Today I FINALLY get to share with you the gifts I made and received for the Sew Delicious Sweet Pouch Swap I participated in last month.
I’m so glad I saw the call out for this one early as it filled up in a flash! My swap partner was Liz from Fern’s Frocks who lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. We’ve had a great time emailing back and forth and getting to know one another – I feel like I’m 10 again, with a new pen pal!! Haha.
It took me a while to decide what I was going to make and was getting slightly overwhelmed by all the awesomeness on the Sweet Pouch Inspiration Pinterest page.
I finally decided on this curved pouch which Liz had pinned on one of her Pinterest boards. Not being much of a bag/purse maker myself, I forgot to top stitch before sewing it all together and ended up being really unhappy with the stitching around the zip. Also, because I had used a home décor weight fabric for the outside, it was really difficult to unzip/zip up with all the bulk of the pleat in the middle. My husband told me I was being far too picky but I know I would feel so embarrassed when receiving a beautifully made pouch from Liz and knowing I’d sent one that was less than ok.
So back to the sewing machine and for my next attempt I made a cute little pouch, the pattern of which I picked up in a bundle of discontinued patterns ages ago. I was soooo much happier second time around and while the fabric I used wasn’t my first choice I think it still turned out nicely.
I managed to include some of Liz’s requests for the “sweet” component – Tim Tams, red licorice and caramel. She also mentioned she loves animals so I slipped in an aussie animals fat quarter for fun too.
And then this week I received my parcel of goodness from Liz!! I absolutely LOVE the pouch she made me and she included a bunch of delicious local treats as well as some gorgeous soy candles.
I just love the little leaf zipper tab!! I’ll have to have a go and making one of these myself.
What fun! I had such a great time participating in this series. I can’t wait to do similar ones in the future!