Happy Little Pouch Hop: My Two Pouches

I was so happy to be asked to participate in the Happy Little Pouch Hop! It kicked off this past Monday (November 26th), and there will be two weeks of pouch inspiration, pattern reviews and tutorials from some happy pouch bloggers! There is a Flickr group too so that you can join in the fun, and there will be prizes that will be awarded each weekend of the blog hop.

Here are our Happy Little Pouch Blog Hoppers!
Monday 11/26: Emily from Mommy’s Naptime and Elaine from Dashasel Sews
Tuesday, 11/27: Courtney from Mon Petit Lyons and Lucy from Charm About You
Wednesday, 11/28: Hollie from Undercover Crafter and Katie from Katie’s Korner
Thursday, 11/29: Lindsay from Lindsay Sews and Michelle from I Like Orange
Friday, 11/30: Sara from Sew Sweetness, Cindy from Adventures of the Singing Quilter, and Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts

Monday, 12/3: Holly from Bijou Lovely and Heidi from Fabric Mutt

Tuedsay, 12/4: Elizabeth from Don’t Call Me Bets and Emily from Mle BB
Wednesday, 12/5: Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road and Liz from Dandelion Daydreams
Thursday, 12/6: Beth from Plum and June and Kaelin from The Plaid Scottie
Friday, 12/7: Emily from Mommy’s Naptime and Elaine from Dashasel Sews
and of course, 
Please join us in the fun and share your pouchy makes in the Flickr group!

So, I decided to be super-motivated and make two different pouches for my blog post. The first one that I made was the Noodlehead Gathered Clutch. I have seen this pouch many, many times on the internet, so I was happy to finally have made it! I had a small scrap of Rashida Coleman-Hale‘s ‘Washi Tape’ that was just big enough to make a pouch, so I decided that this was the project. I also used Laurie Wisbrun ‘Modern Whimsy’ fabric for the band on the front.

Image from www.noodle-head.com
This pattern is really great, and it comes with tons of optional modifications to make it a stylish pouch, like inner dividers for your credit cards, a removable strap, and a different zipper method. Since I am using mine as a little make-up bag for inside of my purse, I opted to go without the extras.

The Gathered Clutch is beginner-friendly and a great pattern to make if you want to add a bit of zing to your zippered pouch. I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern as I constructed it. There are tons of photos to help you along, and even though all the pieces are rectangular cuts, there are conveniently pattern pieces located at the end in case you don’t feel like doing any measuring.

The second project that I made was the Henrietta Zip Pouch from Molly Blossom. This is a cute zippered pouch with a big bow detail on the front. I thought my daughter might like it, so I chose some fun Hello Kitty scraps that I had left over from another project.
Henrietta Zip Pouch Pattern (pdf)
Image from Molly Blossom on Etsy
Again, the instructions are very detailed and there are illustrations to accompany all of the major steps. I think that a confident beginner could tackle this one. This is a bit bigger than the Noodlehead Gathered Clutch, it’s more standard pencil-pouch sized, if that makes sense. The bow is a nice touch, and there are also zipper tabs at each end of the zipper, which gives it a nice professional finish. I did not make any modifications to this pattern either, and I think my daughter will really love the pouch…my kids are constantly writing and making little drawings, so it’s something personal that she can put her pens in.

Thanks for joining me on this stop of the Happy Little Pouch Hop, and I hope you will check out all the entries in the Flickr group!

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