Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pretty {little} Pouch Swap

Awhile back, this cute little button appeared on my blog.  And, though I wanted to, I didn't have a moment to spare to tell you about the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap.  My friend, Michelle, twisted my arm that I had better play along.  Just kiddin.  Really, I was enticed by dreams of a metal clasp pouch of my very own....

Most swaps are managed on Flickr.  Those that participate must have an active Flickr account, which just means that you occasionally upload photos of your sewing into your Flickr photostream.  The organizers of the swap create a Flickr group and those that want to join the swap join the Flickr group, fill out an entry form and create a inspiration mosaic.

Here's mine:

::Inspiration:: for Pretty {little} Pouch Swap


Most swaps are blind swaps - so you have no idea who will make something for you.  The organizers assign you a partner that you stitch for, your partner is assigned to someone else, etc.  The inspiration mosaic gives the person who is creating your gift a good idea of what you'd like to receive.  Also, the entry form includes crucial info like your favorite colors, any strong dislikes, etc. As you can see, my inspiration mosaic is full of color and contains just a few metal clasp pouches.  Hint, hint....

So, I haven't received my swap gift yet, but today I sent out what I made for my partner.  Here's what I started with, prompted by her notes on favorite colors and fabrics:

Pretty Pouch in Progress

See that? A regular zipper! I had never done one before, which is another great thing about swaps - you stretch yourself.  Before I had chosen fabrics, I stopped by Hancocks to pick up zippers.  They weren't on sale.  Those buggers cost $2 each!  And, since I didn't know what color I'd want, I bought 6 for $12, figuring I'd like a few at home for future projects.



And then I got to thinking - $2 each, really?  On I went to Etsy to see if I could find a better deal.  Oh, yes, so much!  At Zipit, I could buy 25 zippers in an enticing rainbow of colors for $12 including shipping.  That's 50 cents each!  So, you know exactly what I did.  And I'm glad to have a nice selection of zippers on hand, because driving to the store to spend $2 on a zipper is not my idea of a great way to start any project.  Zipit has lots of zippers in sizes from short to long. But, they don't have invisible zippers. That would be a good addition!

On to the pouch making.  Here's what I came up with for my partner.

Little Pouch

And the other side.

Little Pouch

It's a simple 9-patch pouch design from Rashida's book I Love Patchwork. Thanks, Rashida, for walking me through my first regular zipper. It worked out just fine!

lining

Lined with a cotton duck "premier print" dandelion fabric from Fabric.com. Great as a sturdy lining! By the way, Fabric.com says to wash in "mild detergent" and let air dry these premier print fabrics. Despite their warning, I decided to prewash like normal, including a machine dry. Can't tell that a thing happened, folks.

zipper pull by Zipit

And finished with a cutie zipper pull made by Zipit.   I hope my partner likes it!

for my partner - Pretty {Little} Pouch Swap

Snuck in a little extra something  (coasters, hand-quilted) that I thought she might like too.

So, that's my outgoing swap. Can't wait to get my package! I'm glad I got this mailed first though, so that I can completely enjoy my surprise when it arrives. If you'd like to join in, check out the Pretty {little} Pouch Swap page. I believe they're planning on another round open to new members!

40 comments:

  1. Your partner is going to completely adore it - very cute indeed. Love your inspiration mosaic..aren`t metal clasp purses the best?

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  2. Wow, that turned out great! Love the hand stitching on it!

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  3. oh rachel, i love it! what a beautiful pouch you made, and your inspiration mosaic - just gorgeous. I bought myself a metal frame and haven't had the courage to make something for myself with it yet. zipit has the best zippers, she's so awesome (and from WI, haha love that)

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  4. You just made my day! I put in my first zipper a few weeks ago and have been so obsessed that I am nearly broke from buying all those colorful zippers...now I know where to get them!

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  5. So cute!!! I love the fabrics and stitching. I've also used the premier prints fabrics (for my goodie bag swap) and I washed and dried as usual with no ill effects.

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  6. Ooh that turned out beautifully - lucky, lucky recipient!

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  7. Swaps are so much fun. I love the pouch you made, and the coasters are a great extra! I'm still working on mine; I can't believe the deadline is almost here already!

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  8. beautiful. i love the hand stitching you added to the pouch. and thanks for the tip on where to get zippers. ;)

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  9. That pouch is so cute. I love zipit. I haven't had an occasion to buy a zipper but the site is so colorful.

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  10. Very cute pouch!
    Zipit is a great shop: I couldn't resist the assortments, and now have a HUGE pile of zippers ... it will take me years to use them all, but it's a thrill to have a good stash of colors and sizes on hand for pillows/pouches/skirts, etc.

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  11. Your pouch looks great!

    I've ordered from zipit twice and they are great! Very fast shipping!

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  12. That's really adorable! I can't believe you're a newbie to regular zips! But you did a fab job :)

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  13. It looks fantastic, great job with the zipper!

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  14. Great job! Maybe the pouch is heading my way:)..fingers crossed. Im still waiting for mine to arrive also!

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  15. wish I had known about this! Your bag is exquisite, I love it so much.

    And yes, I LOVE Zipit. What a great shop, and top quality product.

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  16. How about if you just send it to me and make another one for your partner? It came out FABULOUS! Thanks for the shout-out! :-)

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  17. That is just way too cute! I think I'll have to make a few for Christmas gifts!

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  18. Darling bag.and thanks for the info about Zipit. I am happy to know about how these swaps work also. I don't have a blog or a Flicker account but I may start a Flicker account in order to be part of such fun. Mary Jo

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  19. I love myself a good pouch and that patchwork is wonderful. I usually split a zipper order with a friend.

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  20. Your partner is lucky! Thanks for the tip about Zipit. My zipper basket is getting pretty low.

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  21. WOW! :) you pouch looks great!

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  22. very wonderful!!!
    Just look for zippers from the roll they are cheaper :-)

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  23. Oh how could she not love it?! So beautiful, love the hand stitching! Zipit is the best!!!

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  24. A darling little pouch! The hadn stitching adds so much to it. Good for you for tackling the zipper too.

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  25. I for one would be geeked as all get out to get that in my mailbox. Adorable. I need to make something with patchwork.

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  26. Pretty! I'm trying to venture into putting a zipper into a bag, and I too stood in Hancock trying to match color and size, so I'm happy for the zipper site. I had the perfect color at home in a 22" but needed a 9". Thinking I was being so clever, I cut the zipper down to 9" and learned the hard way that a 9" zipper is not really 9" but around 11" long. I love your ideas, and I can't wait to try one (with the correct zize zipper.)

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  27. Your partner is going to love it!! Im scared to join a swap. What if im unreliable that week? what if my partner sends me something awful? what if I send them something hidious? The pressure!!!

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  28. I saw that button on your sidebar and clicked it! But I was too late to sign up. Hopefully next time :)

    I'm so glad you found zipit - that is one fantastic store. But I agree - adding invisible (and reversible!) zippers to her offerings would be great!

    And, the pouch you made is fabulous!

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  29. Such fantastic colors! Here is what I made for the Pretty {little} Pouch swap too:

    http://birdandbicycle.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/pretty-little-pouch/

    I really enjoyed this swap - truly a creative group of stitchers!

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  30. It's adorable! I am going to have to try out a little pouch, maybe I can make the next swap!

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  31. So cute! I have a crush on dandelion fabric. I order it every time I see it.

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  32. Becky, I shorten zippers all the time - had to with this project as well. In this case, I just cut off the zipper at the bottom and then let my machine stitch through the zipper teeth when I closed up the side seam. It seemed to work perfectly. I hope that's an OK way of doing it!

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  33. Super awesome pouch!

    I also ran into Zipit a few months back. I couldn't bare the thought of paying $2 for a zipper.

    I love Zipit. Once I get through my 2 dozen small and large zippers I'm definitely gonna buy more from them.

    Your partner is gonna love that... especially with the extras you snuck in. ;-)

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  34. Adorable! I'm sure they will love it. I've yet to do a zipper but am making a pillow soon that will need one so here's to stretching my limits!

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  35. I love how your pouch turned out Rachel! And I love your mosaic too...that first one with the yo-yo quilting is tugging at my heart strings...

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  36. Love it! Lucky your partner.
    Sounds like a fun swap.

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  37. really inspired by your post today, what wonderful colours and shapes, thank you for sharing that!

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  38. BEAUTIFUL! I just know she's going to love it. Your fabric choices are gorgeous and the little bit of embroidery - a perfect touch. Thanks for the little tidbit about the zipit site. Can't wait to go shopping there!!

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  39. Rachel!!! :) Thank you so much!! The pouch is absolutely gorgeous! Gorgeous!! You are amazing! Everything is perfection!! I adore it and love it so much! x :)

    {and...it's Friday, your post is sitting in my reader! How did I seriously lose three days?!}

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  40. Thanks so much for the tip on Zipit! I'm kind of a zippered pouch addict and I knew there had to be a better way than paying $2 a pop at JoAnn!

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