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Finished Project: WIP & Floss Bags

I have so many cross stitch works in progress going at the moment; I had them spread all over the coffee table, in dangerous proximity to open cups of tea and such. So I decided to make a nice case to hold all my supplies, keeping them safe, clean, and easy to pick up and take with me!

picture of exterior of large rectangular bag with zipper opening

I made the bag from five fat quarters that I got at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, plus some interfacing I had lying around and a zipper salvaged from a bag that I bought a pillow in. Like the cat & woodgrain bags, I used the basic technique from this Design Sponge tutorial.

picture of interior of bag showing the three compartments stuffed with cross stitching supplies

For the lining, I sewed three fat quarters together and folded them up to divide the inside into three sections. I put one project into each compartment, and I still have a bit more room. And the bag is big enough to fit a clipboard for pattern pages.

If I had to do it over, I would have put some more/thicker interfacing in the lining so it wasn’t as floppy. The bag stands up alright on its own, but the dividers would be better if they were stiffer.

I also made some more floss bags to hold the flosses for the Steotchalong project (which I still haven’t finished, oops), and for another surprise Christmas present project that I’m working on.

small zippered bag made from pink and white bird print fabric

small zippered bag made from colorful, red, blue, and yellow geometric tribal print fabric

They’re so pretty and useful!

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Kitten & Woodgrain Zippered Pouches

About two weeks ago I spent the day making some cute and useful zippered pouches out of fat quarters. I learned how to make these pouches from this Design Sponge tutorial and they are really so simple that I think anyone who can thread a sewing machine can make them, too. It was so fun picking out fat quarters from the quilt shop to use. Here’s what I made:

picture of zippered pouch made from colorful cat-printed fabric with red zipper, with markers and pens spilling out

Cat printed pouch; click here to buy now

picture of zippered pouch made from purple woodgrain printed fabric with black zipper, with markers and pens spilling out

Purple woodgrain pouch; click here to buy now

picture of purple woodgrain zippered pouch turned partly inside out to show the purple printed lining

Fabric: purple/violet woodgrain print from Joel Dewberry’s True Colors collection lined with purple printed quilting cotton from unknown designer

If you don’t want to make your own bags, you can buy the ones pictured above in my etsy shop. Supplies are limited (at least until I order more of that adorable cat print)!

I cut my fabric into rectangles that were 9 by 6 inches (22.9 by 15.2 cm). At that size, two fat quarters will give you 3 lined bags, or 6 unlined bags, with very little waste. Two whole yards of fabric would yield 12 bags — that’s a lot of bags, but I have found infinite uses for them. Pencil cases, holding sewing and cross stitching supplies, bags for toiletries and makeup, &c. What would you keep in a little pouch like these?

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