lotus pond open wide pouches + leather scraps

4.29.2014




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.



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


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.


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!



31 comments :

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

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  2. 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!:)

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

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. 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!

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  7. I love the snails! Can't wait for the Lotus line to be released.....

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  8. Love your pouches! You are the master.

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  9. 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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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 :)

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

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  15. 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.

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

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    1. I meant teeny tiny leather scraps...that makes more sense!

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

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

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  19. super cute!! Love these. :)

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  20. 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!

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

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

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  23. 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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