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Sunday, October 25, 2015

My Favourite Pouch

Hello Dear Readers

I am again joining Super Mom - No Cape for her Vintage Stitchery Party.

My project today, has a little of each of the following:
  • hand quilting, 
  • embroidery (my name/date label),
  • and, Vintage fabric!

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Click on any photograph if you wish to see a larger picture.

Fungi hunting!

This weekend Darling Hubbie, a neighbour, and I, and a small group of other like-minded souls, went on a "Fungi Hunt" with a fungi expert, and a City of London Commons Ranger, on our local common.

We had a very pleasant two hour walk, in ideal weather - cool, but bright - with a lovely group of interesting  people.

My reason for mentioning this walk is to say how pleased I was with this little pouch I made a couple of years ago from a Tilda pattern.

I hadn't used the pouch much before this walk.


Front of pouch


The Tilda pattern used high-volume fibre felt - which I didn't have. I prefer polyester wadding anyway, and I like my bags to have body so they stand up on their own, for that reason I used a medium weight wadding, and hand quilted the back and front.

Pouch closure.
Pouch closure.

I added a loop closure and a toggle (hand made by DH, trimmed from a branch of our own cherry tree in the same fashion as the toggle in my Embroidered Town Ruck), and pockets too!  A large pocket, and a tiny one for a pen.

Inside of pouch
The little loop on the right is the pen pocket.

I have turned the pouch inside out to show the detail of the pocket clearer.

Pockets
You can probably make out the dividing line
 between the two pockets, and inch in on the right.

Tilda suggested the pouch be used as a makeup bag but I decided I'd like a bag on a belt, and added belt carriers.

Back of pouch with belt carriers


I also added a wrist strap which can be clipped onto a belt carrier, if I don't wish to use the belt.


Wrist strap and pouch


Have I mentioned, I have been really pleased with "My Favourite Pouch"?

The pattern is from "Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle", and the book can be found via Google.

Have you seen Tilda's blog?  It looks very pretty. They have a new book out - in Norwegian! The English version is not out until December. Oops, I'm sounding like an advertisement again!  I must point out I have no affiliation to Tilda's World, I just like their stitching makes.


Front and inside lining.
Here you can see the matching lining
 on the inside of the bag's flap

The pouch was very useful on our walk as, thanks to the pocket being big enough to slip in either my notepad or the camera, or both, I was able to either quickly make notes on my tiny notepad, or take photographs of the fungi we were talking about, and I had my hands free in an instant to be able to hold and look at the amazing specimens of fungi!

Favourite Fungi
This is definitely the fungi I liked most!
But the fungi themselves will have to be the subject for another blog post as I must bring this post to an end, as it is now time for bed!

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Do have a peep at Susan's blog - Super Mom - No Cape - to see what lovely projects everyone has been stitching. Today's free downloadable is a lovely alphabet pattern.

Thank you for visiting.

You can let me know you've dropped by... just leave a comment below.  I usually answer here, and, if you tick the box to receive follow up comments, my response will find its way to your email box! And I will be along to visit you too!

I do hope you have a great week!

Hugs,

Barbara xx




31 comments:

  1. That little pouch is really beautiful as well as being very useful.

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    1. Thank you, Gillian. Nice to see you. It's just the right size too!
      Barbara xx

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  2. Love your little pouch Barbara! I have all the Tilda books... love them... so pretty! I will have to go and look the pattern up now and see if I have time to make one!! Christine x

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    1. Thank you, Christine. It's on page 91 in my copy! If you make one, you must let us see! Barbara xx

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  3. I like to use a pouch like this when shopping flea markets and especially shopping in Chicago. So much more safe than a shoulder bag.

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    1. Certainly is safer, but I'd still keep my hand on the pouch if I were shopping, anywhere! xx

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  4. Hi,
    This pouch is so beautiful and useful. Love it!
    Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Sherrie. I just popped over to visit you too, and I like your Crazy quilting. I must try that barred chain stitch!

      Have a great week! Barbara xx

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  5. I love your pouch! It's much more stylish than the old black fanny pack I use at the park,

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    1. Thank you Laura. Lovely to hear from you. Thanks for visiting, I'll be over to visit you tomorrow. xx

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  6. That is such a sweet little pouch - and so useful too. I love Tilda patterns, although I don't have any. I notice that there are a ton of them all over Pinterest - and I wonder if the people who are posting them are breaking all sorts of copyright laws. I would love to make a few that I've seen, but I hesitate to because I don't want to break copyright. It is a dilemma!

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    1. I know what you mean, Mary Anne! There are a lot of free patterns and tutorials out there, and we wouldn't necessarily know if they were copies of copyrighted material! Quite a worry! xx

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  7. Your pouch is adorable! Well done -
    xxx

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  8. Beautiful bag and very useful too for a day out exploring! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy. It's just right when you don't want to carry much! xx

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  9. love the pouch and that you put tabs on the back to fit on a belt....very convenient to carry.

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    1. Thanks Deanna, the tabs and wristlet make it quite versatile. xx

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  10. Beautiful and very useful pouch, love the bright happy colours.

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    1. I'm very pleased with my pouch, thank you, Sheryl! I made another one before this but gave it away, but have no photos. That was in another lovely vintage fabric too! xx

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  11. Love your bag, walk sounds interesting too!

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    1. Thank you! It was a very enjoyable walk! I would like to show photos of some of the fungi another day. xx

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  12. It sounds like you had a fun adventure! :) The pouch is darling! I love that you added loops to keep it on your belt.

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    1. Thank you Renee. It was a fun walk and we had just the right weather for fungi hunting! xx

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  13. that's a gorgeous pouch Barbara and I love the fabric....

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  14. Lovely to read your blog this evening ...looks beautiful where you are .We also have lots of lichens growimg here on trees ,old cornish hedges and the rocks on the cliffs . ...and your little bag is so sweet :) Daisy Debs x

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    1. Thank you for letting me know you called by, Daisy Debs, I shall pop over to visit you now. Barbara xx

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  15. Lovely to read your blog this evening ...looks beautiful where you are .We also have lots of lichens growimg here on trees ,old cornish hedges and the rocks on the cliffs . ...and your little bag is so sweet :) Daisy Debs x

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  16. I really like that pouch. What a great idea. I also really like your crewel work. Glad I popped over for my first of many visits, I am sure. Jo x
    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Jo,

      Nice to know you've visited!

      I popped over to yours, and love your Bettine dress and the lovely Harvest Berry shawl you've made.

      I can see I will be back to visit again very soon.

      Barbara xx

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