Pin It Ahh, the holiday gift season is upon us! Even though we all know it's coming, I always end up behind the eight ball when it comes to making gifts for friends and family.
The hubs usually has a trip to Japan near the holidays (super convenient, eh?) and I wanted to make a cute little gift for my friend Mari. I've put her on a mission for some super cool Japanese quilting stuff and I wanted to send along a little token of my appreciation.
These little Pleated Pouches from Michelle Patterns are just perfect for dropping a little something into. I made the small and tall versions. For some reason, when I try to create my own, bags and pouches baffle me. But these pouches were simple and quick to put together with clear instructions. Perfect for someone like me who gets a little nervous at hearing the word "pleat" or "dart". (I'm a quilter! Dressmaking terms scare me!)
The pouches are small enough that I could use fabric from my scrap bins. In the smallest one, I put a few tea bags. I used some Little Apples (Aneela Hoey) for the outside and DS Picnics and Fairgrounds for the lining.
And in the tall size, I placed a little notebook and pen. Super cute right?
Love these fabrics. Shasta Daisy by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa, and Handwriting in Red for Lake House Dry Goods. (Available at Sew Me A Song.)
And lastly, I couldn't help but make one of these pouches for myself. The last one I made was the "Large" size.
I wanted to test out a little heavier fabric. I had this home dec weight fabric in my stash from Joann's clearance bin. I like the heavier weight for the bigger pouch. I lined it with some Daydream gingham from Riley Blake.
Overall, I'm really happy with these pouches! So much so, that I bought another pattern from Michelle Patterns. Eeek! I'm making some teacher gifts with the Keychain Clutch pattern. :) I'll share those with you next week...