Purse Palooza – Pattern Review – Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch

Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch

This post is part of Purse Palooza 2015. For schedule and contest details, check here.
Today’s post is by Heidi of Fabric Mutt.

Purse Palooza 2015 at Sew Sweetness

I’m the sort of person who likes to make a pattern once and then move on to the next project. I don’t know if it’s a short attention span or just a love for trying new things, but it’s rare that I’ll make the same thing twice.

The Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch from Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi is a beautiful exception to that rule.

I love this pattern. I love that it calls for tiny scraps of my favorite fabrics, that it’s a project I can finish in a day or two, and that it gives me an adorable but completely useful little pouch when I’m done. I’ve made three of these cases — unheard of, let me tell you! — and I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if there are more in my future.

However, since I do like variety, I decided to try making the bag using a different method of construction this time. The original pattern has you make the exterior and lining separately, placing the inside-out exterior inside the lining, and finishing the piece by hand sewing the lining in place around the zipper. I thought it would be fun to try making this piece a little differently and eliminate the hand sewing by using the same construction methods I used in my Mosaic Bag Tutorial.

By quilting the main paper-pieced panels directly onto the main lining panels and creating a circular gusset using the top zipper panel and a long side/bottom panel, I was able to make this bag entirely by machine as well as strengthen it by quilting every single piece. I trimmed my top panel to 3 1/2 x 12 1/2″ and combined the side and bottom panels into one 3 1/2 x 13 1/4″ rectangle.

Although it would be simple to bind the interior seams, I chose to finish them with a zig-zag stitch. It gives the bag plenty of stability and is a much quicker process than binding. I also used a 1/4″ seam instead of 1/2″, giving me a slightly larger case at 5 ” high, 8″ wide, and 3″ deep. Lately I’ve been adding a little strip of leather as a zipper pull to all of my pouches. It’s a nice touch, and it really does make it easier to open and close the bag.

One of the best tips I learned back when I made this pouch the first time is how useful adhesive basting spray can be. Ayumi uses this product in the making of many of her projects, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it before reading this book. Though I still use fusible interfacing and batting occasionally, I almost always turn to adhesive basting spray and batting or muslin to interface my small projects. It’s quick, simple, and easy to undo if I make a mistake. The price may seem a little steep, but I’ve found that it’s worth every penny.

Incidentally, Ayumi’s book is chock full of adorable projects like this one. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy. It’s definitely on my top ten list of sewing books.

Ayumi herself labels this pouch with a high level of difficulty in her book, and I agree with her call. This project includes paper piecing, putting in a zipper, hand sewing, and basic bag construction skills. But if you work through it carefully one step at a time, you’ll end up with a darling little pouch that will make you smile every time you look at it.

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