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Being productive and colourful

There is a lot of activity in the nest this week. Having my mum here means that we are tackling those jobs that I never seem to get around to. She has de-cluttered my shelves in the family room, I have sorted my fabric stash, I have had tradesmen in to quote on repairs, things that were put in the hall to be put away, and ended up becoming permanent fixtures, have been put away, and lists have been made. The house feels lighter already.

I started to write that I have little to report on the sewing front. But when I looked at my photos, and my sewing table I realised that I have actually produced quite a bit in the last week! I have felt that I haven’t been able to sit and do any major sewing, but have managed little projects along the way. I decided that instead of beating myself up about not making things, I needed to have small goals. So I have been making little zipped pouches. I can do one in the evening before I go to bed. They are quick, they are cute, and I can feel that I have achieved something. I haven’t been listing them to sell, thinking that I would use them at my craft stall. Then a friend dropped around, saw them and bought 4! I guess that validates that they are going to be attractive to buyers!

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I also wanted to make a farewell present for Miss N. She has left us much earlier than expected, but was of help when she was here. She loves tea, and was travelling with an overfull suitcase, so I decided to make her a cushion cover, that will pack flat, and applique it with a tea-cup. I am quite happy with the end result! I think she liked it too.

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A friend dropped by for a cup of tea (I am a bit partial to tea myself) and asked if I could make a superhero cape for her nephew. So that was ticked off the list next.

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Amongst the menagerie that lives at my house we have a budgie called Frill. Frill belongs to the artist-in-residence and has been living in her bedroom for the last year. He makes a dreadful mess – seeds being flicked all over the place, and she is not the best cleaner-upper you have met. With the arrival of Nana, we decided to move Frill out of the bedroom, to reduce the mess in there. A quick internet search found us a very reasonable price for a stand to hang his cage from, so we can now easily move it around the house. Which meant that the seed scattering had potential to spread all over the house. The solution? A fabric ‘skirt’ of sorts for his cage. While I will tweak the design before making another one, it is doing the job quite well!

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I also had a lovely experience in selling another piece to a buyer in the USA. One of my bicycle cushions is winging it’s way to Washington DC.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been joking that with two sales to the US I must be a household name by now! One of my friends saw my post on facebook about it, and promptly bought another one of the bike cushions for her husband’s bike shop! I might have to make some more!

With all the ups and downs in our household the chicks have been suffering a bit. The artist-in-residence needed a day at home with her mum to rest and collect herself. She sat and did some drawing and created such a lovely piece that she and I decided we needed to make some fabric from it. That inspired her further, so she did another drawing for fabric. We have ordered samples of each of the pieces to check for colours etc, and once they are proofed, she will be able to list them for sale on Spoonflower! She is very excited, and I am very proud!

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Of course, through all of this, and various appointments that needed to be attended, I am trying to make my Christmas lists. Things to make for sale, things to make for gifts, things that I want to make. The lists are long! Until I have time to publish them with links, I highly recommend looking at the lists of Handmade Holiday ideas that Sew Mama Sew are publishing each day. My list of eco-friendly gift ideas will be featured on 10 November. There were a number of ideas that I had collected that didn’t make the post, and some ideas that I have found since then, so I will do a follow-up post here with some further ideas for eco-friendly gifts to make!

I hope that your week has been productive and colourful!

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Friday Finds – A list of 30+ free tutorials and patterns for wallets and pouches

Staying with the theme of the last few weeks Friday ‘lists’ today I bring you a collection of free tutorials and patterns for wallets, pouches, clutches and purses. With the wonders of the English language what is considered a ‘purse’ in some countries is a ‘wallet’ in others, and a ‘tote’ in others. No wonder some non-English speakers struggle to learn to speak English fluently – many English-as-a-first-language speakers have the same trouble!

I love little purses/pouches/wallets. First of all they are a great way to show off scraps of fabric from your stash that you just can’t bear to part with, and secondly they are fantastic at helping to keep you organised. Since I started sewing bags my handbag wardrobe has grown dramatically – and in changing bags I often forget to move some important thing from one bag to the next (you know – lipstick, my work pass, migraine medication, cash…..). After making some zip-pouches for friends and custom orders recently it has occurred to me that I should actually make some for myself to hold these bits and pieces in and then changing bags will be as simple as taking the pouches out and putting them in the next bag. Of course the hard part will be working out which fabric to use…..because I have so many pieces I love!   Sigh – as I often say, if these are the worst first world problems we are faced with, our lives continue to be amazing!

The beauty of these patterns is that by changing fabric and changing sizes you can make pouches for children, teens, women, men, to be used for all sorts of purposes.  Great for whipping up last minute gifts!

So – here is a collection of patterns and tutorials provided by generous bloggers to inspire you and me!  I have organised them into zipped, wallets, and ‘other’ (yes – I am a genius).  Many of them are similar, but as always, each sewist brings their own tips and tricks to even simple tasks, so I hope you can find one that resonates with your style!

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Nesting Zip Bags

Front Zip Pouch in Four Sizes – Sew Mama Sew

Simple Zip Pouch for Beginners – Sew Delicious

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Dumplings – Michelle Patterns

Open wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial – Noodlehead

Flat Zip Pouch Tutorial – Listen to the Birds Sing

Sketchy Pleat Clutch – Charm Stitch

Embellished Pouch Tutorial – Polka Dot Chair

How to Draft a Pattern and Make a Zippered Purse with a Flat Bottom – Sew Together

Basic Zipper Pouch – See Kate Sew

Triple Zip Pouch – A Quilter’s Table

Rosy Wedge Bag – Made During Quiet Time

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The Bella Clutch – Clover and Violet

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Zippy Pouch – with a zipped inner pocket – Sew Happy Geek

Pieced Polka Dot Pouch – All People Quilt

How to Make a Zip Pouch without Dented Corners – Michelle Patterns

Lil Cutie Pouches – Noodlehead

Half Circle Zippered Pouch – Lula Louise

Lined Zippered Pouch – Flossie Tea Cakes

Oil Cloth Zip Pouch – Zaaberry

Zippered Pouch (using Laminated Cotton) – How To Sew.Com – Better Homes and Garden

Zips Pouch – Zipit Zippers

Zippered Heart Coin Purse – A Creative Princess

Zippered Ear-Bud Pouch – Erin Erickson

Pleated Zipper Pouch – Melly Sews

Wallets

DIY fabric wallet 6 card slots, coin pocket, bill slot, receipt slot

The Perfect Wallet – Color Me Domestic

Bi-Fold Wallet – Modest Maven

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Wallet Tutorial – That*Darn*Cat

Accordion Wallet – Little Quack’s Craft

Organiser Wallet -LBG Studio

“Other” – Clutches and purses!

LSC frame pouch

Flexi Frame Pouch – Where the Orchids Grow

Zip Pouch Tutorial – Creating my Way to Success – This one is a bit different – it has pockets inside and can be used as a first aid kit, a sewing kit, etc.

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Mini-Wallet Tutorial – 7Layer  Studio

Mini-Clutch Tutorial – Our Busy Little Bunch

And finally – if that list doesn’t suit your needs, the delightful website Tip Nut has a list of 30+ makeup bags and rolls, and most of the makeup bags are perfect for use as wallets, pouches or clutches.

All Wrapped Up has yet another list of clutches, purses and wallets (about 24)- most different from my list and from Tip Nut’s list.

A huge variety of free patterns and tutorials to provide us with so many ideas!  I think I need to start buying zips in bulk!

Happy creating!