Friday 15 February 2013

Sweet Pouch Swap...

Early in January, I signed up for the Sweet Pouch Swap, over at Sew Delicious... make a zippered pouch, pop in some chocolates or sweets and put it in the post for our assigned partner, by Friday, 15th February.

As I often do, I procrastinated till the eleventh hour. I wasn't short on inspiration, as the Sweet Pouch Pinterest board was full of ideas. I just couldn't decide on the fabric to use. It's hard enough choosing fabric for me, but when it's for someone else, it's much harder. Today, the day before the deadline, sorting through my fabric, I hoped something would jump out at me and it did.

I was intrigued when I came across this fabric somewhere on the Internet quite some time ago... probably on a blog, but I can't recall. Not so long ago, a friend who was destashing gave me some of this fabric I'd read about... or at least, I thought it was the same fabric. A quick Google search and I found the fabric on Spoonflower; Felt Houses, by Julia Monroe.

When she was 12 years old, Julia created an art work, comprising felt houses on burlap (or hessian as we call it in Australia), glued to a laundry detergent box. 40 years later, she scanned the original artwork and had it printed at Spoonflower. How amazing is that and how lucky am I to have been given some.

I've used the Perfect Zip Bags pattern, by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson. The first time I made a zippered bag using this pattern, I made version A. This time, I've made version C.

The instructions are clear and easy to follow, with lots of photos for every step. When it comes to inserting the zipper on any pouch, however, I have to read and re-read the instructions. The zipper instructions are slightly different to the last pouch I made, a gathered clutch, in that the stitching doesn't go through the main fabric, the zipper and the lining all in one go. If you look closely at the photo, there is no stitching on the lining near the zipper.

Zippers on skirts, pants or dresses are not scary, as I've been sewing them since my teens, but a zipper on a lined pouch is another story. They don't scare me, but it takes me a while to work it out each time.

I do like the finish of the tabs on the ends of the zipper. It makes for a nice finish at the corners.

I added a little flower charm and a zipper pull.

I've enjoyed sewing this little bag, knowing that it will be travelling to the other side of the world, from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. Inside are lollies and chocolate. Tomorrow, no today (it's 2.13am), after I have a sleep, I'll send it on its way via Australia Post. Hopefully in 2 -3 weeks, my partner will receive it. I do hope you like it!!!

When I wake up, I'll add my zippered bag to the Sew Delicious Sweet Pouch Swap Flickr group. I've been looking through those already added, wondering if the one I will receive has been added. I'll also add it to the Purses, Clutches and Pouches collection here on Threading My Way.

This is the first swap I've ever participated in. Thanks so much, Ros, for all the time and work in organising this swap.

... Pam


  1. That is one darling little pouch. I like the story behind the fabric (which is perfect for a pouch!).

  2. Love it.. love the fabric and the fact it was created from a childhood workpiece.

    It was my first swap too! Fun.

  3. So adorable! Isn't it great when you find the perfect project to show off fab fabric?

  4. I love that fabric - at first glance I thought you had spent hours with felt and scissors, lol! That's a great pouch! I have that pattern (won it in a giveaway!) but haven't used it yet (other than using her sizing for a pouch I was making @ Christmas) :

  5. I love that fabric! What a great zippered pouch! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. You are not the only one to procrastinate. I just sent mine off yesterday!!

  7. Awe such a beautiful pouch and a wonderful story to go with it..I'm sure it will be loved...This too was my first swap and I have enjoyed it 100%..Thanx for sharing.

  8. oh what a fun story behind the fabric! and your zipper tabs look absolutely perfect - much better than mine! lol.

  9. Love it Pam! I love those little charms for zippers, I must get some! Great story about the fabric too :) Thanks so much for being a part of it!

  10. Your pouch is BEAUTIFUL !!!! I like everything, the fabric, the colors, the zipper, the lining, ... all about this pouch. I'm sure the person who will receive this pouch, will be happy to get a gift like that. Thanks for the links to the other sites, all very interesting. I finally bought the Perfect Zip Bags pattern pattern, by Elizabeth Hartman from Oh Fransson. When there are good tutorials, I can not stop buying them!
    Marisa from

  11. We call it hessian rather than burlap too, but I'm pretty sure that's Aida - the cloth used for cross stitch. I too thought you'd been busy with the felt, it really does look 3 dimensional. Great pouch Pam!

  12. Pam, what a sweet little bag! You did a very nice job! I love that you are always creating for other people; you have such a generous spirit!

    Thanks for sharing at A New Creation link party!

  13. What a beautiful bag and I thought is was actually felt pieces until I read about it! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  14. That is really cute! I love the burlap look without needing to actually sew it. I am sure your partner will love it.

  15. How fun! I love that fabric and it has such a great story behind it! That pouch is so cute, I'm sure your benefactor will love it!
    Thanks for linking up!

  16. So lovely! Gorgeous fabric and details!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  17. What a gorgeous little pouch Pam! That fabric is amazing!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  18. I love it! I got it on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The LifeSavers Fruit Tingles are the best. We don have those in Michigan.

  19. Aww that's lovely Pam, how cool that you included lollies that are unavailable there. The story of the fabric is great, you were indeed fortunate to come across some, but it doesn't surprise me that you did; good things happen to those with such a generous nature ;)

  20. Love it and the original fabric! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  21. Love the story behind the felt houses, I hope you get a bag that's just as intriguing as yours! The bag is lovely!

    1. Thanks, Krystie. This is my first swap, so I'm waiting excitedly for the bag that's been sent to me.


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