Malmo Foldover Pouch

By Judith on February 14, 2021
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Last night I attended the Crafty Monkies Live Zoom Malmo Pouch workshop.

My sweet friend Svetlana was teaching us how to make her pretty foldover pouch (large size).

It was a lot of fun sewing along with ladies from all around the world, under the expert guidance of my friend.

This was a little bit of social playtime for me (there hasn’t been much of that this past year!) and a new experience being a Zoom student rather than a Zoom tutor!!

I love the idea of attending a first class workshop from the comfort of your own home, connecting with old and new faces, and being surrounded by all the supplies you need in one’s own sewing room! Unlike in-person classes, if you forget to bring something to the workshop, you don’t have far to go to get it!

I paired some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) with an Art Gallery print for the exterior, and a cute pink polka dot from my stash for the lining.

Another trademark of Svetlana’s brilliant bags are the quality details she includes, like leather handles and metal zippers.

Svetlana’s Malmo Pouch class will soon be available to watch on Crafty Monkies YouTube channel and can be purchased via their website.

But if you’d rather just purchase the pattern, you can find it here (includes 2 sizes).

Happy sewing!


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Lola Pouch Gifts

By Judith on December 27, 2017
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Hello everyone!


How did your Christmas go over?  Mine was a peaceful and relaxing time spent with family…. the best kind (though eating my body weight in mince pieces and festive fayre is perhaps overdoing it, a tad!).


In all the pre-Christmas madness busyness I past my 7th year blogiversary (20th) and on 10th December I reached 1000 followers on Instagram! Quite the milestone!


Now that is call for celebration!  I’m hatching a giveaway plan, so watch this space – details will be coming soon.


But for today I’ll show you 2 more gifts I managed to squeeze in before the big day!


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


These are Lola pouches, designed by my very talented friend Svetlana.

I had the privilege of testing the Lola Pouch for Svetlana a couple of years ago, when I made the larger size (which I use to store all my EPP papers and templates).


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


This time, I needed a small zippy pouch to ‘carry’ some little gifts, and I immediately thought of the small Lola pouch.


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


Because of Svetlana’s brilliantly written pattern, I had these two run up in no time at all (it took longer choosing fabrics!).


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


I love how Svetlana puts fabrics together.  Going for black and white binding may seem like a brave option given the floral Amy Butler fabrics, but I love how Svetlana has used it in the past and I just knew it would work (any excuse to use stripey binding!).


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


I can think of a million uses for these cute little pouches! And so quick and easy to make too!


Small Lola Pouch Gift Dec17


If you fancy having a go yourself, you can get both sizes in the one pattern here.


Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17


Happy gifting!



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An Interview with Svetlana

By Judith on January 2, 2017
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A friend and quilter whom I greatly admire is Svetlana (SOTAK Handmade).



I adore her clean and simple contemporary style of quilting and she also designs and prints her own fabric!



I had the pleasure of interviewing Svetlana to kick start our new year.


Introduce yourself! 


“My name is Svetlana Sotak. I am a pattern designer, sewist, quilter, and an occasional screen printer and I blog over at Sotak Handmade. I love using simple fabric designs and creating uncomplicated, useful, everyday projects.”



Creatively speaking, what was your proudest achievement in 2016 and why?


“My proudest achievement would have to be learning to screen print on fabric and designing my very own sewing kits. It was definitely a challenging task of constant trial and error learning, but so worth all the effort. I’m hoping to build on the skills I learned and produce more kits in the coming year.



I also did quite a bit of hand quilting this past year. I must admit, I didn’t really expect to like it very much when I first started, but I found it incredibly relaxing and meditative and I’m definitely going to incorporate more hand quilting in my projects.”



What are your creative goals for 2017? 


“I’m excited to keep creating and publishing more pdf patterns and kits. I’m also hoping to work more with leather, wool, and waxed canvas as I think they add an extra touch of polish and finesse to finished bags and pouches.”



If your fairy godmother could grant you a wish for 2017, what would it be?


“More time, definitely more time to create. And to read. And maybe learn some weaving. I even started pinning some of my favorite weavings to my Pinterest board so in case fairy godmother does show up, she’ll have some reference to go by :).”

What philosophy/inspiring quote will you live by in 2017?


“Lately I’ve been really intrigued with the idea of rational minimalism (you can find more about it here). I love the idea of having just enough, not too little, not too much. And I’m hoping that conscious reduction of clutter all around me will free me to enjoy my life and explore new opportunities more.”



Isn’t Svetlana’s work inspirational? Please hop on over to her blog and check out her many creations!


I hope you have enjoyed my first interview of 2017.


And here’s a question for you:


What new skill do you want to learn in 2017?


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