Notions Pouch Sew Along Week 3


Wow, this sew along is flying by! We are already in the middle of Week 3 and you guys, I cannot stop making pouches! I've heard a lot of great feedback about how easy the zipper installation has gone for you, and I'm thrilled that so many of you are enjoying all of the hand stitching on these bags! I've caught up on some favorite shows and new shows (did I just age myself?) while hand sewing the zippers and bindings. What have you been streaming or listening to while you sew?

I've got a new pouch to show you this week, as well as the SAL winners for Week 1 and 2!

 retro mama | pinwheel quilted notions pouch
I revisited a fun technique for this pouch, using the Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel Ruler from Primitive Gatherings (you can find the pattern at Fat Quarter Shop, Etsy, and check your LQS too, that is where I found mine!). I made a mini quilt with this a while back and the scale is perfect for the medium sized pouch. The panel I made for this bag was 7 squares wide by 11 squares tall and I alternated blue and cream (or low volume blue) prints.

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 retro mama | patchwork pinwheels

You can see the leftover remnants on my previous blog post—and spoiler alert: it's a fair amount of waste, so I do not recommend these pinwheels for your expensive or rare fabrics! I did have to hand stitch a seam back together a time or two as folding the bag stressed the seams a bit. I suggest using a short stitch length and handling the panel as little as possible. If you are braver than me a bit of FMQ would help as well.

I just had to add a little stamp from a piece of Kokka fabric I recently bought, even though it covered up a precious pinwheel or two.

 retro mama | pinwheel quilted notions pouch

 retro mama | pinwheel quilted notions pouch

 retro mama | pinwheel quilted notions pouch

We kicked off the SAL with so many incredible pouches! Heidi @fabricmutt (Heidi's blog) and Minki @zeriano (Minki's shop) chose the winners and generously awarded the prizes for Week 1

Week 1 Winners (photo credits to Deidra and Susan)

Deidra @quiltyobsession

 retro mama | Notions Pouch SAL Winner Deidra @quiltyobsession
What a cute pouch—isn't that Dresden plate to die for? So much fussy-cutting goodness! Deidra recently hosted the #tinydresdenparty sew along so check out that hashtag for a ton of gorgeous (and bitty) Dresden projects.

Susan @3redtulips

 retro mama | Notions Pouch SAL Winner Week 1 Susan @3redtulips
The colors are so pretty, and I love the phrase on the front of the bag! You really can't go wrong with Bonnie and Camille fabrics, and Susan used rick rack to great effect on her sweet pouch.


Our hosts Cat @tincatsew and Stephanie @sissybellesews (Stephanie's Etsy shop) chose the winners and awarded prizes for Week 2, thanks so much, ladies!

Week 2 Winners (photo credits to Polina and Sue)

Polina @polina.lisitsyna

 retro mama | Notions Pouch Winner Week 2 Polina @polina.lisitsyna

 retro mama | Notions Pouch SAL Winner Week 2 Polina @polina.lisitsyna
Polina used such beautiful prints and multicolored Kantha stitching on her red pouch. Check out #libertysocietykanthastitchalong for more projects with gorgeous Liberty fabrics and hand quilting. Polina's teal pouch from Week 1 was outstanding as well!

Sue @suefromtexas

 retro mama | Notions Pouch SAL Winner Week 2 Sue @suefromtexas
This floral print is so lovely, and how perfect is the binding print on this pouch?! I love the three dimensional flower embellishment, too. Sue did a beautiful job stitching up her bag!

Congratulations to all of our winners so far! If you'd like to join us, you can find the pattern here. Follow this week's hosts, Mary @sunnydaysupply and Kim @robotmomsews and post your pouch photos with the hashtags #notionspouchSAL and #retromamapattern to enter. And remember, there is still another week left for your chance to win the Grand Prize!

Happy Stitching,

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