First off, if you want to reacquaint yourself with what I made, pre my obsessive project, then please go here where I got to talk about My Favourite Quilt at Sew Mama Sew.
I always find it funny how others see you. I think I just sew quilts. Jessica has described me as a 'color artist.'
Anyway, I wanted to talk bags or pouches or whatever they're called.
I'm kind of at the stage now where I think I know how to make a simple pouch without a pattern.
However, when the Sew Together Bag first starting appearing on the internet I thought it was the combination of such a clever and roomy bag coupled with the fact I wouldn't have had a clue how to construct one without buying the pattern that made me want to buy the pattern.
So I did.
Making the first one felt like a baptism of fire and as others have mentioned, the instructions are a little light on photos. As I'm a visual learning person this wasn't ideal.
However, Quilt Barn has an excellent step-by-step picture process of how to construct the bag and without it, I would have struggled.
Once I'd finished No. 1 I completely 'got' the bag construction and I just used the pdf pattern instructions to make my next one.
If you're thinking of making one it is extremely roomy.
Each to his own but as I made each bag I realised I still do love the seamless finish of hand binding so by the time I got to No. 4 that is what I did.
I've also made some of Lee's Dotty Pouches which is a free tutorial on her blog. When I first saw these I think it was a combination of being enamoured with the contrast piping and the lovely fabric that made me add it to my list of things to make.
I ordered my Mochi linen/cotton mix fabric that Lee used, from the Fabric Shack, purely because they are currently the 'cheapest' (unless anyone knows different?) US online fabric retailer when it comes to shipping to Europe - $18 for approx nine yards. They don't (imo) have the funkiest of fabric selections but there are some gems and they have a massive Kona solids section ($5.49 a yard) so you can always stock up on those.
They also stock a great selection of Modern Solids which have two different shades on the weft and the warp giving a slight 'glow' to each colour. I know that sounds like a sales pitch - it's not meant to be and I gain no benefit from mentioning Fabric Shack.
I personally think it is the Mochi fabric that really makes these pouches.
Really fabulous, bright colours and a 70/30% mix of cotton and linen which gives a nice handle.
Oh I do love a good bag/pouch.