As you know, a few weeks ago I was picked to be a member of the Poppy Patch Posse, which was very exciting! My first kit arrived in the post and included all the fabrics, pattern and embroidery thread for this sewing pouch. The pattern is Forget-me-not Sewing Pocket, by the Australian designer Gail Pan. This beautiful hand-dyed Cottage Garden Thread is really lovely to use for hand embroidery. When I constructed the pouch, I used a thin felted polyester wadding (Pellon H630) and machine stitched an eighth of an inch from the outside edge once it has been turned the right way through...
...the original pattern has a button and ribbon for the closure, however I didn't have any ribbon the right colour, so I've improvised and used a sew-in button magnet to keep the sewing pouch closed, and used a vintage button on the front of the pouch. The pouch is hand quilted using a DMC perle thread in ecru in a simple cross hatch design. I've also added a wool felt needle keeper to the inside flap...
..inside there is a generous pocket for sewing supplies along with 2 smaller pockets. The bound lower edge of the flap folds over the smaller pockets ensuring everything stays in place when the pouch is closed...I've added a piece of lace trimming to the top of the pockets...
...and here is the completed sewing pouch. I am a huge fan of Gail Pan's patterns and this was such a pretty project to make. Gail's patterns are always written very simply and are easy to follow. The full size traceable stitchery design is included in the pattern along with detailed instruction of how to put the pouch together. The kit that Poppy Patch put together is really pretty, using fabrics from another Australian designer, Lynette Anderson and these fabrics are from her Swan Cottage collection. If you'd like to make one of these, kits are available on the Poppy Patch website. This has now been posted off to Poppy Patch to be on display as a "shop sample" so if you're passing you might see it!
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