Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mirror, mirror, mirror ball

Who's the prettiest little pouch of all?

I'm partial, of course. Here is the pretty little pouch I've made for my secret partner.

Pretty Little Pouch Swap by Poppyprint

Using a slightly modified version of Ayumi's flex frame pouch tutorial (my frame is only 4" long, her tute calls for 5"), I barely wrangled this little number under my needle. It was definitely a challenge to sew the final seam (joining outer bag, lining and frame channels) using a nice, neat 1/4" seam. There may have been some unsewing. Good thing I'm a specialist in that department.

Pretty Little Pouch Swap by Poppyprint

I added a few sweet embroidered lazy daisies because my partner likes embroidery (yippee, me too!). The outer pouch is made of Moda crossweave (which I backed with a fusible interfacing because it's rather drapey) and Michael Miller Mirror Ball in pink. There are some pink & green (Alexander Henry?) toadstools lining the inside. The pouch measures 4" x 5". Definitely little.

Pretty Little Pouch Swap by Poppyprint

It's all poufed out because there are some pretty little secrets inside.....just for my partner. I reinforced the bottom seam where the gathers meet (by sewing over it 3 times) as there are several layers of fabric and interfacing there and I was nervous the stitches wouldn't hold.

Pretty Little Pouch Swap by Poppyprint

This is the first time I've used one and I will definitely make more pouches with them, but I think that a 5" long frame will be easier to handle. Also, I had to be really careful sliding the frame arms through the channels because there are some sharp edges that were catching on the embroidery threads (note to self: next time, fuse a layer of interfacing on the back after embroidering to protect the back of the stitches). I bought my frames at a Japanese dollar store in Richmond, B.C. called Daiso at the fantastic price of 2 for $2!

22 comments:

Jennifer said...

Absolutely adorable!! I have had several of those flex frames sitting in a drawer for a few years. You just might have inspired me to dig them out and make something half as cute as the one you made.

Jennifer :)

Angela said...

super cute! I love your little tag. And it IS teeny tiny. You could start making doll furniture. :)

Meg said...

Darling! I love it!

Amy said...

Oh, it is so adorable!! I am sure your partner will be thrilled. I like all the details and I am going to have to get some Moda Crossweave.

Katie B. said...

This is gorgeous!!

felicity said...

Soooooper cute!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh my gosh I love this. I need to find some of those frames asap! Also, I found the perfect little polka dot to go with the pillowcase you sent me. Spring dress coming up!

Terri said...

This is sew cute GReat Job!!!

Mrs Moen said...

Very very cute although my brain hurts just thinking about all the technicalities.

nicolette said...

Totally cute and so perfectly made! What’s not to love about it?!

Leila said...

So sweet!

Dianne said...

Perfection and the lazy daisy flowers are the perfect touch. You have one very lucky swap partner!

PinkGranny said...

This is so cute! Very nice bag to add to your collection...I love purses.

ladybugquilting said...

Your little pouch is fabulous.
I bought a couple of those frames last month. The pattern I got with the frame is way too big for the frame so I threw it to the side for later, when I could be bothered to figure it out. Thanks for the link to the tute, I'm off to check it out!

carol said...

WOW! What more can I say? Mark another marvel to your repertoire......am I surprised? Not a bit! Seems as though you do everything with perfection!

traceyjay said...

oh my word... how cute is that! You're so good... ;)

Kristen said...

Sweet bag!! The embroidery is icing on the cake!!

Ariane said...

I love it!!! It's so cute.

trudys_person said...

Great little bag! What is the pattern? And thanks for the tip on Daiso!

Tina said...

Eek! I love it and I hope I am your partner! At first glance, I thought it was denim and that the pouch was much bigger.

Wendy said...

Oh this is gorgeous, I love this so, so much. Something about the cute little pink bits peaking out from the grey pleats... and I have some flex frames, no idea what size though! Thanks for the link!

ayumills said...

Your partner is so lucky! I wish I were in the swap!!