So I saw the tote bag on the cover of the new book Zakka Style, and was sorely tempted to buy the book. I remembered how much I loved I Love Patchwork, the other book by the author, and was sorely tempted to buy the book. Throw in a little sew-along, however, and it was a done deal -- I went to amazon and immediately snagged the book, sight unseen.
I love a good sew-along!
So -- here I am starting out at Week 2, the House Pouch.
I'd rather not focus on the many mistakes I made on this pouch, and instead highlight the things that went well :
First of all, it was really fun to break out of my zone and make a cute pouch. I loved picking out the fabrics, and was especially glad to have a use for my pink tree bark fabric (Joel Dewberry) that I've been hoarding for some time. I decided to give this to my daughter as a surprise, and though she doesn't love pink very much any more, I thought I could throw in enough green and blue to offset the pink door. I had so much fun picking through my collection of vintage buttons, as well. Instead of the lace between the roof and house, I simply used a decorative stitch to add a little interest. I think I prefer that.
On the back, I decided to use a rather odd but fun button : it's a fimo clay button that I made ages and ages ago for a sweater that I knit for my daughter. (If you go to the ravelry page, note that I added it to ravelry in 2011 ... I think it was more like circa 2004.) It's my last of these buttons and I'm so glad it found a happy home.
For the inside, I simply continued with the green roof fabric. It's nice to keep things simple sometimes!
Overall, I'd say it turned out to be a pretty cute house pouch. Can't wait to do another project from the book!