I have a well documented (on Instagram) love of all things with zippers – pouches, cases, zippy bags, purses, etc. One of the first pouches I made after I got back into sewing was the Boxy Pouch by Pink Stitches. I first tried this pattern/tutorial for Christmas presents for family in late 2014. I found it on Pinterest and it had been on my to-do list for a while.
I love this pattern and tutorial. It is really easy to follow and has repeatable, lovely results. I would say it is best for an advanced beginner or intermediate sewist since some techniques will be easier if you have some experience with zipper insertion and other construction techniques. I’ve used fusible fleece or ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable for the structure of the bag with great results. The pattern is also easily scale-able if you have a particular size in mind.
Medium and large boxy pouch made in Garden Bouquet in Violet (Patty Sloniger, Michael Miller)
Medium and Large boxy pouches in Garden Bouquet in Burgandy (Patty Sloniger, Michael Miller)
These pouches were well-received by their recipients, so I continued to make a few more for myself and other friends. I made two for my gym bag using the two colorways of Rashida Coleman-Hale’sGamaguchi print from Mochi (Cotton + Steel). The fabric was perfect for my make-up, hair products, and other accouterments for early morning workouts.
Medium and large boxy pouch for my gym bag
Definitely give this pattern and tutorial a try if you haven’t yet. It’s easy to follow and an excellent project for an advanced beginner sewist.
A colleague had a lovely baby girl named Winslow recently and I made her a baby quilt to celebrate. I pulled out pink and purple fabrics from my stash and set to work. I chose a purple flannel for the backing that would be soft and cozy for the new little bundle of joy. For the front, I combined a pink, plaid flannel with eight pink cotton prints. I chose a simple checkerboard design with the plaid flannel dispersed throughout.
As with all my baby quilts, I machine bound the edges. I always feel this is more secure and up to the task of many washes and tougher use. I used a decorative leaf stitch with variegated pink thread.
Baby quilt for Winslow with solid purple back ground and pink checkerboard front
Binding detail with leaf stitch
Dimensions: 42″ (l) x 42″ (w), approximately
Fabrics/Notions: Pink plaid and purple marbled flannel from Jo-ann’s, assorted pink quilting cottons, Aurifil pink variegated thread for binding. Assembly: Pieced, quilted, and bound on home machine
A very good friend was expecting her second child – first daughter – and I wanted to make a special quilt for this little one. The mother-to-be told be early on she was thinking of a white and gold themed nursery with some other color accents to be determined.
Awhile ago I saw a Crinkle Quilt pattern from the Moda Bake Shop by Palak of Make it Handmade that I’ve had in the back of my mind for awhile. I thought this would be a fun way to showcase Violet’s beautiful fabric while give the quilt some texture for the new bundle of joy. I adapted the pattern to make a larger quilt with more rows of gathered fabric.
Detail of gathering and quilting
Front of gathered teal and coral baby quilt
A tip if you’re interested in gathering strips like this: use a serger with differential feed capabilities. This allowed me to simply feed the assembled strip of fabric to be gathered and the serger took care of the gathering for me. My inexpensive serger had this feature, so it should be fairly easy to find.
Dimensions: 64″ (l) x 40″ (w), approximately Fabrics on Front: Violet Craft’s Brambleberry Ridge Coral Palette (12 fabrics), Art Gallery Solid Elements in Snow. Fabrics on Back: Violet Craft’s Brambleberry Ridge Coral Palette (12 fabrics), an older Riley Blake print. Assembly: pieced, quilted, and bound on home sewing machine and serger