Before Christmas, I whipped up a handful of Lola zipper pouches to give away as Christmas and birthday presents.
I started with the intention of making two pouches with some sort of bird or cat print for a colleague, but while I was digging about in my stash, I decided to make a few more. I could have kept going – they always make great gifts – but I was trying to be realistic about how many I had time to make.
Until now, I had not made the smaller size in the Lola pattern. I do not know why. It is such a handy little thing!
These pouches are so easy to make. The only step that is a little tricky is the square tab on the end of the zipper (not pictured), and my tip for that is to use a Sewline fabric glue pen to hold everything secure while it is sewn. It is just too small and fiddly for pins to be effective.
My other tip is to cut ¼ inch off the top of the lining fabric so it does not bunch up inside.
For my pouches, I use Vlieseline fusible fleece H640 or H630, depending on what I have left in my stash or what they have in stock at my local store. This time, it was only H630, which is the lighter of the two.
I added pompoms to one pouch and also intended to add red pompoms just under the binding of the cat pouches, but the pompoms did not look quite right there, so I left them off.
Also before Christmas, I had a little play in my scrap box.
Scrap fabric is dropped in a tin on my sewing table. When the tin starts to get full and I have some spare time, I sort through it and cut its contents up into useful sizes (strips, squares and hexies) or gather a group of like scraps together to make something.
I pulled out a group of blue scraps that were from a baby quilt I made earlier in the year. They became the basis of a pouch and a pincushion.
For the pincushion, I used a Dresden plate template I had drawn up in 2016. (Was it really that long ago?)
Because my favourite things are pincushions, I had to make a second, this time using red scraps from my Christmas tree skirt.
One pincushion is never enough, after all.