really like this side of the pouch, much more than I thought I would. Not as much as the lighter coloured one, though. For some reason or another, it looks more balanced now.


The photo above shows the other side of the pouch, using the block I did not like. I still don't particularly like it, but it works better now that less of it can be seen. Again, it appears more balanced on the pouch.

I was going to change this block or even make another, but I ended up using it without any alterations. I have a hard time changing something once I think it's finished. I'd rather learn from my mistakes and use the new skills in future projects. I'm keeping it for me and I'll always face the side I'm not so keen on to the back.

Crazy Patchwork Open Wide Pouches - Threading My Way

I trimmed each block to 10" x 8", making the pouches 1" taller than the tutorial. As you can see, with the phone for perspective, it's a very roomy pouch. 


I do like the way the zippers sit using the open wide zippered pouch tutorial. Yes, the zip construction allows the bag to be opened right up, but it also looks neat when it's closed.


The pouch I adore is a just because present for a friend. I'm going to have a hard time giving it away.


... Pam

14 comments:

  1. I would have a hard time giving it away, too, Pam. It sure turned out cute!

    Happy weekend,
    Kelley~

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  2. I love how they turned out especially as they're in my favourite colours.

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  3. I think when you're looking at a single you're focused on ONLY that block - what you like about it, what you don't like about it. When it's part of a project - a quilt, or a zipper bag, or a wallhanging etc., the block isn't the focus - the project is, and each individual component is only a small cog in the wheel. It's kind of like looking at a block with a booboo - it's all you can see when you look at the block, but when you put the block with other blocks, the booboo pretty much disappears because it's just one component of many.

    I think both bags are lovely :)

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  4. These bags are beautiful and so fun to see your crazy patchwork!
    Susie

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  5. Hi Pam!! I really like your pouches .... could not choose. I love to use remaining fabrics to create crazy patchwork, you did a nice job with your pouches, I like all the combinations you've done. I'm sure your friend will love you gift !!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Love your little pouches Pam, what a great scrapbuster. I've pinned this tutorial to make some for myself - I've plenty of scraps to use up! Thanks for sharing this.

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  7. The pouches look great Pam, just goes to show that there is beauty even in so called "ugly" blocks :)

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  8. I finished making several scrappy pouches just last month too. I haven't got around to posting them yet, but I will this week. Don't you love using up your scraps Pam for something useful and beautiful too? Your friend will love the pouch.

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  9. Mixing fabric and prints is something that scares me a little.

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  10. I really like the darker one, but blue is my favorite color! I think they both look great.

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  11. I really struggle with the crazy patchwork or quilt as you go. I just like things too orderly and exact and struggle to go with the flow. I love your examples!! I've heard a trick to take a photo in black and white to see your contrast but I'm not sure that would work when this is suppose to be unplanned!!

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  12. What sweet little pouches, I have to confess I'm having a hard time seeing what was wrong with any of the blocks - all looks very pretty to me and a lovely way to use scraps.

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  13. These are great, love them :)

    Thanks for sharing #CreativeMondays

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