I’m in the midst of sewing up orders for Christmas gifts, and just catching up on things that I’ve promised people (check out the drowning post from yesterday) so that I can get a sense of levity about myself next week, and THIS idea pouch by Michelle Patterns just made my ENTIRE night. I love it. I love the pleats, I love the button, I love the blue and orange.
Once again, Michelle has given a pattern that is virtually impossible to mess up. Her photos are crisp, clear and labeled so that you know where to sew, and how to sew it. There are three pattern pieces, and this is the perfect way to use up scraps from larger projects (if you don’t have the need to fussy cut) and make matching items for bags and the such.
I used a blue cotton home decor fabric from Joann’s Fabrics and a orange polka dot quilting cotton for the lining. The pouch is padded with fleece interfacing and a thin layer of woven interfacing.
There are two pockets held together by that cute fabric button, which as you can see is purely for decoration, as the pouch closed with a magnetic snap. I do love the style of the outermost pocket because it’s pleated. Don’t know what it is about pleats, but that make my heart happy. In that pleated pocket is another pocket that you can format to hold pens, cords, attachments and even cell phones. The sky is the limit.
The second pocket is the perfect size for a device that is up to the size of an iPad or composition notebook in general. It’s perfect to carry on long road trips for the kids, or even on planes for adults.
One thing that I love about sewing, is being able to pick complimentary fabrics to use. We’re Bears fans out this way, AND Mr. Houseful and I went to colleges that used blue and orange as their colors, so it just seemed right to pull blue and orange together, and who doesn’t love polkadots? I mean, they make the world right. I topstitched with orange thread as well, and I think it certainly makes the blue pop.
Have you sewn this weekend? If so, share links to your posts, so I can visit! Here are a couple of pretty sweet versions of the idea pouch on Flickr as well. Enjoy! Thanks for coming through.