Look at these fun fabrics!

Fun prints! Fun colors! Fast, easy scrap-busting project! Hurrah!

These are awesome little zippered pouches, great to throw in your purse to organize all that stuff that usually embarrassingly falls out at the worst possible moment. Or, add a wristlet and carry all the essentials – great for a phone, small camera, cash and keys.

Mostly using this sew4home wristlet tutorial but also incorporating Dog Under My Desk’s neat and tidy zippered pouches tutorial for a polished, secure, no-raw-seams inside finish.

These make great gifts. This speedy project is a stash-buster, lets you try your hand at mixing and matching prints. Yes, there’s a zipper – but fear not! This is as basic and as easy a zipper installation as you’ll ever come across. If you’ve never done a zipper, this is a great project to learn on, because if you totally mess it up (You wont!) you won’t waste a lot of fabric.

Here’s a few of my takes on this great little pouch!

All zippered up! D ring can hold keys, a carrabiner, or a wrist strap.

All zippered up! D ring can hold keys, a carrabiner, or a wrist strap.

 

Opened up. See the pretty lining? A great size for your purse essentials.

Opened up. See the pretty lining? A great size for your purse essentials.

Super fun color combos! With a small project like this, you can use bright, wild colors for a fun little bag!

Super fun color combos! With a small project like this, you can use bright, wild colors for a fun little bag!

Linen adds a classic, timeless look and feel, and holds up wonderfully.

Linen adds a classic, timeless look and feel, and holds up wonderfully.

Getting motivated

Summer. I love it. Cool drinks, warm sun, a breeze, a book… ahhhh.

But it can be so hard to take the time to enjoy the sunny days. Kids, work, house, hobbies, kids … everything still needs to be done. Boss doesn’t like it when you call out because it’s sunny. Kids still need guidance. And food. Lil stinkers like to eat 3+ times a day!

My sewing hobby has captivated my interest again, after a long post-holiday break. I made a messenger bag for my sister’s birthday — black and white with a pop of hot pink and a hot pink interior — along with a zippered pouch, a sunglasses case and a monogrammed keychain, all in the same fabrics.Turned out so cute, but my photos left a lot to be desired. I was already a week late getting it all finished (but we’re like that, she and I), so I packaged it up and sent it off without taking good photos.

Told ya the photos were awful! But I love this messenger bag I made for my sister, and it was HARD to package it up and mail it out!

Told ya the photos were awful! But I love this messenger bag I made for my sister, and it was HARD to package it up and mail it out!

I have also completed a couple of other bags and zippered wristlets which I adore! (more to come on those later this week!)

Keep reading: Photos and links to tuts used

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