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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Mini Projects: Pouches & Organizers & So Much More!

Erin Erickson's Circle Zip Earbud Pouch crafted by eSheep Designs
Erin Erickson's Circle Zip Earbud Pouch (to match my tote, of course)...
I felt like a kid in a candy store during the months of October and November of 2012. Having discovered that all kinds of patterns and free sewing information existed on the internet, I was all over the place, looking for small things that I could make to sharpen my skills and confirm my growing belief that I could do something with this new hobby.

One of the first things that I made were these cute and entirely functional earphone pouches. The idea is from Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk. I had just enough left over Polar Party fabric to pull these off!

Erin Erickson inspired cellphone sleeve crafted by eSheep Designs
Smartphone Sleeve with pocket...
Another fun thing that I found on Erin's site was the Easy iPhone Sleeve. I don't have an iPhone myself, but I managed to make something to fit my little Samsung smartphone, and I added a slip pocket on top for a credit card or some money. (By the way, Erin has a great video showing you how to re-attach a zipper pull if you've ever run into that problem.)

And it's probably a rite of passage to make a wristlet; the one I tackled was the Patchwork Wristlet from Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod. I made two and gave them away as gifts last year. (Without taking a picture first... d'oh!)

Crossbody bag by eSheep Designs
My own crossbody multizip pouch thingie...
Having done the wristlet, I saw a need to make myself a crossbody multizip pouch thingie (not a great name, no) for when I go on walks or bike around the neighbourhood. It would have to hold my keys, my cell phone, ID, the usuals. I drew inspiration from Erin Erickson's Zip and Go bag and set out to make my own, as a "one off" project. I like it; it meets my needs. (Fabric is the same as for my blue Bella bag, a bedsheet contribution from my mother's linen closet. The two rings connecting the strap to the bag were rescued from a purse that I threw out.)

Debbie Rodrigues' Reversible Organizer crafted by eSheep Designs
This can also be used as a cosmetics organizer for travel...
During my search, I found another neat item that just spoke to my love of organization (in the sense of "everything in its place and a place for everything"): a purse organizer.

I actually found several of these all over the web (and some of them are quite clever), but the one that I was interested in enough to make is a reversible design courtesy of Debbie Rodrigues. I made it out of scraps from my second PT Project, but changed the size to a smaller version that fits into a crossbody purse that I have. And yes, by reversible, it means it can actually be turned inside out.

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