July 2, 2012

Farewell, crap piles!

Restocking ye olde Etsy shop

My sewing room was starting to look like Yucca Flat after the blast, so I decided to do some intensive cleaning this weekend. After 2 hours of blood, sweat, and fabric, I noticed I had an abundance of what Ray likes to call "crap piles". Whenever a surface starts to get cluttered, rather than putting all the items away, I have a bad habit of sweeping it all into a giant pile and pushing it off to the side. Since I haven't cleaned my sewing room since Christmas, I had an abundance of "crap piles" around the room, consisting mostly of UFO's. I'm really bad about cutting fabric for a project, and then forgetting about it for weeks/months after a more pressing project pops up.

So in the name of reducing the number of Crap Piles and my "to do" list, I sewed up several of my UFO's and listed them in my Etsy shop. My favorites definitely have to be the two frame pouches. I was a little freaked because this was only my second attempt (the first one being a swap pouch for Kelly), but I was really happy with how they turned out!

Heirloom Frame Pouch

I made the Heirloom pouch first so I could get a little practice in before tackling the one using my precious Echino Bee fabric. I used 6" metal frames purchased at Joann's, and a fabulous tutorial by my good friend Kristie. I've been wanting to try her tutorial for a while, and it didn't disappoint. SUPER easy to follow and each pouch took only an hour to complete :)

Heirloom Frame Pouch

The only thing I did differently was add a layer of flannel in between the lining and exterior. I was worried the quilt batting might be a bit too thick and make it difficult to wrangle the seams into the frame. The flannel worked out nicely, giving the pouch a little more weight and body without a lot of bulk.

Echino Frame Pouch

*sigh* Isn't this Echino print to die for? It's hands down my favorite fabric in the whole wide world (followed closely by the dark purple version). I saw these prints for sale at Purl Soho back in 2007 when I first started sewing, and I debated for months about whether or not to buy them...I still kick myself daily for not getting yardage when I had the chance. What little I have has been obtained by swapping with very generous friends :)

Echino Frame Pouch

FYI, the other pouches pictured above were made using my box pouch tutorial (top left), and Keyka Lou's Pocket Clutch pattern (top right). All pouches are now for sale in my Etsy shop :)


Gorgeous makes. Yes the Bee fabric is to die for - it was long out of print when I discovered Echino. I'm a bit addicted to making framed pouches at the moment too. It was such a surprise to discover they were easier than they looked!

very cute!! i've only done these frames a few times as well...
i have lots of these little piles of UFO'S too :)

Love them! I want to try now! What kind of glue did you use?

You should see my sewing room! We could be crap pile sisters.Signs of a busy creative mind.

I have crap piles, too. But I worked hard this weekend, and they are definitely less visible. It's a process. Your resulting pouches are awesome. You know the bee one makes my heart go pitter-pat. xo

Cute! I have so many crap piles, sigh.

Yay for clearing the piles, AND finishing some UFOs!

I might be the queen of crap piles. I had to chuckle at the name. I'm glad you found a way to clear them up so that others may benefit too.

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