Ok, so not a million, but when you’re making fifteen of these bad boys, it sure feels like it! I wanted the kids in my youth group class to have something to put their memory verses in throughout the year and decided to make these for them instead of buying plastic note card holders. They were very excited when I showed them the fabric, so I think I made the right choice.
I adapted the pattern from a free crafsty class: Bag-making Basics by Kristin Link. I used her pattern for a clutch of my own a couple years ago and think it’s adorable. The original pattern is about 9 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches. I made these to be 7″ by 3 3/4″ to fit the note cards better.
Once I refreshed myself on the process by making one start to finish (including Kristin’s ingenious method of using a glue stick instead of pins to attach the zipper), it was easy to do these assembly-line style. The problem with that for me, however, is that I can become inattentive and make mistakes. (If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll notice the top right pouch is missing the little tab handle.)
My favorite thing about these pouches is the pop of contrasting color in the lining. It’s like a fashionable little surprise waiting for you each time you unzip it!
I did have a pretty tough time trying to find fabric that would work for boys. Granted, I only shopped at Wal-Mart and only in the bargain section. They have 97 cent fat quarters that I just can’t resist! They’re mostly very girly, though, and since I only have daughters I’ve never had to shop for boy fabric before. This venture made me realize how hard it must be for all quilters sewing for sons and grandsons…on a shoestring budget, at least.
Alright, ready to laugh? When I first decided to make these, I just used fabric from my stash and the only thing I had for boys was this pirate print. I didn’t give it a moment’s hesitation at the time, but now that they’re finished, I realize the irony of giving children pouches with skulls on them to hold their Bible verses in. : ) But hey, everybody loves pirates, right?
The Moral of this Story: Don’t let your mind wander off when making duplicates of an item, and we all love
Jonny Depp, uh, pirates.