I don’t know about you but this pouch has been on my radar since I first saw it a really long time ago. I think not only the beautifully coordinated fabrics but also the adorable zipper is what hooked me. And the idea of storing all those grocery store cards, hotel cards, frequent travel cards… in one place that is not in my billfold sold me!
So when I finally needed a little pouch, to enclose a gift for my daughter-in-law, I decided I would have a go at it. This is the reason I took on learning how to shorten a metal zipper.
I followed the directions, exactly.
I feel like I am a very experienced seamstress. I sewed, for a living, for many, many years. I did alterations. I created bridesmaids’ dresses. I did upholstery. I made curtains. I made the family’s clothes. I replaced more zippers, coats, billfolds, jeans… than I can count. I even made bags for a university’s orientation packages.
And this pouch was not easy. Lots of hand sewing that needs to be pretty close to perfect, okay I got that.
Topstitching that needs to be near perfect as well, no problem. Seam ripper available if needed.
Perfection was difficult to achieve in this one.
My biggest issue was with the card separator section trying to get caught in the zipper. With the design, as is, I’m not sure how you can avoid that.
Next time I might try it with her original design, instead of her new and improved plan.
Either way, I am happy to have given it a go.
Even though it wasn’t my prototype, it was the first try at someone else’s tutorial so it felt like my prototype! I like to spread them around the family, so no one person gets stuck with all the jancky test patterns!
I do have to say my husband’s end-grain cutting boards make everything look better! They were waiting to be gift wrapped and worked as a great prop amongst the mess of my studio! He does beautiful work!
Have you made one of these? I’d love to hear about it if you did!
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I love this! Cute fabric too. My husband has been bugging me to make him one for his receipts when he travels for work, but I’ve been reluctant to sew something so small and fiddly… I might give this one a try though – thanks!
I tried to make this pouch as a Christmas present and failed miserably. :(. It’s very reassuring to hear your experience!! 🙂
Really sweat. I love how yours turned out!
Holy cuteness! How could something so sweet and petite cause so much trouble? I’m going to take your word for it, though, and pass on that tutorial until I’m having an especially brave day. : )
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I came over from LAFF. I think it’s amazing! I would never make it, because of the very things you listed as issues. I hate sewing fiddly stuff. Yours looks good, though. BTW, re: what it says above the comment box. My mother always said she liked to talk to herself because it was nice to listen to someone intelligent for a change. LOL
LOL about your mother’s saying! sounds like something mine would have said!
If you sewed professionally and had difficulties, I think this is a project that I’ll pass on! I’m not good with fiddly little things, even though I love your finished product!
Lovely! I love this pouch so much!! I want to make one…Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks for your honest appraisal. Sounds kinda tricky! Pretty darn cute though
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Such a cute pouch!
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Your pouches are so cute!!
You should start sewing these for everyone for Christmas, I can never have enough zippered pouches!
Reblogged this on Sewfrench and commented:
Back in 2015, when I first published this post, I had so many negative comments about this being an impossible pouch to make, I could not even publish them.
Obviously it is possible to make. I made it! Easy? No. But definitely doable.
So when I received an email from Anna Graham, aka Noodlehead, featuring her newest pattern design, Yarrow Pouch, (on sale for 20% off through Sunday, January 16th 10pm CST) https://shop.noodle-head.com/collections/pdf-sewing-patterns/products/yarrow-wristlet-pouch-pattern I had a flashback to this advanced skill level, zippered card pouch I made so many years ago. I have used many of Noodlehead’s designs, over the years and have blogged about a few of them, The Open Wide bag https://sewfrench.com/2013/07/04/love-you-vibes-are-in-the-bag/ and the Poolside Tote https://sewfrench.com/2015/05/22/amelia-approved/ so I know her pattern must be easier to follow that the original Pinterest one I used! https://www.craftpassion.com/zipper-card-pouch/ Anna will also to be doing a sew-a-long, stating January 27, along with videos, which I know should make the construction go smoother.
This is in no way sponsored, I do not personally know Anna, but I do know her patterns are professional and I don’t remember ever having an issue with them. She also sells the best zippers, hardware and leather trim for her designs!
If you make this pouch, or Anna’s, I would love to hear your experience!
I came here after looking for feedback on the Yarrow Wristlet. Nice to here your experience.
I’ve made the minimalist wallet some times and the range backpack. And this yarrow pattern is kind of teasing me 🙂
I think I’ll go for it.
I think the fact thet there is no card separator section will make it easier 🙂
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one!