elephant bookmark was reminding me that this Zakka Monday was dedicated to a 'delightful linen bag' designed by Mette Robl. The blog host, Sukie noted that the photo on page 83 of the Zakka Style book makes this little bag look bigger than it actually is. The finished size is 5½" x 7" which is quite dainty and very desirable. You may be thinking - 'do I really need another pouch - after all I've already made The House Pouch, the Patchwork Pencil Case, the Zip Organizer and the Orchard Path Pouch?" My answer would be a resounding 'yes' - this pouch is simplicity itself to make and will come in handy for many, many things. I am going to use it for my 'lunch-time refresher kit' for work (more on this at the end of this blog).
I am after all, called The Patchsmith so it seemed reasonable that I patch the fabric for the front of this pouch. Using the inch markings on a walking map (aren't I the resourceful one?) I constructed a pinwheel block from four 2½" moda squares. I trimmed the block to 4" square, as per the project directions and blanket stitched it onto the front of a linen strip of fabric. I added a little bit of ribbon and five buttons I had popped in my sewing travel kit (for possible elephant eyes). This was all I had to hand. But I am really pleased with the outcome. The bag is lined with the same fabric I used for my elephant's face and legs.
This project went together easily and I am really pleased with the results. I changed the pattern slightly by constructing my body front and back from one linen strip of fabric measuring 14" x 6". This I folded in half matching the 6" edges thus saving me from having to stitch a seam along the bottom. I just stitched up the side seams and voila (another of my talents - knowing the odd word in French, German - "Liebfraumilch", Italian - "perdiana", American - "pastrami-on-rye" and Australian - "strewth"). The book actually advises you stitch two rectangles together but I was stitching by hand and wanted to keep sewing to a minimum. I also constructed the lining the same way.
Oooh, I nearly forgot - I know the Russian word for squirrel - unfortunately I don't know how to spell it in Russian - I can only pronounce it - it sounds like 'cott' I think.