Me Made May: Petal Pouch

Let’s talk about another pattern I get a LOT of mileage out of: the Petal Pouch by Noodlehead.


When it comes to bags, Anna’s patterns are always HIGH on my list.

I always think pouches are really useful – and they make great gifts/reusable gift wrapping. In fact, I have a feeling that I’ll be gifting a bunch of these, and can imagine them with a pretty ribbon tied around them.

But first I wanted to test the pattern out myself.

The petal pouch in action: at work! 

I used some leftover fabric for the exterior from my Have It All Wallet from Hawthorne Threads. It makes for a sweet matching set in my purse! The interior is some leftover Cotton + Steel I had from another favorite  bag project.

I made the large size pouch, and it has PLENTY of room. I am currently not making use of all of the space, but it would definitely have enough for a weekend away toiletries kit, or a tech pouch for chargers and the like. It’s a very useful size.

My only alteration when I make this the next time? I might try to use an exterior fabric with a little more body – like a canvas (maybe even a waxed canvas?). I had also thought about using some fusible fleece to help it stand up a little more. I also might try my hand at a jeans zipper, because I love the heft of them and the gold teeth always add a bit of luxe to the look of pouches.

The pattern is really well written. My stitching wasn’t perfect, but I’m okay with it as a first pass. My only major stumble was figuring out the darts, but I think that had more to do with my overnight working brain being a little sleepy.

Me Made May: Have It All Wallet

I’m participating in “Me Made May” – it’s an opportunity to showcase making garments and items yourself, instead of relying on ready-to-wear items. What I love about this is that when you make your own clothes or bags, you really understand the work that goes into them and you take care of them. You choose the materials, and I have found that this really helps me focus on making sure I use the fabric I buy effectively. If you want more info, you can read all about Me Made May in more detail here.

One thought I had about Me Made May was to feature some of my makes that give me the most mileage.

One of those has to be the Have it All Wallet  by Oliver + S.

This is a pretty great beginner project, my only true advice is to choose your heavy interfacing wisely. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)

 

 

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As you can see, this wallet has room for all of the essentials, and plenty of pockets to stash cash, receipts, even room for a checkbook. (Does anyone still write paper checks?)

Ha. You can still see my yellow chalk pen marks! 

I used some fabric from Hawthorne Threads – it’s a collection of their own line of quilting cottons called Pura Vida  

The pattern calls for use of heavyweight interfacing to give the wallet some body. I used some very stiff sewn in interfacing I found at Joann and I wasn’t wild about it. Firstly, my machine had a lot of trouble sewing through it. (I have a Bernina 560, and I think this interfacing needed a sharper needle) I wasn’t really able to troubleshoot this issue, because I still don’t have that much experience working with bags and interfacing so I just kind of winged it. The pattern also suggests toptstiching around the edge of the wallet. I love topstitching because it gives things that nice, professional, finished look but that was not going to happen with my machine so I left it out.

I really love how this turned out, and I smile every time I open up my purse to grab my wallet.

 

An introduction

Hello!

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I thought I’d try my hand at blogging because I love to write, and in the past year I’ve learned to love to sew.

Just last year a make space opened up near where I live. Stitch Sew Shop has become my home away from home. I took a primer, and then took a class to make my very first garment in July 2016. After that garment, I was hooked. I bought my sewing machine in December from the lovely folks at Finch Knitting & Sewing Studio in Leesburg, VA. Ever since then I’ve been a making machine.

 

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Me, during a weekend workshop at Stitch! 

My sewing is very much at the mercy of my work schedule, which changes (a lot). I work as a producer for a morning news program – so sometimes I am working in the middle of the night and sleeping whenever I can. But I’m hoping to have regular posts on what I’m making and thoughts on various makes and whatever else I’m up to (usually it’s pretty crafty!)