It took me a long time to be able to say this…
Yesterday I needed a day sewing something creative and fun, but simple.
I also needed to get a few more things off my very long and ever growing to-do list!
I decided that the job I was going to tackle was making 4 small handmade items for the sample swap I’m part of for the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London.
After a LOT of indecision out came the scraps and the zips and I whipped together a few scrappy zipper pouches…
Ok who am I kidding, there was no “whipping”
Because these babies sure are time consuming!
But they are mindless and fun, a perfect holiday activity so I didn’t mind one bit!
The sample swap is basically a swap between 5 (yet to be determined) people in a group. We each make four small handmade items, one for each of the other members in our group. Which means we each then come home with four handmade gifts. Nice!
There really aren’t many limitations on what we are able to make, but the only catch is that we won’t know who is in our group until we get to the retreat.
So I needed something small (to fit into the suitcase), I wanted something useful, and I needed something that could suit pretty much anyone.
Hopefully these scrappy pouches tick all of those boxes?!
Here they are in more detail…
|Purple zipper with red lining…|
|Pink zipper & teal lining…|
|Teal lining & turquoise zip…|
|My personal favourite one – red zipper & red lining…|
They are each lined & of course house my Flutter from.Kat label…
Finishing up at about 9.5 x 4.5 inches they are the perfect size to house a rotary cutter, pair of fabric scissors & travel sewing kit OR endless amounts of other items.
I love them!
For a girl who used to work best with only 1-2 different colours when I first started crafting, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve changed a LOT!!
Scraps are by far my favourite thing to sew these days.
It’s almost become an addiction! (In fact you can probably tell by these pouches that I throw almost nothing away when it comes to pretty fabrics!)
Hopefully my sample group will be just as fond of these as I am…
(otherwise they might come home again with me instead 😉 haha)
Do you keep your scraps?
Trash, are you listening???
I want to be in Kat’s group!!!
wish i was going just so i could be in your group! i have loads of scraps, something else to add to my ever expanding todo list!
So pretty! I love number three!
They are fantastic, I think we’re all going to have a squabble about groups! There are so many gorgeous things popping up in the flickr group – I have yet to apply myself to a swap item!
Trash – Hadley always gets her own way so please ignore her!
Kat, whoever gets these will love them, including me if I am lucky enough.
Hi Kat! Looks great! How wonderful pouches some scraps can make! I save every tiny scrap. You are so good sewing those zippers so perfectly! x Teje
What a clever way of using up your scraps, each and everyone of them are so pretty.
They look awesome. Everyone should be honored to have one!
Kat,they are lovely pouches – lucky recipients! I love your label too
These are fab – love the colours.
How did you find out about the swaps for the retreat?? I’m going, but don’t know about any swaps, I would have liked to have participated 🙁
🙁 I’m not in the swap. 🙁
Lovely wee pouches. Do I keep Scraps??!! It’d be easier to ask what I DONT keep…
Love scrappy..love pouches and yours are perfect!
Gorgeous pouches! Why oh why did I not sign up to the sample swap!!
Wooo Welcome to the wonderful world of scraps!! The pouches are gorgeous! I so want one! =D
They are so GORGEOUS!! Finger’s crossed I’m in your group 🙂
There’s absolutely no chance you’re going home with these!!
Yes I save my scraps…I love scraps. Your purses are so pretty!Maybe I’ll do one this weekend since I promised I’d have another go at zips (on my own without a private tutor -it could get ugly)
And Im sure who ever ends up with these bits of fabulousness is going to be completely thrilled.
Lol, why do we always convince ourselves that things are going to be quicker than they actually are?! They look great though, and that reminds me, I need to put labels in my swap items – doh!
Damn, I guess that means no more scraps for me? Joking. I love what you have down with these pouches, I know they will be well received 🙂
They are not only gorgeous but ever so useful 🙂 scraps are my favorite thing, would always pick a bag of scraps over a meter of fabric 🙂
Sometimes I save my scraps, sometimes I give them away – just depends on the day. ;^)
The pouches are so cute! Whoever is in your swapping group will be thrilled with one of those!!!