Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Happy Scrappy box pouch from Patchwork Please!

Triangle Patch Box Pouch

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!

from Patchwork Please!

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?

fun!

Got started choosing colors and cutting scrappy triangles last afternoon...

my thoughts on the making

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.

happy scrappy box pouch!

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.

 fa la la la zipper

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!

this is me.

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!

23 comments:

  1. It's such a pretty pouch, might be my very favorite project in that book.

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  2. only 2 AM's? you are a big girl now. =) but don't stray too far from home because you do some lovely stuff with her. ha!

    thanks for the clarifications on the directions. i'm sure that will be helpful. very kind of you to include.

    your succulents look like they are hanging in there! but not hanging yet?

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    1. =)

      Nope, I haven't hung the succulents yet. They've definitely NOT developed roots yet that are holding them in place. 3 or 4 died (sniff) but otherwise they look happy. I don't think they'll end up on the wall I had in mind because it won't be bright enough. Right now I'm happy to see them on table, but not sure where they'll end up... Maybe in the living room. If they survive!

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    2. Wow! Your pouch is awesome! That's my fav project from the book!

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  3. Thanks for the honest review. Sometimes I don't really trust blog hops!

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  4. Beautiful Rachel ad you should post uour pics and post here:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/patchworkplease/
    big group on flicker going thru the book.
    Cat

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  5. I love Ayumi's projects&tutorials but I find discrepancies in the directions--perhaps a lost in translation issue? Love her creativity no matter what. Your pouch is fab, what a great gift to a lucky friend. *Thanks for this post, I am considering purchasing this book and appreciate the info. ;)

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  6. Thanks for those notes Im just about to make on of these so very timely!

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    1. Oh, good, glad to help! FYI, I'd definitely go for making another one!

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  7. I've been eyeing this book too... I buy books & magazines but then never follow the directions... Usually just go with the photos & puzzle it together. lol! Love your pouch!! It's fabulous!! :)

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  8. Oh, you drank the Kool-Aid. :) I love your pouch. Your little scrappy projects are so vibrant! I've been seeing some great projects coming out of the Zakka-along, and each one I see makes me a little more tempted to join in. Getting the book from the library is a great idea, though, I might try that!

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  9. what a gorgeous pouch! I love the scrappiness!

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  10. Adorable pouch, looks so cute and fun to make!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  11. I love making pouches they can be addictive! Yours is beautiful!

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  12. Love your little pouch and I love the book too, tho I think there needs to be more photos, lots more photos ~ helps us visual people.

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  13. hmm good to know since I own this book. Pattern writing is so incredibly hard...

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  14. I agree some of the pattern directions are a bit impossible if you have the paper book and not an e-book. I had to create a template on my computer for the diamond patchwork place mats, because photocopying was impossible. I would much rather they were full size so that I could just trace them out.

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  15. Yes it is you! And I love it! How fun to be able to say that. I'm still on that journey, I think, but hopeful! :)

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  16. Beautiful patchwork bag .... glad I peeked, your blog is full of inspiration :-)
    Ajka

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  17. If you can part with it, your friend is going to Love it! :) Super super cute, Rachel! Thanks for the pattern tips, too.

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  18. love this! you did a wonderful job. and great on catching those little hiccups.

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  19. Soooo beautiful!
    Greetings from Italy, Emanuela

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  20. oh wow i LOVE this! the colors in the fabrics are fantastic and your selection and arrangement of them together are great! nice work!

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