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lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Remember I said I had a few Lotus Pond scraps leftover?  Well, I couldn’t help myself and had to sew these medium and large size Open Wide Pouches.  I couldn’t resist pairing them with the denim and pretty colored zippers.

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Like I said before, a zippered pouch is one of my favorite things to sew, what else can I say?

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

I have gotten a few questions about the leather scraps I’ve been using.  My cousin gave me a bag of leather scraps from after she visited a local moccasin making company (thanks Jennifer!).  I wasn’t sure what I’d be doing with them, the scraps were fairly small with a lot of irregularities.  They were just that – scraps from shoe making!  Well, I’ve cut them into thin strips to make into zipper pulls, I cut them thin and long enough to thread through the zipper pull.  I love the way it looks and it’s super functional!  I also used the leather for Emily’s coat that I made.  I just winged it and tried to make it so the draw cord wouldn’t slip back through the casing.  Just used my sharp scissors and cut a few ovals that had 2 slots for the cord to slip through.  If you’re having a hard time locating leather (or even leather scraps) I’d suggest asking around.  If you have a local shoe repair shop, maybe ask if they have scraps you can purchase. Or there’s always the re-purposing method of buying a leather coat or pants from a thrift shop and cutting it up.

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

Well, I have a cluster of projects to share starting at the end of this week, too, just to warn you.  I’m not quite sure how it all happened, but somehow I have four things to post on one day.  Oops.  I guess you can say I’m not the best at scheduling.  But don’t worry, I’ll spare you from four posts and will spread it out over a few days. Exciting things though, I’m so excited to share them with you.

Thanks so much for hanging out here!  I think I even have a giveaway planned!

Noodlehead   lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

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31 Responses to lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

  1. DKB 04.29.2014 at 9:13 am #

    Love pouches too, they satisfy the urge to create. so simple.
    snails look so cute paired with bright blue.

  2. dolores 04.29.2014 at 9:24 am #

    One can never have enough zippy pouches! Great to have on hand for a gift too!

    I just can’t get over that you get that leather through the little hole in the zippers!:)

  3. Brienne Moody 04.29.2014 at 9:30 am #

    Looking good! I need to make a bunch more of these. Such a great shape, Anna!

  4. Sara 04.29.2014 at 9:36 am #

    I bought a couple little leather scraps from a cute fabric shop in Savannah, not knowing what I would do with them but loved the shiny blue and they were so soft, this is a perfect idea! I LOVE your zipper pouches!

  5. Sherri | Thread Riding Hood 04.29.2014 at 9:38 am #

    So great as usual. Reminds me how much I love this pattern! Thanks.

  6. Lynne Tilley 04.29.2014 at 10:03 am #

    I’m going to be on the lookout now for scraps of leather, from any sources, especially something lightweight and soft. I keep seeing this used and I know I’d love that. Yours are fabulous! Look forward to your surprise posts. You always have something good going on. I just love your posts and your blog. Thanks!

  7. terrieannie 04.29.2014 at 10:10 am #

    I love the snails! Can’t wait for the Lotus line to be released…..

  8. Sarina 04.29.2014 at 10:34 am #

    Love your pouches! You are the master.

  9. Katie 04.29.2014 at 11:21 am #

    I love the open wide pouch — it’s my favorite to give and to keep. I have a larger one for all my quilting tools and it makes accessing them so easy. these are adorable

  10. Heike 04.29.2014 at 11:35 am #


  11. Marilyn 04.29.2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Love the bags. Have to go on my to do list

  12. aangto 04.29.2014 at 1:35 pm #

    I really love this pattern and always love all your fabric combos!

  13. Flying Blind... 04.29.2014 at 3:20 pm #


  14. Katy Cameron 04.29.2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Great use for the leather!

  15. Debbie Faber 04.29.2014 at 5:48 pm #

    I have to say that your blog is one of my favorites. I cannot tell you how many ideas I get from you. Made two of those duffle bags, one for each grandson (they are perfect for weapons says the 4 year old, but I noticed mama packed them for a sleepover here this week), a wallet for the 4 year old and numerous pouch bags that I have used as a personal addition for a graduation gift (check inside) I thank you.

  16. Debbie Faber 04.29.2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Oh, and one more thing about the leather…don’t forget you can cut up those old purses for leather scraps, even wallets that have become overloved :)

  17. Terry 04.29.2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Love those pretty pouches! I need to find a source for bulk zippers…

  18. Vicky Nardone 04.29.2014 at 7:01 pm #

    The fabric you used for these is sooo cute! It pairs perfectly with the denim. Did you just make up a patter or did you follow a store bought pattern for these.

  19. A Quilter's Mission 04.29.2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Love these! Great fabric.

  20. thingsforboys 04.29.2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Beautiful! You should just make these…forever! So perfect! And I knew I was keeping my teeny tiny fabric scraps fora reason!

    • thingsforboys 04.30.2014 at 7:06 pm #

      I meant teeny tiny leather scraps…that makes more sense!

  21. kristin 04.30.2014 at 1:30 am #

    these are great! love those bright zips. i don’t make enough zip pouches but i’m always happy with myself when i do. :)

  22. Cindy 04.30.2014 at 8:51 am #

    Love your adorable pouches!! Super cute!! Love the pretty zippers and the leather pulls just add to it!:)

  23. Rae 04.30.2014 at 1:55 pm #

    super cute!! Love these. :)

  24. Ann 04.30.2014 at 5:27 pm #

    How do you do the side patterns following your pattern? These look wonderful with the denim on the sides. Is that denim from a bolt or from old jeans? Love your blog!

  25. Lucinda Poel 04.30.2014 at 5:54 pm #

    You seriously rock the pouches! I always love, love your versions of this great pattern:) These are no exception – what great fabric choices!!

  26. Barbara Kanta 05.01.2014 at 10:34 am #


  27. gail 05.01.2014 at 4:27 pm #

    these are so happy and lovely! i can’t believe i’ve never made a zip pouch…it needs to be remedied. :)

  28. Lyndalee 05.04.2014 at 1:59 am #

    Love it.

  29. Lyndalee 05.04.2014 at 1:59 am #

    Love it.

  30. Very Shannon 05.12.2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Dying over these! No matter how many times I make pouches they are never as awesome as yours! Love the fabric pairings!

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