Mixed Textile Clutch

By Judith on December 13, 2020
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My daughter needed a secret Santa gift for a female work colleague so I offered to make her a pouch!

With no information about the likes or dislikes of the recipient, I had free reign to come up with whatever I wanted! Yay! Let the playtime commence!

I had recently been pinning some mixed textile pouches on Pinterest with sashiko and boro stitching, and loved how cohesive they looked, despite the variety of patches and textures!

So I thought I’d have a go and see where this organic process would take me!

You already know I love recycling textiles and I also love mixing my textiles. Here I have used repurposed jeans with lush Italian wool, Irish linen & jersy suiting, ditsy and vintage cottons with sample book tweed.

I didn’t want a particularly ‘quilted’ look to this pouch but knew I needed to stabilise all the different fabrics. So I quilted in the ditches onto wadding and heavy sew-in vilene.

I then boro quilted over 2 bondawebbed patches, giving the pouch a relaxed Japanese feel.

The addition of fusible lightweight stabiliser to the lining enhances the structure and body of the clutch. It feels substantial and very tactile!

I had a lot of fun re-imagining the textiles for this clutch! Even the duffle coat button and leather tab & label are recycled!!

I will definitely make another!

In the meantime, I’ve got everything crossed that the recipient loves her foldover clutch as much as I do!!

Happy sewing!


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Dresden Petal Pouch

By Judith on October 22, 2020
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This week in The Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making Dresdens!


Kindred Spirits QAL (Dresden)


During the 1920’s and 30’s, Dresden, Germany produced porcelain plates decorated with elaborate designs using flowers, fruits and foliage. These plates became the inspiration for the Dresden Plate quilt block throughout Europe and beyond.  While some Dresden blades can have smooth ends, often the blades are finished with a point or curve.


Large Dresden Block (Kindred Spirits QAL)

Typically dresden blocks have even numbered blades. We are making a large 12 bladed dresden for our sampler quilt, but you can make them any size and get creative with how they are pieced and finished.


Just take a look at some awesome dresdens from around the world in my Pinterest Dresden Board.


I’ve been showing the ladies in the Quilt-Along how to use their dresden template different ways, and also how to draw their own dresden templates.


Dresden Petal Pouch (kindred Spirits QAL)

Dresden Petal Pouch (kindred Spirits QAL)



I made my own dresden template to make this cute dresden embellished wristlet pouch!


Dresden Petal Pouch (kindred Spirits QAL)


I  paired some Essex Yard Dyed Linen (Denim) with Makower’s Sashiko fabrics to make a clutch size pouch (5″ x 9.5″).


The metal zipper and faux leather tab add a little sophistication but I just love the cuteness petal blades bring to mini dresdens!!


Dresden Petal Pouch (kindred Spirits QAL)


The simplicity of the dresden applique and hand stitching is all this little pouch needed.


So if you’d like to find out how to make your own dresden templates, and how to finish the raw edges of a curved petal blade check out my little video below!



Happy sewing!



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