Mini Wristlet Zip Pouch

As much as I like a zip pouch, I quickly grow tired of the basic pouch with a zipper along the top edge. So I’ve been trying to mix it up a little bit, yet still keep it simple.  When I saw this tutorial over at Javajem Knits, I knew this would be my next zip pouch.  Jody’s tutorial is for a larger pouch than I needed, so I modified the size and cut my fabrics as follows:

Front portion above the zipper – 1-1/2″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Front portion below the zipper – 2-3/4″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Back – 4-1/4″ x 5″ (again, 1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)

The finished size of my pouch is approximately 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Credit cards fit into it nicely.

For my strap, I cut a 10-1/2″ x 2″ strip, and ran it through my 1″ tape maker to fold it before pressing into a 1/2″-wide strip and topstitching the edges. 

I made my first pouch slightly narrower, forgetting that the head of the zipper would take up a little space and make the opening smaller.  It’s a tight squeeze for a credit card, so I cut the pieces for my remaining pouches 5″ wide.  And somehow, I didn’t notice that I cut my strap too long, so it ended up way too long to stay easily on my wrist.  To shorten it, I simply tied a knot in the end, and I really like the way it looks.  The side tab on my test pouch didn’t help me much with opening and closing the zipper, so I left it off all the others.  But if I make this in a larger size, I’ll probably include the tab.

Go ahead and try a few of these!  They’re easy and require very little fabric, and make nice little purse organizers or a way to carry some cash and a credit card without hauling around a larger bag.

Tutorial: Cell Phone Pouch

This simple little cell phone pouch was born from my need to keep my phone permanently attached to my body in case someone calls me for  a job interview.  I have a slider phone with very sensitive soft keys on the front, and I’ve accidentally dialed up the internet while carrying it in my pocket, so a pouch is essential.  I’ve been using another pouch I made last year, but I’ve had to tie the strap to my belt loop, and it either comes untied, or my phone topples out of the top when I’m sitting down.  I wanted something that would attach securely to the belt loop of my jeans, instead of a belt, because I don’t wear belts much, and with a flap to keep the phone safe.   [Read more...]

Tutorial: Scrappy Pieced Scarf

With the holiday season closing in on us, I thought some more tutorials might be useful to those of you who like to handcraft your gifts.

The first new tutorial I have for you is the basic Scrappy Pieced Scarf. This scarf can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it.  This is a great way to use up scraps in your fabric stash, and the instructions can easily be adapted for charm packs, leftover quilt blocks, or fabric strips. In the directions here, I’ll be working with simple, unpieced sections of fabric, but I encourage you to be creative and to experiment. [Read more...]

How-To: Easy Eyeglass Case

Easy Eyeglass Case

In less than a year, I’ve gone from horribly nearsighted, to both horribly nearsighted and needing reading glasses with my contact lenses.  As a result, I’ve got reading glasses all over the place — in my purse, on my computer table, on the coffee table, everywhere!  This is not only because I don’t want to be running up and down the stairs every time I need to see up close, but also because there are so many stylish and inexpensive reading glasses available. Since they usually come without a case, I’ve been leaving them out in the open, but they’re vulnerable to things like curious cats, propeller-like dog tails that can easily sweep everything off the coffee table, and of course, my own clumsiness.

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How-To: Quilted Bookcover

Quilted bookcover

Maybe one of these days I’ll show you what’s usually in my bag, but I’m afraid you’ll be so put off by the mess that you’ll never come back here.  I will tell you that it always contains a book.  Since most of my books come from the library, I realized that it might not be a good idea to leave them floating around unprotected in my bag, so I’ve started making bookcovers to keep them safe.  The quilted bookcover pictured above is sized to fit a thick mass market paperback, but you can make these in any size you like.

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