Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pretty (and Perfect) Little Pouch

This is fast becoming my favourite swap group. The members are fun, the talent is evident and the work is inspirational. I am busy clicking the 'favourite' button on almost every pouch photo! I love the rules that specify your pouch cannot be larger than 12" and any extras you send must fit into the pouch. It helps one avoid falling into Overachieving Swap Participant Mode.

In my sign up survey, I indicated that a pouch to hold our family's Kobo e-reader would be a great idea if my partner was looking for ideas (I personally like direction from my partners, so I try to give some ideas when I sign up for swaps - it takes a lot of pressure off from wondering what the heck to make!). When I first saw this photo in the flickr pool, I immediately got that "oh! Could this be for me?" feeling. Imagine my thrill when it did arrive in my mailbox last week!

My Stupendously Pretty Little Pouch Swap Package from VikkiLovesTea

It was beautifully made by the talented Vikki and sent along with those amazing extra treats all the way from the UK. Thank you so much Vikki! We used the pouch right away on our recent family road trip and everyone thinks it is totally cool (and cute, and functional, and perfect).

The pouch I made for one of the swap organizers (and fellow VI Bees member) was very well received (there were a lot of exclamation marks in her thank you flickr mail - so cute). Kelly had asked for a pouch that could tote juice boxes & snacks for her two little boys. I took this as a great opportunity to try lining a zip pouch with laminated fabric recently purchased in Bellingham. I also quilted the outer pouch with insul-brite thermal batting which gave the whole thing quite a lot of body so it can stand on it's own.

Pouch for Kelbysews by Poppyprint
Pouch + loot
(including my quilting secret weapon, Roxanne's Glue Baste-it, some chocolate, a Kona solids charm pack, hilarious napkins and tissue holder)

Pretty Little Pouch swap #2
Back of the pouch, with some poppyprints and stamped text (I'd been dying to use my alphabet stamps purchased at JoAnn last March).

So, another great swap comes to an end. I think I'm gearing down on public swaps in general, but I will definitely participate in this group when round 3 comes up. It's too much fun!

22 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I love both swap items! The stamp tryout look fabulous and I love the cute napkins. That was perfect to include.

♥Duff said...

2 very lucky gals!! i haven't tried insul-brite stitching yet--is it cumbersome/do you have any tips?

Krista said...

Oh, I love love love the pouch you received. And the one you sent off is so wonderful too. I agree that it's a great swap. Simple, but so much creativity in that group!

nicolette said...

Both packages look adorable and this pretty little pouch swap sounds like a lot of fun!

**nicke... said...

i love the pouch you received. i think the little smiling moon is my fave.

PinkGranny said...

Wonderful. I am going to have a look at that Flickr stream. I recently joined Flickr and don't have much on there yet but will add things soon.

I love your reader pouch. I think the juice pouch is a great idea; one that my girls would likd for their kids. Thanks for sharing.

PinkGranny said...

PS...did you use your Acuquilt cutter for the Dresden design? It is pretty.

Terri said...

Oh how I miss swaps so much. They got a little overwhelming for me as I wanted to join them all. You have been sharing some sweet loot though that makes me want to dive in again. Thanks for being an enabler
Terri-
Sew-Fantastic

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

it's my first round in this swap and I'm loving it! Both your pouches are wonderful!

Jamie said...

What great pouches! I love what you did with your stamps. Toting snacks and juice boxes has never been so much fun before.

paulette said...

Now this was a match made in heaven!! Both are gorgeous and are pretty and perfect for their needs!! I went to your flicker group...amazing bags and so creative!! Well done, ladies!
Paulette

Live a Colorful Life said...

I'm definitely living vicariously regarding this swap. It's too intimidating for me. Both the pouch you received and the one you sent are amazing!

paulette said...

I went back to my blog and saw the title of your post...Pretty and Perfect...now was that subtly put into my brain...or did I come up with that on my own...or when we see these two bags do you automatically think...PRETTY and PERFECT!! I'm going to have to spend the whole day pondering this....no work getting done here...ain't retirement grand!! haha
P

Cynthia F said...

Oh wow! fun swap and lucky you- what a great package!! And love what you sent too!

Flying Blind... said...

Great big lovely package!

Amy said...

It looks like that was a happy swap all around! I love the one little moon on the pouch you received. They are both fantastic!

quilterfaye said...

Hi Krista, love the toe and goodies you received and your swap in return is precious. I'm always envious of those who can find great cocktail napkins.Cheers,faye

Kristie said...

LOVE both what was given and received! And those napkins....oh, how I can relate! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Are you really reading Joyce? How cerebral.

I know an iPad that wants a pouch. I can bring it over for measurements if you want.

Love SIL

Dianne said...

Hahahaha! Love those napkins ;0)They will work perfectly with a little glass of port and the chocolate - yummm!
Both pouches are pretty and pretty perfect!! I love the smiley moon placed just so on the Kobo case. How nice to have that greet you everytime you go to read! And the hand stitching adds that perfect touch.

Kelly said...

Pretty and perfect certainly sums it up! Thank you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Rylee Kettner said...

Love the pouch you made! Did you get the laminate from Fourth Corner quilts? I made the mistake of going their as one of my first stops on shop hop, had to show some MAJOR restraint and not try and buy some of everything in the store. Such a great shop!