Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pleated Pouch Presents

I found a great tutorial on pleated pouches at Skip to my Lou and decided to make a few small gifts.

I found the tutorial very good and learned about some of the pitfalls in making these.
I found that a 6" zipper worked better than the suggested 7".  It's also very important to line
up the front part of the pouch with the backside while installing the zipper.
This isn't very apparent at first but after my seam ripper got a workout I learned!
Ladybug Clutch
A cute ladybug button adorns this pouch.  My mother loved hers!

Elegant Clutch Tutorial
An elegant black and white one for my dear friend, Ady (made one of these for myself, too!)
Zippered Pouch.  Cat fabric.
My friend, neighbor, cat lover and cat sitter, Ollie got this one topped in beige.

Pleated Pouch Tutorial Post
My friend Phyllis (also a cat lover) go this one in pink.
They are useful for so many things that clutter up a purse.  A lipstick, jewelry, gum, pen, receipts.

two pink pleated pouches
 Two 'pretty in pink' ones for my daughter's darling nieces, Rain and Ayla.

Pleated Pouch with horse fabric and Pony Button Embellishment
   My niece, Ali loves horses.  Hope she likes the little pony button!

Elegant Burlap Bag in Black
Black Burlap Bag Tutorial.  Burlap Purse, learn how to make
And for my daughter's new mother-in-law a burlap bag.

I  MUST make one of these for ME!  I'm getting better at the burlap bag and have
found that iron on interfacing is a must for the body.  I've also learned how to feed interfacing into the straps after I've made and turned them making this bag much sturdier and easier to make.

I just made another burlap bag...white with yellow print lining.  It's shaped just like the black bag above.  Tutorial coming!



  1. You're too clever. Those little bags are perfect for travel too - for the little things that one doesn't want to put into checked baggage, for makeup bits and pieces. I'll be visiting the button aisle of my needlework store - they have such sweet buttons and they really dress up the bag.

  2. Such wonderful presents. I don't know which one I like the best; they all are so cute. You are very talented!

  3. Happy New Year Nancy,

    I'm impressed with all the new beauties,
    and love the sweet selections of fabrics,
    Too Cute !

  4. Hi Nancy...

    Sooo cute! These really would make sweet gifts! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    Warmest wishes and Happy New Year!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. Love these! Would you share them at my linky party Friday?

  6. Great job on your pleated pouches! LOVE them all!!! I too realized that I needed to line up my pouch better. Can't wait to make more and practice! :) I'm your newest follower!

  7. These are so cute! I love the little embellishments. That burlap bag is very chic too. I featured you today on my sewing round up :)

  8. I love these - thanks for linking up at mostly made by you!

  9. These are soooo cute! My girls would love it if I made them some of these. Thanks for linking to Whatcha Got Wednesday!

  10. VERY cute! Thanks for linking them up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

  11. These are very very cute. I'm going to check out the tutorial. I know what you mean about the zipper because I just made a few small bags myself. Sometimes I end up trimming off one end.
    Thanks for sharing. They came out great! I'm going to be posting the ones I made - copied from a small purse I bought last summer which is now tattered and ruined.:) Best wishes for a happy new year. Linda

  12. Oh, and thanks so much for featuring my Scotty Dog Pillows. I also made some bunny pillows for Easter last year. Linda

  13. Hi Nancy, I was wondering what you've been up to! These turned out so cute and I'm sure all of the recipients loved them. I think I like the cat fabric the best :).

  14. OK I am totally in love with that last one! And the first one, and the other ones:)
    Great job,

  15. Hi! I asked my mom for the shawl pattern, but she made it more than 2 years ago. She doesn't have it anymore, but she said she will try to draw it. When I get it from her, I'll e-mail it to you.

  16. What adorable little bags. Great gifts to give to loved ones while always keeping one for yourself. I really love the burlap handbag!

  17. What pretty and thoughtful gifts!

  18. Very cute bags. I'm going to have to try my hand at that tutorial.

  19. These are so cute!! I love the cat ones! We have 5 cats, so they are near and dear to me! :) Great work!!

    PS - I found you via freckled laundry and I'm so glad I did! :)

  20. Thanks for the link to the tutorial! I really love the color combinations you chose, especially the second cat pouch!

  21. Hello! I was browsing around to find some great new people to join my linky parties, and I am now your newest follower! I would love for you to come join in and don't forget to enter my $250 giveaway while you are there!

  22. Did I just read you made something easier to make??? Can you do a tutorial? I love those mini bags and that burlap bag---oh, I must have one!

  23. Hello did the linking party too. I love your blog.


    Giveaways I have are April Showers cricut cart, Scal Software, 1yr Paper Crafts Magazine, 36ct Bic Markers. I will keep a log of her facebook page of all who sign up for me.

    I am trying to win a cricut for childrens art department, so I am offering up these prizes.



  24. These are the sweetest little pouches, Nancy! I love the dark burlap on your bag, too! Thank you so much for sharing with air your Laundry Friday!


  25. Those are so cute! Especially love the first 2.

  26. I LOVE both of these! They are sooo darn cute!

  27. Oh my - such lucky gift recipients! I LOVE how endlessly customizable the pouches are. And the burlap bag! Burlap is one of my favourite materials.

  28. I love that burlap bag. I've had some brown burlap in my sewing stash for about 2 years now. I knew I just "had" to have it at the time and now I know why!! Thanks for sharing.

  29. As always, LOVE these. And the burlap is always my first choice - looking forward to the tutorial! -diane

  30. These are so sweet! I love the button embellishment you add. Perfect!


  31. So Beautiful... Thank you for linking up!

  32. That bag is just perfect! I love the pouches too and that's the next thing on my sewing to do list!

    Thanks for sharing on FFA!

    Hannah @

  33. Very cute! I love sewing bags as well. ... Thanks for visiting loved it!


  34. Hi Nancy...

    What cute little pouches! I love all the different fabrics and buttons that you chose to decorate with...simply adorable! The pouches really would be handy for small items that tend to get lost in a purse...great idea! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE the burlap purse! What a talented lady you are, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing this great post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  35. I love the little pink ones! I'm your newest follower.

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  37. Hi. I loved your black burlap purse but a tutorial never followed. I would love to make it. Thank you!

  38. Hi I also love the first burlap bag with the ring. can you share the tutorial? also, any suggestions on where to buy the ring you used?


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