Project Bag Swap

We were thinking it’s about time for our next guild swap and we hope you’ll join us! If you’re anything like me, you have at least 42 projects going at any time. I’ve heard a rumor that it’s helpful to keep everything for that project corralled together so what better for this next swap than a project pouch?

Jonna and I reviewed several options to find the best one for our guild – there are literally thousands of patterns and tutorials out there. We decided to use Lee Monroe’s Lucky Project Bag tutorial because of it’s great size, fun look, and adaptability. Oh, and that tag on the side is genius! Use a frixion pen and then you can just iron it away and change the project name when you’re ready!

We’d like everyone to use this same pattern for the swap to keep them all fairly equal in size and shape but would like you to go crazy making it your own. We made up a few to give you some ideas.

Jonna followed the pattern directions to make this first one. So cute, right?

pouch 1

On this second version, Jonna put the binding on the outside rather than the inside. This way, there’s no fussing with turning the bag inside out and back again. The label/tag was omitted because you will not want to iron over the vinyl to erase it later. She also quilted the exterior pieces (not the lining), to make it a little more sturdy.

pouch 2

I made this third version with the binding on the inside, per the pattern. I quilted the main pouch section after the vinyl and first half of the zipper were attached. For the smaller part that shows on the front, I quilted through the exterior and batting only so that I could still easily attach the other side of the zip.

pouch 3

Please bring your completed #luckyprojectpouch to our June 14th meeting, wrapped and ready to exchange in a blind swap. Have fun picking fabrics, piecing, applique, quilting – whatever you’d like to do to put your own spin on it. See you in June!

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8 responses to “Project Bag Swap

  1. One easy tip for using the clear vinyl that might make life easier (before turning the bag RSO) is to use a hair dryer on a low heat setting to heat up the vinyl which softens it a little. Do NOT touch the dryer to the vinyl, and move the dryer back and forth so it warms it up evenly without melting. This is also helpful for smoothing out wrinkles in the vinyl when the bag is finished. 🙂

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    • Thanks Bell! I think everyone had fun and it was great seeing all the different pouches made.

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