July 2, 2012
Farewell, crap piles!
My sewing room was starting to look like Yucca Flat after the blast, so I decided to do some intensive cleaning this weekend. After 2 hours of blood, sweat, and fabric, I noticed I had an abundance of what Ray likes to call "crap piles". Whenever a surface starts to get cluttered, rather than putting all the items away, I have a bad habit of sweeping it all into a giant pile and pushing it off to the side. Since I haven't cleaned my sewing room since Christmas, I had an abundance of "crap piles" around the room, consisting mostly of UFO's. I'm really bad about cutting fabric for a project, and then forgetting about it for weeks/months after a more pressing project pops up.
So in the name of reducing the number of Crap Piles and my "to do" list, I sewed up several of my UFO's and listed them in my Etsy shop. My favorites definitely have to be the two frame pouches. I was a little freaked because this was only my second attempt (the first one being a swap pouch for Kelly), but I was really happy with how they turned out!
I made the Heirloom pouch first so I could get a little practice in before tackling the one using my precious Echino Bee fabric. I used 6" metal frames purchased at Joann's, and a fabulous tutorial by my good friend Kristie. I've been wanting to try her tutorial for a while, and it didn't disappoint. SUPER easy to follow and each pouch took only an hour to complete :)
FYI, the other pouches pictured above were made using my box pouch tutorial (top left), and Keyka Lou's Pocket Clutch pattern (top right). All pouches are now for sale in my Etsy shop :)