Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Happy Scrappy box pouch from Patchwork Please!
This week I picked up Patchwork Please! by Ayumi from the library. Wow, what a happy little book! Ayumi's playful, patchwork-savvy style is stamped on each project. There are lots of paper-pieced projects, so this book is great for someone who's been sewing a bit, I'd say. I love the designs!
The proof is in the pudding. I'm not a part of a book tour, but I decided to interrupt the churns for a little pouch fling. I needed something gifty, and this is just the ticket, don't you think?
Got started choosing colors and cutting scrappy triangles last afternoon...
and put my head in the game this morning for assembly. I can't say it was all smooth sailing. For one, I wish this book came with a CD so you could easily print the paper piece patterns. Photocopying is hard to do precisely since this book doesn't lay flat open. I had to correct my photocopies of the paper piece template for this project with ruler and pencil to make them just right.
But then, piecing the triangles was super fun. And, actually gave me some ideas for using up my triangle scraps!
I had trouble with the directions in spots. I'd like to share the details here in case I can help someone else along the way.
*Between step 5 and 6, I think you are supposed to fuse the batting to the wrong side of the three-piece patchwork panel.
*Couldn't understand how to mark as described in step 7, so I skipped that, which seemed to turn out fine.
*Figure 4 seems to coorespond with step 15, not step 14.
*Step 20, advises you to make the pouch lining. I think you're supposed to follow steps 15-18 though, not 4-6.
Obviously I was able to figure it out and I am definitely really, really happy with how the box pouch turned out! In fact, this is my favorite zip pouch I've ever made. I'm so excited to surprise my friend!
Hey, I realized that this pouch totally matches my Starbright quilt and patchwork chairs and curtains and etc. So, I think this is "me" right? And somehow I managed with just two Anna Maria fabrics this time. Look, Ma, no hands!