This & That

The Maddilyn Pouch

What turned out to be a cute zippered pouch, was not an easy feat! I’ve made a good number of bags and pouches, but have now realized I depend on a detailed pattern with clear instructions and illustrations or photos. This is especially necessary with three-dimensional projects. In general I trust the process that the bag will all come together, but when the pattern isn’t clear I have many more doubts along the way making for a stressful time! This pattern didn’t have enough detail for me so I found it very difficult to follow.

I do love the style of the pouch. The vinyl pocket in the front is what interested me enough to buy it and the glitter vinyl that came in my kit really makes it fun! The Large size I made will hold a lot, so I’m happy with that as well.

I made some modifications along the way as I was trying to figure out the construction. I used By Annie’s Soft and Stable instead of the heavy interfacing it called for because I know Soft and Stable makes a bag stand up great! I decided to quilt the main fabric to the Soft and Stable since it isn’t fusible like the pattern called for. I also added SF101 interfacing to the zipper strip pieces because I felt that they needed more stability to hold up against wear. I regret not adding interfacing to the handle to make it a little stiffer, but the pattern didn’t call for it and I didn’t think of it at the time!

All in all, a nice looking pouch, but, man, I had troubles following the instructions along the way and was genuinely surprised it turned out the way it did!

Finished Size: 10" x 14" (Large) 
Pattern: The Maddilyn Pouch by This & That

One Hour Pouch

What a quick and easy project! This One Hour Pouch from Millie P’s Quilt Shop is true to its name. I don’t usually sew very fast, so I was skeptical this would only take an hour, but it really did go fast.

After quilting the exterior and interior fabrics to Soft and Stable, the assembly is a breeze thanks to the 18″ Zippity Do Done Zipper the pattern calls for. I had never used one of these special zippers before and was very impressed with the process. The zipper has a built-in casing in which you simply put the edge of the bag body between the casing and top stitch it down. No need to create separate zipper strips, avoiding the multiple steps it usually takes to install a zipper. I will definitely use these zippers again!

This is a great, easy pouch that would be perfect to give as a gift! Millie P’s includes this pattern with their One Hour Pouch kits which are sold on their online shop.

Finished Size: 7" height x 7.5" wide x 2.5" depth
Pattern: One Hour Pouch by Millie P's Quilt Shop
Fabric: Sew Now! Sew Wow! by Alexander Henry Fabrics

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Moto Pouches

What better way to celebrate my birthday than by completing eight Moto pouches! Yes, today is my big day and I finished up the last of these pouches for my Girl Scout troop. Well, seven are for them and one is for me to hold my troop leader gear! I started leading my daughter’s troop this year and with all the virtual Zoom meetings we had to endure due to the pandemic, the girls deserve a fun end-of-the-year gift.

When set out to start this project I already had all the supplies I needed. I had found this Junior badges fabric at Joann’s in the clearance section for 80% off awhile ago. I didn’t know what I’d do with it at the time, but the price was right so I grabbed a few yards! It’s flannel but works surprisingly well for a pouch. I also used two different lining fabrics and zippers from my stash.

This was a fairly quick make thanks to the great pattern instructions and follow-along video from Sew Sweetness. I made these assembly line style, which I feel is the most efficient way to go when you want to make a lot of the same thing!

I experimented a bit by applying OdiCoat Waterproof Gel to the lining fabrics. This way the bags can easily be wiped clean if the girls put toiletries or something messy inside them. This was my first time using OdiCoat and I was very impressed with it! You can feel that the lining has a different texture. I’ll definitely use it again.

I wanted to add a little something extra to the pouches and found these Pop-It toy keychains. Fidget toys are all the rage right now with these girls, so I know they’ll be excited for this bonus gift. These will be fun zipper pulls for the bags.

Finished Size: Large - 9-1/2” long x 5” tall x 2-1/2” wide
Pattern: Moto pouch from the Minikins Season One Bundle by Sew Sweetness
Fabric: Girl Scouts Junior Badges flannel from Joann Fabrics
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Sew Sweetness – Zeppelin Pouches

Sometime the guys need a handmade gift too! I picked out this more “manly” pouch to give my husband and my brother for Christmas gifts. I kept the outside plain, but found a couple fun linings to use inside!

I love the shape of this bag. It’s deep and it holds a lot!

Finished Size: 10.5" long x 6.5" tall x 5.5" wide
Pattern: Zeppelin Pouch from Minikins Season One by Sew Sweetness