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.