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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2012

Let’s have a picnic!

Giveaway Day
I’ve participated in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day before with great success. I think I’ve even met a few of my regular readers through taking part in the past.

Today I’d like offer one of my picnic pouches to one lucky reader. It’s a zipper pouch covered in “grass” with a picnic blanket lining with a mushroom and an ant (what picnic is complete without an ant or two). ALSO, I’m throwing in a grass journal and a scrappy leaf keychain.
Giveaway Day 2
This giveaway is open to everyone. To enter the giveaway just leave one comment on this post letting me know what item you would bring to our virtual picnic. Entries will be accepted until Friday, May 25th, at 7 p.m. CST. Thank you for participating.

Check out the SewMamSew Giveaway Day to enter other giveaways on other blogs.

Grass Pouch and Handbound Book

While I was packing for the craft show I found several items that I had made to sell, but then never listed. Things that I LOVED and thought others would probably LOVE as well. They were sitting patiently in my Etsy shelves with all the other products, stacked and ready to package and send off. It kind of goes to show how my real passion is for making things, and NOT necessarily for photographing, editing, composing and listing items. I’ve had the afternoon off, so I took some time to photograph and share a few new items in my shop.

First, this fun Grass Zipper Pouch. I made my first grass pouch, probably 10-15 years ago and so in that time I’ve been able to add a few touches that make them that much sweeter.

The outside is plastic grass fabric, and the inside is red and white gingham, like a picnic blanket. The final touch is an ant and adorable mushroom on the zipper pull.


Next is this adorable handbound book, with a green binding and a graphic alphabet cover on the front and back. The fun doesn’t end there because much like the grass pouch, the inside has a surprise.


The inside pages are made from a variety of papers I’ve collected or made. There’s graph paper, watercolor paper, lined paper, manilla, illustration pages and more.

3.27 book

Both of these items are now available in my Etsy Shop.

Thank you for stopping by and don’t miss out on a chance to win a free chalkboard ring or treasure box, leave a comment on the post at this link before the first of April.

Day Twenty – Second yoyo pouch

I’m almost complete with this second yoyo pouch. I’m pretty excited because I’m getting much better and adding extra touches that really finish them off. I’m going to wait until I have three entirely complete before listing any in my shop.

Off to work on another. I’m addicted.

Day Nine – Yoyo Zipper Clutch

I’m so excited about day nine’s thing, I just had to share it before it is completely finished.

I’ve actually been working on this yoyo zipper clutch in bits and pieces, here and there, over the last several weeks. Most of the work went into piecing the yoyos, as you can probably see. The zipper pouch is complete, I just need to anchor the yoyos to the pouch itself.


When working on yoyo’s I love picking fabrics that have super tiny patterns, and I found this excellent retro reproduction fabric at a local quilt shop. I love that I was able to find a zipper in just the exact color I wanted, which replicated the color in the fabric. I wanted more of a pale orange, sherbet color, for the background, in the pouch itself, but I just can’t find a good selection and variety of solid fabrics locally. It’s either patterned or the 10 standard colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, gray and white) and that’s it. Forget about finding anything as fancy as chartreuse or teal, as if they were some extraordinary, hard to come by, colors. I could probably find the colors I want online, but when I buy, I usually only buy half a yard here and half a yard there. It’s not really worth it to buy online if I’ll have to pay for shipping, And there’s always the fear that the color on the screen is not the same color as what arrives in the mail.

I’m thrilled at the way this pouch looks and I’ve already cut out fabric and started working on my second pouch. I’ll post better pictures once it’s completely finished. With any luck, I’ll be posting some of these to my etsy store soon.

Day One – Galaxy Zipper Pouch

Day One.

For my first creation of the month I made this zipper pouch for my sister. It’s actually part of her very belated birthday present (her birthday’s in May). Earlier this year our Aunt (hi Aunt Susan!) took us to a fabulous quilt shop (Quilter’s Heaven) where they had several amazing fabrics that looked like outer space. I bought a couple and my sister said. “Great, you can make me something with that.” The only thing is, I’m not sure if it was this space fabric or another one that I bought, so I might be making another zipper pouch soon. That will be perfectly fine, because I’ll just add the other one to my etsy shop.

I bought the orange zipper specifically for my sister because that is her favorite color and I thought would be a perfect contrast to the navy blue, as well as bring out the small touches of orange that already exist in the fabric. When I was done I felt like it still needed something so I made three fabric buttons to go on the front. Now I think it looks pretty rad.

Oh, and as usual, I used this tutorial, on skiptomylou, to make the pouch. I really should print that pattern out, because God forbid if it were to ever be taken down, I’d be lost without it. It’s such a simple concept, but every time I make a zippered pouch I have to look it up and make sure I’m doing it correct, step by step.