I joined a swap last month. Jennifer Mathis who blogs at Ellison Lane posted that she and Lindsey Rhodes from LR Stitched were going to host a pouch swap. I would have 6 weeks to make and send a pouch. I don’t enter a lot of swaps because I don’t enjoy the pressure of it. You have to try to guess from a few photos and their social media sites what someone else would like and you want to do your very best work.
Also, there is obviously a timeline. Aka deadline! I’ve been making so many pouches lately though, that I thought that this swap would be fun. The 6 weeks was key because I was about to take a road trip for 3 of those weeks. That trip gave me time to think about what I might want to make.
I decided to make the largest size of the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. This is a free pattern on her blog and I LOVE it. It’s easy to make and it does open wider than other pouches which makes it easier to find things inside. I’ve made a lot of the medium size bag, but hadn’t tried the larger size. This was my chance.
I decided to use a piece of creamy colored (and feeling) leather that I had bought years ago. This might make the pouch more “special”. I had just enough leather to cut four pieces in order to make two pouch bottoms. I know so many “sewists” who make something for a swap and then have trouble giving it away because they love it so much. Not me! I made myself one too!
I’ve been noticing and loving a few quilts and pillows I’ve seen recently that have low volume backgrounds with bright orange-peel shapes appliquéd on top. In fact, I just bought the new book Playful Petals by Corey Yoder which has this pillow project in it that is a good example of what has inspired me.
Adding the bright colors to my project sure did liven it up! I added the “peels” by fusing them in place with double sided fusible (Wonder Under) and then straight stitched around the edges after adding a layer of fusible batting to the whole backside. This stitching sort of disappeared in the darker colors but made the lighter colors stand out against the low volume background.
My swap partner’s flickr name is fatdoxiesstudio. I had to actually look up what “doxie” meant and it’s a slang term for dachshund. She did have some photos of her doxie on her flickr site and so I found some great fabric to put on the inside of the pouch. The little shirts on the dogs even sparkled.
I also added a zip pocket to the inside and used one of these lacy zippers to that.
Chen received this over the weekend and sent me a note on Instagram. I hope she puts it to good use! Is mine done? Of course not! But the sides are all pieced and it won’t be hard for me to finish it up. (when I finally have time!)
Addendum: I received this amazing pouch filled with fun office supplies (all sorts of post it notes, paperclips and “to do” lists) the day after I posted the pouch I made. Sonia made this fabulous pouch and it incorporates all of the things that I love! Thank you so much Sonia!
12 responses to “Orange Peel Pouch”
Linda, what a lovely project, and smart you, making one for yourself!
I liked the pouch, especially the zipper. If you could share the source of the zipper, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
The lace zipper was bought off a shop on etsy called lacetime. Here is the url address for a similar grouping on their site: https://www.etsy.com/listing/105318674/short-zippers-white-cream-brown-dark?ref=shop_home_active_23 It looks as though the pink color is not available now. They also sell polka dotted zippers which are amazing. I bought some but haven’t had a chance to use one yet. They only come in short lengths (8 to 9″) which limits their use. These shipped all the way from China. I could not find a US source anywhere! I received them in under a week though.
I love your “dachshund” pouch and think it is great that you made one for yourself…smart!!! When will you receive your swap??
The deadline to mail for the swap was Oct. 6 which was yesterday. Depending on where it mailed from I should be getting one soon. Sometimes these swaps are international but I don’t believe that was the case for this one.
Love it! Thanks for passing it along to enjoy and inspire. Please post the pouch you receive from the swap when you have time : )
Nancy, I miss you! I will post when I receive my pouch. There is always a little worry until it comes, that I won’t get one. Unfortunately I’ve had bad luck with that in a couple of the swaps I have done. “Life happens” is usually quoted. The swap manager is supposed to find someone who will make one for you when that happens but it always feels like an imposition to me. I guess that’s why I feel the pressure I do when I sign up for a swap.
Your pouch is darling, Linda. Some time you’ll have to tell me how you apply a fancy zipper like that so the lace or polka dots or whatever show. Usually the tape is hidden.
Pam, an exposed zipper like this is just sewn on right over the pocket opening. I matched the thread color perfectly to the zipper so that it didn’t show, but it is there. It was very easy.
Oh my, I like that surprise of a lace zip inside. What a great idea. Your pouch turned out really lovely. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you receive.
I just participated in my first ever swap where I had to make something for a stranger and the swap mama had to deal with a number of flakes who complained about the deadlines or did not even bother to send anything to their partner. She is now taking a break from hosting any more swaps. It is such a shame because she is the sweetest gal and most people are excited to participate. Since it was my first, I’m wondering about whether I will do another one…
It’s fun when it all goes well. I will do it again but only when I have plenty of time and it’s a fairly small item being swapped.
You did a fabulous job!