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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Denim Pouch Workshop Finishes


By Judith on February 1, 2021
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Last Saturday afternoon I had my Denim Pouch Workshop, hosted via Zoom by Crafty Monkies.


16 ladies (some in different time zones!) got chopping and repurposing as they used their denim finds to create Denim Zippy Pouches.


The class was following my 9.5″ x 5.5″ samples, using the Quilt-As-You-Go technique to piece and quilt the denim onto interfacing, adding in those all important loops, seams and special features that are unique to denim.



We also learned how to insert a zipper with tabs to give a lovely finish to the pouches, a first for some of the ladies.

And here are a few of the finished pouches.


Aren’t they fab! And feedback from the ladies was that they definitely see more denim pouches and bags in their future!

I always get excited when I see repurposed denim projects. For fun I decided to create a collage of some of my own denim projects!



Lots of bags and pouches there – denim is the perfect hard wearing textile for creating these!

I have several denim patterns available in the shop, but if you’d like to try the Quilt-As-You-Go denim method, check out my Denim Boro Bag pattern here – a larger version of the zippy pouch!


Happy repurposing!

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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)
Front

Dresden Petal Pouch (kindred Spirits QAL)
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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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Threads Across the Sea 2019


By Judith on November 8, 2019
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For the past few years, an annual tradition has started among 3 of my long time quilty friends and myself.

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019
L-R: Sarah (@sewmesarah), Me (@justjudebelfast); Trudi (@trudi_wood); Di (@willowbeckdesigns)

 

2 of us live in N.Ireland and the other 2 in England.  We try to meet up each year to sew, taking it in turns to meet on either side of the Irish Sea!  And that’s why we call ourselves #Threads Across the Sea!

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019

 

This year, Trudi and Di came to not so sunny Belfast and spent a weekend of chatter, natter, lots of eating (delicious home baked yummies by Trudi and Sarah!) and of course some sewing in my studio!

 

One of our traditions is to gift handmade items to each other!  This is like Christmas come early!!

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019

 

From Sarah we each received these personalised Arm Chair Caddies (pattern from the book ‘Zakka Home’).  Aren’t they cool!  And Sarah got me spot on with my love of denim and all things ditsy!

 

Threads Across the Sea Gifts
Threads Across the Sea Gifts
Threads Across the Sea Gifts

 

I will definitely be using mine when hand stitching in the evenings in front of the telly!

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019

 

From Trudi we each received a beautifully hand embroidered Clearly Carry All Pouch by Sewing Illustration.

 

Threads Across the Sea Gifts

 

Trudi is an amazing hand stitcher and quilter, and being recently laid up with injured ankles facilitated the huge amount of time she invested in these pouches.

 

Threads Across the Sea Gifts
Threads Across the Sea Gifts

 

 

I particularly love the sashiko stitching on Art Gallery Denim! Yum!

 

And from Di we each got a treat bag of goodies!

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019

 

Di lives in the Lake District and the particular area she lives in is known as the Cake District!!!  Fab or what!

 

Included in the bag were thread snips, mobile thread cutter/needle threader and wood turned items made by Di’s uber talented hubby!  Check out the gorgeously tactile needle holder and Christmas Tree decoration!

 

Threads Across the Sea 2019

 

See what I mean by Christmas come early!  I’m so blessed to call these talented women my friends.

 

And if you want to know what I made for my 3 friends, you’ll have to tune in again to find out (and there might be a wee giveaway too! wink wink!).

 

Having a sew-social with like minded creatives and wonderful friends is one of my favourite things!  Already looking forward to TATS20!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Sample Swatch Pouch Gift


By Judith on September 10, 2019
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I got to hand over another little handmade gift last week!

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

You may remember the Tilda & Cork pouch I made for a friend during the summer?  Well this one is for her mum.

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

My friend recently gave me a bag of small fabric samples, the perfect size for pouch making!  And she also guided me on her mum’s favourite colours – sage & olive greens, gold and oatmeal.

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

Well I just had to sneak in a rich autumnal red with this classy colour scheme.  And a little vintage trim to boot!

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

Quilting the swatches onto Legacy Flex Foam really gives them definition and structure.

I also found an old jewellery pendant which I thought worked well as a zipper pull!

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

I’m happy to report the recipient is tickled pink with her new pouch!

And because I love making cute little pouches from repurposed textiles, I’d call that a win, win!

 

Sample swatch pouch gift

 

Happy sewing!

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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
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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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