Sewing the personal touch: zippered pouches

Last week was a bit of a self-realisation for me…that yes (insert cringe) I’m one of *those* mums.  I always thought I’d be fine…be able to hold it all together…but no.  Picking up my Big Boy from his last day of daycare and all the girls needed to say when I arrived to pick him up was “Oh noooooo, not yet….” and I caved into a blubbering mess.  Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration but there were an excessive number of tears and most of them were mine.

The girls there have been absolutely incredible and have shown my precious little guy nothing but genuine care and love over the past 2 years.  My charasmatic, funny little guy truly did steal the hearts of a couple of special teachers so last week I decided I wanted to give them something to remember him by.

teacher pouches front 2

After spotting this post from zippered pouch queen, Ros of Sew Delicious the other week, I thought a similar pouch would be a great project to incorporate the personal touch.

I picked up a small piece of plain canvas from the fabric store and with a bit of help the Big Boy wrote the names of the girls on one piece, and his name on the other, so I could sew them onto the pouches.  I think they turned out really well, don’t you?

teacher pouches 1


teacher pouches 2

I really like the style of having the zipper open right out over the end (from this tutorial), it makes it so much easier to see what’s inside.

teacher pouches inside 2


teacher pouches 3

I really would have loved to have made one for everyone but the truth is I busted my guts to get even just these two finished last week!

You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet this past month but as you may know from previous posts, this year is a big one for me personally.  Study and work commitments have increased massively as well as starting renovation plans, setting up a new website (for some local sewing nights and workshops) and all the usual “life” stuff.  I know I’m not the only one trying to juggle too much – if you have a magic formula PLEASE let me know!!

For the time being I’ll still be here, sewing as much as I can and blogging when time allows.

I think my motto for 2015 will be “Stay organised and remember to BREATHE!!”

Nat x

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