Curvy Zipper Pouch Pattern Available

I’ve promised and promised the curvy zipper pouch pattern for months. And.. I’m happy to announce it is finally available…

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Thank you to everyone for the comments and requests for the pattern. It warms my heart that the pattern has been requested by so many of you!

I’ve changed it up a bit and am offering it as a free pattern for a limited amount of time – the pattern link will be available until October 28th. Please check out my original blog post for the full tutorial. Here is the link to the pattern – curvyzipperclutchpouch1234

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HaberdasheryFun Curvy Zip close up

I appoligze for taking so long to release the pattern to you. I had a baby boy last March.  As wonderful and exciting as a new baby can be, my life has been crazier than anticipated! I’m not sure how I thought I would have extra time on my hands once the baby came. Add a busy 4 year old plus going back to work, and let’s say I’ve been swamped.

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I love this pouch. I’ve made a bunch for my friends and family. It’s very handy! With a new baby in our house, I’m finding its’s the perfect size to use as a diaper clutch.  It holds a few diapers and assorted baby items.

Head over to my original blog post for the full tutorial. I love hearing from you, leave a comment and let me know how it goes. If you share your sewing on social media, please share the love and use the following hashtags – #haberdasheryfunpatterns, #curvyzipperpouch, #haberdasheryfun

Awesome fabric right? It’s called “Koi”. it is designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale and is produced by Cloud Nine Fabrics.

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Happy sewing! Thanks for stopping by.

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Make Fun Canvas Pencil Cases

Send your kids off to school in style.. Make them pencil cases showcasing their favorite words.



September means school supplies. I always loved this time of year, especially buying new school supplies.  I would line all my goodies up in anticipation for the big day. I loved the newness of it all.  I even loved going back to school. I’m not kidding..

So, why not make your kids super special pencil cases this year..?  Have them select a word or phrase and then create the project together. The Silhouette Design Store has tons of fun designs to pick from. What a unique way to start the school season AND a great way to keep the little ones inspired throughout the year! I promise it’s super easy.

Stay tuned.. There’s a giveaway!


I asked a bunch of my Mom friends for words and they came up with a great list – laughter, dream, adventure, love, blessed, amazing, hello, happy.. My friend Trish came up with a more unique list, in the spirit of her 3 boys – yuck, crash, boom, pow, fart. Even f**k… Lol.


Materials needed:

  1. Cotton canvas for the outside
  2. Cotton fabric for the lining
  3. Colorful zipper
  4. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  5. Sewing supplies and sewing machine
  6. Olfa rotary cutter, quilting ruler and mat
  7. Silhouette machine
  8. Iron and ironing board



Here is the quick and easy on how to make your “word” pencil pouch..

  1. Cut your cotton canvas and cotton fabric – cut 2 pieces of each 10-1/2″ x 6″.
  2. Use a rotary cutter to cut the rectangles, it makes such precise cuts and sewing the pencil cases will be a breeze.
  3. Create your designs in Silhouette Studio – I made each word 7″ long and then set them all up on 1 page.
  4. Do a test cut and mirror the words.
  5. Send to cut. Weed the designs. Press each word onto the fabric rectangle. Don’t wiggle the iron around.
  6. Sew into a pouch. Need help with sewing the pouch? I have a thing for sewing pouches and have a bunch of tutorials to get you started. Try this tutorial, this one. I love this one for half moon zipper pouches.
  7. Create a production line if you plan on sewing a bunch of pouches. I also decided to not use zipper tabs for these pouches, which saved a bunch of time.
  8. Press along the way. Pressing your seams always adds quality and workmanship to your sewing projects.




Now on to the fun part.. Want to check out more Silhouette Projects? My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

DIY Grateful Shirt Perfect For Thanksgiving DIY Back to School Sign & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Stenciled Fall Leaf Throw Pillow "Happy Fall Y'all" Watercolor Art: Cameo 3 Tutorial Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch Onesies Conquering my Fears How to Build and Paint a Wood Sign Reversible Fall Block {tutorial} + Fall Blog Hop & Giveaway Spooktacular Monogram Onesie for Baby's First Halloween + GIVEAWAY! Double Sided Fall and Christmas Pillow Tutorial Pumpkin Pillow Covers Make Fun Canvas Pencil Cases Silhouette Fall Challenge: Fall Planter Box w/ Vinyl Pumpkins "Happy Fall Y'all" Cotton Wreath

1. Small Stuff Counts // 2. My Favorite Finds // 3. Two Purple Couches // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Practically Functional // 6. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. Ginger Snap Crafts // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. Sisters, What! // 11. Create & Babble // 12. HaberdasheryFun // 13. Curly Crafty Mom // 14. unOriginal Mom

And because we not only want to inspire you creatively, but help provide you with the tools to make that happen, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are hosting a giveaway for a $140 Amazon gift card for one lucky winner.  You can put that prize toward a Silhouette machine, supplies, or whatever your crafting heart desires.

The best part?  This giveaway is open to international readers, as well.  Whoo hoo!

To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link.  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 17 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter!

This giveaway runs from today through Monday, September 19th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.  International entrants welcome.  You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the widget below.

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DIY Heart Shaped Burp Cloths

Hello Baby! I finally have a pint sized model to showcase my heart appliqué baby burp cloths..

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I made a bunch of these heart shaped burp cloths almost 2 years ago. At the time my son was no longer in the bib and burp cloth phase. So with the arrival of baby #2, I get to put these lovelies to good use.

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There is something very gratifying about sewing for little ones.. I love sewing baby products. How about you?


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I started my blog in 2012, around the same time that we had our first son. At that time, I was a sewing mad-woman and created tons of baby tutorials. Are you interested in sewing for your kids, grandkids, someone’s wee-one? Try one of my tutorials here..

I also have Free PDF patterns for babies:

With the addition of baby Arlo this spring, I get to sew baby stuff all over again.  I’m limited on time, but plan to share the tutorials. My heart shaped burp cloths were simple to make.  Head over to Hello, Wonderful for the full tutorial.

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Main V4 heart applique burp cloths

Photos taken at Redondo Beach by my friend Karly Spalding Photography.. If you are in the LA area and looking for newborn, family, and/or personal photos, check her out. She’s awesome!

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Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge

Hello shimmery goodness! Today I’m sharing a beach tote as part of the Robert Kaufman and Sew Mama Sew Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge. The challenge features the new fabric line from Robert Kaufman called… Manchester Metallics.

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The manchester metallics fabric is gorgeous and has just the right amount of shimmer. I love how the fabric changes in the sunlight! It adds extra dimension and interest to this simple tote – the bag shimmers from one angle and reads subtle and tonal from another angle.

Manchester Metallics Main Side View

I love sewing with bold colors.  However, for this tote I went in a different direction with material blocking instead of my usual color blocking approach. I love the end result. The combination between the metallic cotton and yarn dyed linen gives the tote such a sophisticated feel.

For this bag I used 3 Robert Kaufman fabrics –  Manchester Metallics in color Silver, an Essex Yarn Dyed Cotton/Linen blend in color Steel for the side pieces and lined the tote in Essex Linen in color Indigo.

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I love sewing this tote pattern. It’s roomy and large enough to hold all your beach essentials, my friend and husband both think it would make a great baby bag. The pattern is my own and I often change the size and shape depending on the end use. This time around, I added white piping to make the outside fabrics pop.

Manchester Metallics materials up

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I’m considering making this into a PDF  and paper pattern. Right now I am working on a few tweaks to the pattern. Let me know if you would be interested and I can put you on my email list for when the pattern is ready.

There are a few of us on the the Manchester Metallics Summer Bag Challenge. Click on the links below to see what the rest of the group is up to:

Sandy Whitelaw of UpStairs Hobby Room
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic
Kathy Green of Designs by KTGreen
Carrie Federer of carrie bee
Anne Zeitler of AnneZPlace
Sanchia Gair of Red Brolly
Natalie Strand of Vegetablog
Devida Bushrod of The Driftwood Thimble
Sara Johansen of The Sara Project
Sarah Sharp of No Hats in the House
Michelle Webster of michellepatterns
Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun [ That’s me!]
Jenny of My Handmade Home

Mancherster Metallics side close up

Santa Monica Beach Trees

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Santa Monica Beach 2

Images taken in Santa Monica, California.

Disclaimer: I received the Robert Kaufman Fabrics free in conjunction with Sew Mama Sew’s Summer Bag Challenge.. As usual with my blog and sewing projects, all opinions are my own.

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Happy Birthday Farm Girl Vintage!

Happy Birthday! I’m tagging along on Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage Anniversary Block blog tour today..

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I love everything and anything that Lori comes up with. I’ve been lucky to tag along on a few of her blog hops this past year and always learn something new.

Anniversary Block Materials

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Isn’t this cake block adorable? The cake block was made to celebrate the one year anniversary of her Farm Girl Vintage quilt and QAL. In celebration of the one year anniversary, Lori is providing the cake block as a free pattern download! Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog post for the PDF and further details. Lori’s blog, Bee In My Bonnet also has the tutorial.


New to sewing or quilting? Check out her Farm Girl Vintage book and try out a few of her blocks, I promise you will learn a bunch. Lori is very creative – it’s fun to to sew her blocks and watch the design unfold. Plus, her directions are super easy and you will be amazed at how much you will learn along the way.

Tomorrow is my birthday, so this adorable block is the perfect way to kick off the festivities! Now to decide what to make this block into…

Anniversary Block close up

Fabrics used: Moda Fabrics – Basic Mixologie by Studio M and Simply Orange Colorful by V & Co.

Check out all the amazing bloggers on the tour..

Kerry from Very Kerry Berry

Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Katie from ChooChoo Skadoo

Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane

Erin from Why Not Sew?

Kelly from Kelly B Sews

Pam from Pam Kitty Morning

Debbie from Happy Little Cottage

Greg from Grey Dogwood Studios

Renee from Sewn with Grade

Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion

Lisa from In the Boondocks

Connie from Free Motion by the River

Dana from Old Red Barn Co.

Barb from Me & My Sister Designs

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Sharla from Thistle Thicket Studios

Kim from Persimmon Dreams

Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting

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Make A Half Moon Printed Pouch

Accessorize your summer with.. popsicles!

Popsicle print half moon pouch

Red half Moon Pouch Pain

I have an addiction to sewing pouches and thought a “half moon” shape was perfect for a summer-time pouch.  I also love to print my own fabric and decided that a bright popsicle theme was in order.

Main image popsicle scraps

Isn’t the popsicle the cutest design?  I bought the popsicle design in the Silhouette Design Store and then created a repeat pattern in Silhouette Studio. After finalizing my design, I sent the image to be cut and was well on my way. Interested in printing your own fabric or making cool stuff, but don’t have a Silhouette machine? Great news – My Silhouette Challenge Facebook group is giving away a Silhouette Portrait to one lucky winner. See below for further details.

Want to make something similar.. Here’s what you need:

  1. Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  2. Stencil vinyl
  3. Fabric ink
  4. Silhouette mat and tools
  5. Cotton fabric in 2 colors
  6. Interfacing – optional
  7. 9″ Zipper
  8. Sewing machine and supplies
  9. Iron and ironing board


Let’s get started..

Step 1 – Print your fabric. Not sure what to do? I’ve got a ton of tutorials on printing your town fabric. Check here and here to get started.

Step 1 print fabric

Step 2 – Set your fabric aside to dry. Once the fabric is dry, iron the fabric to get the wrinkles out. If you use a lightweight fabric, the fabric may become slightly distorted from pulling the stencil off.  Give the fabric a gentle tug in the opposite direction and then set back in place with an iron.

Step 2 iron fabric

Step 3 – Cut 2 half moon pieces out of the printed fabric. Cut another 2 half moon pieces out of the lining fabric. I made the pattern and hope to share it soon. Note – if you want the pouch to be a little sturdier, iron fusible interfacing on the backside of the exterior fabric.

Step 3 Cut Fabric

Step 4 – Cut the zipper to fit the pouch [ I like to measure inwards 5/8″ from each top side seam and mark a line with a disappearing fabric pen]. Cut the zipper to fit this measurement. From scrap fabric, cut a rectangle measuring 3″ x 2″ and make a zipper tab. Fold the rectangle in half and then fold each side inwards again to meet in the middle. Place the cut zipper end into the tab. With your sewing machine, topstitch on either side of the tab. Need more information on sewing a zipper? Try my tutorial here..

Step 4 Zipper Tabs

Step 5 – Place the zipper face down between the 5/8″ lines.  Turn and tuck the non-zipper tab end into the seam allowance at one of the 5/8″ lines. Pin. Change to your zipper foot and sew the zipper in place. Place the lining on top, sandwiching the zipper and stitch the lining in place. Repeat for the other side.

Step 5 Sew zipper

Step 5B Sew zipper

Step 6 – You are on the home stretch! Place the outside pieces right sides facing and place the lining pieces right sides facing. Pin in place. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. To make a really nice SMOOTH curve, use a disappearing fabric ink pen and mark a 1/2″ seam allowance around the half moon curve. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together following the dashed line. Remember to leave a small 2″ opening in the lining. Press with an iron.

Sewing Alert – Notice how the outside seam is uneven on my red popsicle pouch? I rushed sewing the 1/2″ seam and wasn’t paying attention. I think it looks terrible and is such poor workmanship. Use the method above and you will be sure to sew an nice even curve.

Wonky Red Pouch

Step 7 – Notch the curves. Cut small notches into the seam allowance about 1/2″ apart. This helps to create the smooth shape. Pull the pouch through the small opening in the lining. Press again. Pin the lining opening closed and stitch closed.

That’s it!! Fun right? So what summer shape inspired you? Sunglasses?? The beach? fruit?

Need inspiration and want to see more Silhouette Projects? I’ve got two great Silhouette treats for you today. First off, my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Sunshine. Sea Salt. And Ice Cream Shirt Personalized Lawn Chair DIY Summer Strawberry Tote DIY - With the Silhouette Mint! How to Use Multiple Colors of Silhouette Sketch Pens Patriotic Hand-Scripted USA Shirt Herb Garden with Personalized Tin Outdoor Pillow for Summer How to Make Huge Paper Flowers Make A Half Moon Printed Pouch DIY Nautical Pallet Sign Vertical Herb Garden Ladder Kyltit yrttipenkkiin / Labels for herbs Pineapple Cup Decal DIY Flamingo Nail Art Sunshine Straw Toppers Summer Planner Stickers

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Make Kids Stamps With Your Silhouette Mint

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I posted here on my blog.. I had a baby 6 weeks ago, so let’s just say that I’ve been in newborn land. It’s been wonderful, but the late nights are making sewing and crafting a little more difficult than anticipated.

Did I tell you that I was selected for the 2016 / 2017 Silhouette American Design Team? It’s a dream to be on this team and I use my Silhouette Cameo every chance I get. I have my first tutorial up on their blog. Except, this one is using their custom stamp making tool – The Mint. I love print design and stamp making, so when they launched this machine I was intrigued and overjoyed!

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Head over to to find my Mint tutorial on the “3 stamps that your kids need“. With newborn brain, I was concerned the machine would be hard to set up and use, but it was easier than expected. I was stamping away in no time. I especially love the “Artwork by Tanner” stamp. It adds such a fun and unique touch to his artwork.

Mint Kids Stamp Artwork

The “date” and “This book belongs to” stamps are prefect for anyone who loves to be organized!

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Stay tuned.. I promise more sewing projects to come. Plus, I have the curvy zip clutch pattern ready and will be sharing it soon.

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Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch

I’m back sharing a sewing project and a giveaway today!

A few years ago I made “Hello Cali” swag bags for a girls trip to Santa Barbara, California. I bought plain cotton shopping totes and used my Silhouette Cameo to create a fun design for the front.

Hello Cali Tote SB

Last June we moved across the country from Tampa to Los Angeles and I left a few moving boxes in the garage. While I was rummaging through the boxes last week, I found one of my “Hello Cali”  totes shoved inside. I thought it would be fun to repurpose the bag into something else..

My friend Trish loves receiving my samples. She recently visited for a few days and I promised her some goodies.. Re-working the tote into a zipper pouch was perfect and and right up her alley.

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  1. Reusable cotton shopping tote
  2. Cotton fabric – lining
  3. Interfacing – optional
  4. Metal zipper
  5. Silhouette machine
  6. Silhouette materials – stencil vinyl, fabric ink and sponges
  7. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  8. Iron and ironing board

Hello Cali Pouch Materials

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Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Use your Silhouette machine, stencil vinyl and fabric ink and create a design on a cotton tote. Not sure where to start? Try one of my tutorials here and here. Skip this step if you already have a cotton tote ready to go.

Step 2 – Determine the size of the pouch. The measurements for this pouch ended up being 13-1/2″L x  8-1/2″. I first cut off the straps, then cut the bag open – cut along the sides and bottom. Use a rotary cutter to make 2 even rectangles, cut another 2 rectangles for the lining. Remember to give enough room around the ” logo/saying/words” and also add a 1/2″ seam allowance. Note: The cotton shopping totes can be a bit thin, so if you want a sturdier pouch, use interacting on the back of both outside pieces.

Hello Cali Step2

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Step 3 – Cut your zipper down to size. Use one of the straps as zipper tabs. Need some help with zipper tabs? I have a few tutorials you can try. Check out this one that I wrote for Momtastic and another one here.

Hello Cali Step3

Step 4 – Sew the zipper to the outside and lining rectangles. Not sure how to do this? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” has a great step by step tutorial.

Hello Cali Step4

Step 5 – Use all the tote pieces! Make the other shoulder strap into a handy wrist strap. Cut the strap down to the size you like, remember to leave 1/2″ seam allowance at each end. Once you have the zipper sewn into place, measure down from the top left edge about 1 – 2″ and pin the strap in place. Make sure that raw edges meet raw edges. Pin so that the strap faces inwards.

Hello Cali Step5

Step 6 – Finish sewing the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. Fold the pouch along the zipper, place the outside right sides together and then the cotton lining right sides together. Match at all seams, be especially careful to match at the top sides. Pin along the outside edge. Stitch together with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 3″ – 4 ” opening along the bottom seam of the lining. Press the seams. Trim each corner. Pull the pouch through the opening and wiggle corners into place. Press again. Pin the lining opening closed and sew together. That was a lot of info – need step by step images with the written instructions? My tutorial called “Sew a Colorful Printed Pouch” is very similar.

Hello Cali Pouch Markers

And now on to the giveaway..  My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of inspiration! Please note that this group is not affiliated with the Silhouette America 2016-2017 Design Team.

Art Party Smocks Custom Daredevil Shirt ~ Silhouette Blog Hop DIY Lightning Bug Wall Art with Lights DIY Chevron Mickey Mouse Shirt with Glitter HTV DIY Nautical Pillow Cover + A GIVEAWAY! Recycling Tee Shirts - St. Patty's Day Style! Appliqued Initial Heart Pillow Wrap-Around Shark Shirt Sew A Shopping Tote Into A Zipper Pouch 3 Creative Onesies for Baby Girl & Free Cut Files Pom Pom Tail Bunny Onesie Freezer Paper Stenciled Cushion with a Giveaway! Rawr! Dinosaur Birthday Shirt customize your Picnic Blanket It is Well With My Soul T-Shirt Design Monogrammed Envelope Pillows + Giveaway {The Silhouette Challenge} Toddler Trouble Shirt with free cut file DIY Ombré Tote Upcycled t-shirt cat... Meow! Little Helper Stenciled Kids Apron DIY Easter Egg Shirt - Silhouette Heat Transfer & Rhinestones DIY: Crazy Cat Lady Shirt + Free Cut File

1. Cutesy Crafts // 2. Mama Sonshine // 3. Morena’s Corner // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Coral + Mint Design Co. // 6. A Time For Seasons // 7. Architecture of a Mom // 8. Where The Smiles Have Been // 9. Haberdashery Fun – Me! // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. The Crafting Nook // 12. Get Silvered // 13. Tori Grant Designs // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Create & Babble // 16. Curly Crafty Mom // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. The Small Stuff Counts // 19. The Experimental Home // 20. Creative Ramblings // 21. Adventures in All Things Food // 22. Minted Strawberry

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Sew A Colorful Printed Zipper Pouch

I’m a bit of a sewing and crafting hoarder. I save all the leftover pieces from my projects – scrap fabric, string and ribbon, tiny pieces of Velcro.. The list goes on.  An item I have an especially hard time discarding is the left over freezer paper bits from when I print on fabric.

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I love using my Silhouette machine to cut unique freezer paper designs, and to my husband’s dismay I always save the little pieces for a rainy day.

While I was using my Silhouette Cameo a few weeks ago my 4 year old wanted to ‘help”.  He loves to feed the cutting mat into the machine and then push all the buttons! I had saved a bunch of arrow and house freezer paper pieces from previous projects and thought it would be an easy activity to do together.. I let him choose the fabric paint colors, create the layout and then he painted the canvas fabric. Ok, I helped a bit. But the perfectionist in me had to sit back as he painted and just let him go at it. The end result was beautiful!

Painted fabric

HaberdasheryFun Arrows Pouch Side ways

After we painted the fabric, I promised him I would sew the canvas fabric into a little pouch. While I’m not sure he will use the pouch.. I will probably  “borrow” it from him because it turned out so cute.

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Want to make a printed pouch? Materials needed:

  • Canvas fabric – outside
  • Cotton fabric – lining
  • Silhouette machine
  • Freezer paper and/or left over cut designs from a Silhouette project
  • Fabric paint, sponge and craft paper – The Tulip brand or Martha Stewart work great.
  • Zipper
  • Disappearing fabric pen
  • Sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing board

Sew A Colorful Printed Pouch HaberdasheryFun

Let’s get started:

Step 1 – Print the fabric. The arrows in this project are Karla Dudley’s  “filled arrows” design. Lay the left over pieces in a random fashion on scrap fabric. Iron in place. Squirt fabric paint onto a plate, dip the sponge into the paint and dab gently away at the fabric. While the paint is still wet remove the freezer paper bits. Set aside to dry.



Step 2 – Cut the fabric. Cut the outside and lining fabric into rectangles. In this case, I cut the 2 printed outside pieces into rectangles measuring 12-1/2″ x 7″. I also cut 2 rectangles in the lining fabric the same size. For the zipper tabs, I cut 2 canvas rectangles measuring 3″ x 2″.


Step 3 – Cut the zipper down to fit the pouch. For this pouch size, the zipper was cut to 11″ long. Place a zipper tab at each end and topstitch on either side of the tab. Need help sewing the tabs? Check my tutorial here.. From each side seam, measure inwards at the top edge 5/8″” and mark with the disappearing fabric pen.


Step 3 – Place the zipper face down along the top edge. Each zipper tab should hit the 5/8″ mark. Pin. Change to zipper foot, place into your sewing machine and stitch down.


Step 4 – Lay the lining fabric on top of the outside fabric. The zipper should be sandwiched between the canvas/outside fabric and the cotton/lining fabric. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch down. For best results, turn over and follow the first stitch line. Press in place. Open the canvas and lining and press again.


Step 5 – Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side. Press again. Topstitch along each side of the zipper.


Step 6 – Now it’s time to sew the pouch together. Open the zipper halfway. This is an important step for later, so please remember to open your zipper. Fold the zipper and the tabs in half. Lay the canvas pieces on top of each other, right sides facing and the lining pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Match at all sides and pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. When sewing the lining together, leave a 2″ – 3″ opening along the bottom seam. Press. Trim the corners.


Step 7 – Pull right side out through the opening in the lining [this is where opening the zipper comes into play]. Wiggle corners into place. Press all seams.


Step 8 – Pin the opening in the lining closed and stitch closed.


That’s it.. Cute, right? Plan on saving your freezer paper bits? if so, what would you make?

Arrows pouch Tools Main

Arrow pouch Solo

HaberdasheryFun Arrows Pouch close up

Want to see the project where the arrows came from, click here. How about the little houses, click here. I have another project where I saved my little freezer bits.. Click here for the cutest little hello gift bag around!

Happy Sewing!

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Sew An Emergency Travel Pouch

Like most of my projects, I’ve been planning on making this little pouch for years.

Emergency Travel Pouch

My son was hospitalized with RSV when he was 9 months old.  After that he got sick at the drop of a hat.. We were a very busy family, so I made sure to always bring our emergency items everywhere we went. I often thought about making a little pouch to hold everything, but as a busy Mom, I just never got around to it.

With a busy 4 year old and a baby on the way, I thought I should get my butt in gear and make a pouch to hold the good stuff – thermometer, bandaids,  sanitizing wipes, neosporin, etc.

Emergency Travel Pouch With Penny

I’ve made this pouch before and the tutorial today will be about adding the heat transfer vinyl/ symbol to the front. However, give the tutorial a try…

Emergency Travel pouch open

This is a great pouch.. It’s been a popular tutorial of mine and you’ll be happy with the outcome. I love how this pouch has separate sides with clear vinyl on the inside. While the contents are kept separate with easy access, the velcro strips hold everything neatly in place. Click here for the tutorial.

Emergency Travel pouch HaberdasheryFun

Materials Needed:

  1. Silhouette machine
  2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
  3. Silhouette design
  4. Clear vinyl “fabric” – 8 gauge
  5. Canvas fabric – outside
  6. Cotton Fabric – lining
  7. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  8. 3/4″ Velcro Sew on strips
  9. Double fold bias tape
  10. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  11. Paper scissors, pen and ruler
  12. Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth

Before you get started, cut the following pieces:

  1. Canvas fabric: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 11″ and 2 strips measuring 9″ x 2″
  2. Lining: 1 rectangle each measuring 9″ x 11″
  3. Clear vinyl: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 10″
  4. Velcro strips:  Cut 2 strips measuring 9″ in length, Cut 2 pieces 1 ” in length

I thought it would be fun to use an emergency symbol and bought the “first aid label” from Lizzie Mayne in the Silhouette Design Store.

First Aid Symbol

Let’s get started:

Step1 – Open the design in Silhouette Design studio. If the design comes in a group, ungroup and delete the parts that are not needed. In this case, I took out the works ” Emergency Kit” and just left the cross symbol. Resize the design to fit the pouch. I decided on the size 4.2″L x 3.2″W.



Step 2 – Insert the HTV into your Silhouette machine with the plastic side facing down. I like using the HTV along with my mat, however using your mat is optional.  Send the file to be cut. Note – If you keep the “Emergency Kit” words within the design -remember to FLIP the design. This is a very crucial step in the whole process! Gently weed the design and pull the negative space away from the mat.


Step 3 – Fold the Canvas fabric rectangle in half. Measure about  1-1/2″ down from the top edge because there will also be a double row of stitching [ when sewing the velcro down] about 1″ apart at the top of the pouch. Also, consider the seam allowances at the sides when figuring out the design placement.  so consider these seams when placing the HTV down. Note – when placing the HTV down, the design/cut side should be facing the canvas and only the clear plastic should be on the top.



Step 4 – When you like the design placement, cover the image with a pressing cloth. Set in place with an iron. Press firmly and hold the iron in place for about 1 minute. Gently pull the plastic away. if you pull the plastic away and some of the HTV comes off the fabric, place everything back down and press with he iron again.



Step 5 – You’re on the home stretch. Sew the double sided pouch as per my instructions here.. New to sewing with vinyl? Check out my other vinyl tutorials here – clear vinyl wallets, ribbon and vinyl pouches and vinyl and fabric cosmetic pouch.

That’s it. Fun right.. My son and his stuffed animals helped me take the photos. He LOVES the emergency symbol and a few times asked if the pouch was for him.. He wanted it for riding his bike with his cousin and and helping all the “hurt” guys in our backyard. Guess it’s time to get working on another project!


Emergency Vinyl Pouch Little Hands

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