Pretty {little} Pouch ~Sent~

I’m all done!!  The Pretty {little} Pouch is on its way to…??

I made 2 practice pouches that taught me a LOT about pouches.  I hadn’t ever made one prior to doing this swap.  Here they are…

first practice pouchI used a pattern from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross for this one.  It turned out the right size.  I just really didn’t like using this pattern.  The inside seams just didn’t do it for me.  I wanted a fully lined pouch with no seams showing.  Also it was really difficult to line everything up, so it ended up a little wonky.  I gave this to W’s student teacher.  He loved her & will miss her very much.

second practice pouch  For the second one I used this tutorial.  It went smoothly, except that I made up my own dimensions.  I was stupidly delusional about how big this was going to end up.  I turned out to be about twice the size I thought it would be!  I love the fabrics (Joel Dewberry Aviary 2)  & like the embroidery.  (It reads “Choose happiness”) I gave this to Cassie.  She is using it as a knitting project bag & by happy accident her Nook fits in the bottom of it!  Her daughter told her it looks like a popcorn bag.  🙂  It’s true…

final pouchHere’s the final Pretty {little} Pouch.  It’s heavily influenced by this & this.

I kept trying to make my partner something just green & blue but I could NOT get inspired.  My partner had tons of Mendocino by Heather Ross (that’s the seahorse fabric) in her favorites on Flickr.
As soon as I noticed the Mendocino love in her favorites, I knew I had to do something with that.  I hope she really does like it!  I lined the pouch with the seahorse fabric & the back side has a couple of pieces of the mermaid fabric.  I didn’t want to use too much in case she really didn’t love it.  I had a lot of fun making this pouch! I almost didn’t want to send it away!  I can’t wait to see what she thinks!

back of final pouchThis is the back side.  My husband was like “uh… did you mean to make this side so plain?”  🙂

Well, yes honey, I did.

I thought the other side was a bit busy.   I’m one who needs a little calm.  So when you need a little calm, look at this side!  It’s a little weird that the fabrics wrap around the bottom & I wish I would have thought that out a little better.  I really like how the bottom turned out, but I can’t show it to you yet.  (Because my partner would figure out it’s hers!)

hand stitching on pouch

I was really nervous that this wasn’t going to turn out, but as soon as I was done sewing the boxy sides & turned it right side out, I knew it was right.  It turned out as good or better than I had expected.  I am really, really happy that I pushed myself to try some different things with this swap.  I  CAN NOT wait to see what someone made for me!  I am excitedly checking the mail everyday!  handle of pretty little pouch

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Choose Happiness

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been feeling down for the past week or so.  I’m just generally crabby, my days are getting away from me (I’m not accomplishing ANYTHING), when I wake up in the morning I just want to crawl back in bed.    I looked at the calendar yesterday & I realized it’s May.  Mother’s day is on Sunday.  My birthday is this month.  None of those things are exciting me like they normally would.  Hmm.. even my kickboxing class today wasn’t fun like normal.  (I mean it was still a great workout, just not FUN.)  I will make a conscious effort to correct that.  I have worked really hard since my heart surgery to not let depression overtake me.  I know a vast majority of people who undergo heart surgery have some difficulty with depression afterward.  I don’t want to be one of them.

I am tired of my heart problems holding me down.

I joined Pinterest.  Yup.  I did.  I kind of love it.  I am always coming across pictures I love but had no way of keeping track of them.  Now I do!  It’s pretty cool.  Go check out my pins.  (The picture above was found on Pinterest, this is the link to the site…  I still need to figure that out.  It seems like it would be pretty easy to forget to give credit to wherever you really found the picture.)

I’ve been working on my Pretty Little Pouch.  I had a flop.  I mean it was fine just not as nice as I would have liked it for the swap.  Here is a picture.

outside of practice pouch

I sent it off to W’s student teacher.  It’s her last day this week.  He loved her.  She made him love science & want to be an astronomer when he grows up.  I love her for that.

inside of pouchSome Amy Butler for the lining.

I used the Weekend-away Travel Bag pattern from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.  It was hard to line everything up at the end.  The pockets were dumb.  (They are at the bottom.  Not the sides.)  Otherwise I thought the pattern was good!  It was my first zipper EVER.  But I had no problems with the zipper.  That was a piece of cake.  I LOVE the linen outside, with the bright pop of green zipper & the shocking pink inside!

So I am now trying a fully lined box bag.  We shall see how that turns out.  I’m practicing some other elements on this pouch.  I am planning on giving this one to my wonderful friend Cassie.

choose happiness

Choose Happiness

I am hoping I have no difficulty with this one so I can move on to the real pouch for the swap.  I am so excited to be pushing myself to do things I want to do but just am too nervous to try usually.  I really thought that the fun of swaps would be the stuff you get.  I am quickly finding out that the challenge of it all is the real gift!