Sunday, October 7, 2012

My First Pouches

Designer - Appleseed Prim For Free Pattern click here
35ct color - Linen by Lakeside Linens
Threads:  Vintage brown silk - The Thread Gatherer
Yellow Green D - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
Rust - WDW & DMC 815

 THANK YOU ALL for helping me & teaching me to position the photos & paragraphs in posting here in blog land.  Oh my goodness. My eyes are still adjusting to these new changes. I really appreciate all the help I received and I sure needed it. So the more posts I do the more practice I will get:)

I had been wanting something nice to store my cross stitch projects in other than zip-locks. So I had this free Apple Tree design (sorry I've hunted on the blogs and web to look where I had gotten this design from and couldn't find it. If you do know whose design this is, please let me know and I will list where find it) and stitched it with in mind to to create a Fall Pouch.


Here is my first large project pouch. Thank you Lisa from the Inspired Stitcher so very much for giving me the name of the designer and pattern. I bought the pattern from Ebay (photo of pattern at the end of this post). The apples I sketched freehand and cut them using wool felts.


 I found a bag of laces in my moms collection of sewing stash. And I decided to use some. It sure took some time to hand stitch the laces but I think it looks so pretty. Just a little piece of lace. When I look at this fall pouch I made, I think of all the times my mom and dad took us to Apple Hill in Placerville California. Apple Hill is a Growers assoc of about 40-50 barns that offer everything made with apples. Every barn offers something different but all sell APPLES! We've been going for over 30 years ( since I was little) and thinking of it brings back great happy memories.


 This is my Christmas project pouch I sewed. Someone (I won't say who) came in the kitchen and laid a  plastic bag near the iron I had out and on. Naturally the gold print of the plastic bag rubbed on the bottom of the iron. The nameless person didn't know, and neither did I, that the bag melted some on the iron. So when I went to iron the burgundy fabric I noticed there was specks of yellow on the fabric. Then I looked on the bottom of the iron......Arggg
This is why I added the plaid ribbon to the pouch. You can still see some yellow specks below under the zipper. I made the best of it and kept going.

I took out my Big Shot machine and selected a Tim Holtz die (tattered roses) and cut some flowers (had to add some pink on the pouch) from wool felt. I free hand cut the leaves and stitched them, the flowers and a button in the middle of the flowers.


This piece of lace is also from my moms collection. I remember when we took a trip to San Francisco Jessica McClintock's outlet called "The Gunny Sax" - this was years ago. Mom paid .50 cents for the one piece of lace I used in the above photo (such a bargain).


This is a small zipper pouch I had first stitched after watching a tutorial on You Tube here.
Afterward I had made this little pouch,  then I learned & bought the pattern for pouches that Lisa recommended and made the large project pouches:)

My very first time sewing a zipper ever. I am so proud. 

This is the pattern I used. This has been a great way of using up fabrics in my stash. Also a great excuse to go pretty fabric shopping:))))) Love it. And Thank you Lisa Again.

Thank you for visiting me. With Love and Appreciation  - Annette



17 comments:

Siobhán said...

Wow Annette, your pouches look great! I always joke that I can't stitch or sew anything useful--the closest I get to that is quilts. I have no clue how to put in a zipper, etc. Nice work!

Vickie said...

Love your work Annette! Great job. I think it is wonderful, just perfect that you used the laces from your mom.

Jackie said...

Annette, your pouches look fantastic! Love the wool flowers and the apples. I especially like the bits of lace trim from your mom's stash. I've never tried making a pouch - the zipper sort of scares me.

gracie said...

Very nice...love them all!

P.J. said...

Awesome job lady. Your embellishments really glam them up. Very nice! Can someone share with me how to align my posts? I am trying to get the hang of it....

Nancy said...

Wonderful job on those pouches! I love how you used decorative items that hold good memories for you, makes them that more special!

SoCal Debbie said...

Your pouches are wonderful! I never thought of using something nicer than my Ziploc baggies! I admire your bravery with the zipper and your creativeness with all the extra little touches.

Anonymous said...

Lovelyl finish. That free design is from Appleseed Prim.

Chris said...

Wow Annette! Your pouches are amazing. You did a lovely job with them and the added trims and stitching.

Carol said...

Oh, they are so, so pretty, Annette!! I especially love the Appleseed one--thanks for the link!!

Akila said...

Wow, very pretty pattern and also pouch. It does not look like your first attempt at all, congratulations on that. Thanks for the link, she has some great patterns there

Sharon said...

Gorgeous pouches Annette!

Karoline said...

Your pouches are gorgeous, congratulations

Lynn said...

Amazing finishing Annette! The pouches are gorrrgeous!!!

Patty C. said...

Beautiful pouches !!!

PegC said...

Love the pouches, can never have enough!

Did you by chance write instructions about posting pics? I'd love help too!

Ricamo a Doppio Filo said...

Love it!!!
Naty