Denim Zippy Pouch Workshop


By Judith on January 4, 2021
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At the end of this month (30th January, 4pm – 7pm) I will be teaching another live zoom workshop for Crafty Monkies.

Their theme for January is all about using what you have available (following the post Christmas slump!) and so repurposing some old jeans into practical zippy pouches fits right in!



During this workshop you will learn:

  • How to prep and repurpose denim
  • Best interfacings to use
  • How to set up your sewing machine (needles & thread) for sewing denim
  • The ‘Quilt As You Go’ quilting technique
  • Zippy pouch construction, including covered zipper tabs, inserting a metal zipper and pouch lining



If you have never sewn with denim before, or if you have some experience and want to get a little more creative, then this workshop is for you!



There are 2 pouches to choose from. Pouch A is simpler in style and uses thinner interfacing, making it easier to construct and beginner friendly.



Pouch B is a little more involved, incorporating more denim features and characteristics and is quilted onto thicker interfacing to give a much more textured look.



Whichever pouch you choose to make, you need to have confident use of your sewing-machine (including attaching walking foot) and how to measure and cut fabric using a rotary cutter & ruler.



Material/Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

*Available to purchase at here

  • Several pairs of non-stretch denim items e.g. jeans, skirts, shirts (a variety of colours is best). Pay particular attention to interesting sections of the jeans e.g. seams, pockets, worn sections, feature stitching, labels, tabs & loops etc., especially if making Pouch B
  • Fat quarter* of cotton lining fabric or cotton shirt (not denim weight)
  • 8” metal (or nylon) closed ended zipper*
  • Co-ordinating Polyester thread (standard weight)
  • Button to decorate (optional)
  • Ribbon or fine leather cord – Zipper pull (optional)
  • Embroidery Thread for Boro Stitching (I used Aurifil Wool 12wt) Optional
  • Pouch A – ¼ metre Heavy Sew-in Interfacing (Vlieseline S13)* & 1/4 metre Light Woven Fusible Interfacing (Vlieseline G710)*
  • Pouch B – ¼ metre Legacy Flex Foam*

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

  • Rotary Cutter, ruler and mat
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Walking Foot
  • Zipper Foot
  • Hand sewing needle (for Boro stitching)
  • Needles*: 90/14 Jeans Needle, 100/16 Jeans Needle, 80/12 Standard Needle
  • 505 Basting Spray*



​If you would like more information about this workshop or to book, click here to access the Crafty Monkies website (scroll down and click on my workshop listing to access more info).

You can also access a printable List of Materials & Workshop Prep here.

I hope you will join me for 3 hours of denim ripping fun!!

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Patchwork Denim Pouch


By Judith on May 17, 2019
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My youngest daughter requested a handmade gift for her friend’s 18th birthday.

 

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch
Front

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch
Back

 

So last bank holiday Monday, I had a happy afternoon ‘playing’ in my sewing room with my first love, denim!

 

 

Using only my smallest denim pieces, I used the ‘quilt as you go’ method to quilt the pieces directly onto some Pellon flex foam, leaving sections here and there for a little Boro style stitching!

 

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch

 

I’m not a great hand stitcher, but I’m loving the current boro/kantha/sashiko stitching trend that is influencing the quilting community at the moment.

 

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch

 

Originating from the Japanese ethos of ‘visible mending’ these stitches are meant to be seen, functional, and not necessarily perfect! Yes!  My kind of hand stitching.

 

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch

 

I always love working with denim, and completely fell in love with this little pouch as I discovered interesting seams, shades and textures among my scraps.

 

Boro QAYG Denim Pouch

 

It was a sad and sweet moment handing over this pouch! Needless to say I didn’t even make a dent in my pile of scraps!

 

My appetite for making more ‘quilt as you go’ boro style denim projects is unabated, so I’ve decided to design a bag in the same style! #lovemyjob

 

 

Watch this space!

 

Happy upcycling!

 

 

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Siblings Together Quilted Blocks


By Judith on April 15, 2016
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Since I started blogging over 5 years ago, I quickly became part of a wonderfully giving and generous community of quilters.

I have made friends with folks around the world, we have laughed and cried together, shared our achievements, disasters, tips and tricks!

And now and again I get to meet some of these wonderful people in the flesh!

This is an old pic of me and Marie, who comes to Belfast each year, all the way from Oz!
I’m so privileged to call Marie a friend, she is a talented quilter and a truly generous and inspirational person. Today we met again for coffee, and our short time together always goes too quickly!

And she ALWAYS has a gift for me!

Roses from Marie
Thank you Marie for my pretty roses, and your smiling and passionate heart!
Another way to be a part of this amazing online quilting community is to donate blocks.
QAYG Blocks for Siblings Together

Over on the Siblings Together blog, they have put out the call for quilted 20.5″ blocks, following this tutorial.
These are super quick and easy to make, and if you want to practise your patchwork and especially your quilting, then what better way than on these ‘mini quilts’.
QAYG Blocks for Siblings Together

The tutorial says you can either ‘quilt in the ditch’ (see my tips on ditch quilting here) or quilt them another way.
Here are some examples:
Echo quilting the seams (sewing at least 1/4″ either side of the seams) …
Diagonal lines (mark these out first with chalk or non-permanent fabric marker) …
Free motion squiggles (you need to drop your feed dogs and attach a darning foot to do this).
Whatever way you decide to make your blocks, have fun with them, and know they will be made up into a quilt for a sibling separated by the care system.
Happy quilting!
Jude xo

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My Favourite Bag!


By Judith on February 17, 2016
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Also in Popular Patchwork (March issue) is one of my most favourite bags!

Qayg bag for Popular Patchwork Mar16

 


It’s my favourite bag because the ‘quilt as you go’ technique is one of my favourite quilting techniques and I get to continue my love affair with scraps!

QAYG Shopping Bag class sample

 
I love the texture QAYG creates, and it’s perfect for projects where you need a little more structure.

QAYG Mosaic
My pattern will show you how to ‘quilt as you go’ and also how to insert a recessed zipper, perfect for keeping all your fabric purchases essentials secure!
Hmmm, all this talk about QAYG makes me want to make something else using this fun technique! It’s not like I don’t have plenty of scraps to choose from after all!
Do you have a favourite quilting technique?
Jude xo

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