I so enjoy seeing what others are doing with their scraps and as part of my Oh Scrap! series of posts, I want to share with you some of the projects I find (and the talented bloggers behind them).
Today, we are meeting Cassandra who blogs at The (not so) Dramatic Life. I first "met" Casandra when she won one of my recent giveaways. It just so happened she had just started her blog and remembering those early days of blogging when you mostly feel like you are talking to yourself, I thought I would support her and follow her blog.
Boy am I happy I did! She continues to inspire me with each new post.
Cassandra is currently working on a mini quilt series that I am fascinated by. So many great ideas!
Just before the holidays, Cassandra shared a tutorial on making cute little zippered coin pouches that are perfect little scrap projects because they require such small pieces of fabric. And when I asked her if I could feature them on my blog, she gave me permission to post the whole tutorial. Thank you Cassandra!
So I am just going to share Cassandra's post. Thank her for sharing by checking out her blog at The (not so) Dramatic Life and go ahead and follow along for some great inspiration.
Cord/Coin Pouch (Originally published December 20, 2014)As my nieces and nephews have gotten older, cash or gift cards have become the favored gifts for the holidays because money always fits! I try to get a little creative in the presentation of this not-particularly-original gift, so this year I am making cord pouches that hook onto a keyring. These pouches finish at a little under 4″ from side to side, so they can easily hold a thumb drive, USB cord, some change, or even most phone chargers. Come to think of it, I may need to make a couple for myself!
I knew that I wanted to put a grommet in each pouch to attach a key ring. (If you don’t have grommets laying about, a ribbon loop inserted into a seam would also do the trick.) I thought that the grommet would look nice in a corner, so I experimented with a couple different shapes before settling on an octagon. This project will work with most shapes, but if you would like to play along using the octagon, I have included a pattern here. This Octagon Pattern is a PDF File you are welcome to download.
I made six pouches, choosing an outer fabric and a lining fabric for each. Orange tends to be pretty popular among my nephews, so I used a lot of it this year! I cut one octagon out of each fabric, but for the front side I cut rectangles to set the zipper into before cutting it into shape. I like to give myself some wiggle room when dealing with zippers, so I cut the rectangles to about 3″x5″. For each pouch you should have 2 outer fabric rectangles, 2 lining fabric rectangles, 1 outer fabric octagon, and 1 lining fabric octagon. You will also need a zipper and either a grommet or a small loop of ribbon.
For added stability, I like to topstitch the fabric about 1/16″ from the seams we just sewed. If you have an edge stitching foot, it will make this step easier, but it can also be done with a regular foot (and a little patience!)
Now that everything is sewn, it is time to add the grommet. A grommet has two pieces: a grommet, and a washer. You will also need a hammer, punch, and a setter to install a grommet. I used the 00 size for this project.
Once you have decided where to place the grommet, lay the pouch on a piece of scrap wood, position the punch, and give it a couple whacks with the hammer. You should now have a nice clean opening to insert the grommet.