Scrappy Patchy Pouch

There are two things that I find satisfying when sewing.  One is finding a good use for lots of scrappy off-cuts and the second is getting something for nothing.  So this project, which uses both, can't help but please me.  

The scrappy scraps speak for themselves, the patchwork for this pouch was cobbled together out of odds and ends from the scrap pot.  No plan, no order, just sewing bits onto other bits until I had a big enough piece of fabric to make something out of.

The 'something for nothing' was courtesy of the nice people at Coats Crafts* who were kind enough to send me this rather cute and clever lacy zipper.  I've seen these pretty little zippers before so I was very happy to say that yes, I did indeed think I might be able to find a use for them.

They duly sent me about a meter length of this zip and the clever part is, you just cut it to the size you require.  Kind of handy that I thought.  The only draw back being that it only had two of the little zipper pulls which you use for the opening and closing, which is rather limiting if you only make small things, like I tend to do.  So a great deal of my generous length zip will no doubt be wasted.

They also kindly sent me an informative leaflet suggesting ways in which to use the zips which I must admit I found faintly alarming.  Call me conventional but I think I'll stick to more traditional uses for now.

I do like that you don't have to worry too much about the difficulties of stitching a zip into a project.  Very handy for zip novices like me.  These ones just sit nicely on top so are much easier to cope with and I love the decorative element.  What I'd really love though is if it had one of those pretty little zip pullers that you sometimes see.  That would really make it wouldn't it?

As usual, of course, the most enjoyable part was playing with the patchwork pieces and fitting them together.  It was a little bit like a jigsaw really, except with this type of jigsaw, you can always cut the pieces down a bit to fit!

Now I just need to find a use for my pretty little pouch.
But somehow I don't suppose that'll be too hard.

Oh, and before I go, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for your fabulous response to my new Daisy Puffagons Tutorial, you are always so awesome and supportive and gosh darn super!

S x

*This is not a sponsored post.

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  1. Really pretty little pouch Sandra! Love it!

  2. Very pretty, I really like the idea of those zips!

  3. Lovely. Must pass this on to my daughter as she bought a couple of little zips like this last week in case she found somewhere to use them.

  4. So cute and so you - I love it!! I have one of those zips that i bought in a sale some time ago that I need to put to good use. Honey can I ask where you got those crochet cottons in the top picture from? I'm on the look out at the mo...

  5. That zipper is so cute and you found a very pretty way to use it!

  6. Such a lovely pouch! I love your random patchwork and the hand-stitched details~ You have such a beautiful blog!!

  7. I love this pouch so much! There's something so appealing about small-scale patchwork and little zipped bags. I've seen those new decorative zippers and they look great fun. Must try one out. Is it your own pattern? E x

  8. Very pretty little pouch! And the dresses in the photo... LOVE!!
    Have a great week,

  9. I really love your pouch, that would be so handy for taking away on holiday. The zips are brilliant. Not being ace at putting zips in myself, I wonder if this is something even I could do.
    Sally xxx

  10. A very pretty pouch Sandra. The zips are a fantastic idea, do they supply a pack of the additional zips?

  11. Awwwwww such a pretty zip Sandra and you used it and highlighted its beauty in the best of ways.... as usual! Your pouch is a real cutie :)
    A real shame though the waste of the length of the zip.. you should start to make 50 cm wide pouches I guess :D
    Big hug


  12. Your posts are always so cheery and colourful. Mine are, well, just Scottish!!

  13. So cute and what a great zip this is. I love all the colours you have used in this pouch and they way you have done the stitching.
    Getting your blog updates is such a joy
    Best wishes, Heike (of madewithloops)

  14. Oooh, lovely zipper. I love your sewing work!

  15. Your pouch is absolutely the prettiest thing I've seen all week. It's utterly charming.

  16. Sandra, I love everything about this little project! The tiny, happy scraps, the beautiful hand stitching, the delicate nature of the whole thing and that ZIPPER! I have GOT to get me some of those! Thanks for sharing.



  17. Beautiful zipper, love the detail edge, and lovely pouch!

  18. You have an incredibly beautiful blog. You work is so lovely. I've been clicking through for the past hour, a real treat to read and look through. Thank you for sharing :)

  19. Charming and lovely pouch!


  20. It's a delightful little pouch, and your sewing is so neat! I personally think all zips should be that pretty. x

  21. everything you make is soooo perfect looking! You're care for details is awe-inspiring!!