Scrappy Patchwork Notions Pouch Tutorial

2.12.2018

The Notions Pouch Sew Along is just about ready to kick off, and I've got a quick tutorial for you! The dates will be February 19 through March 16 and you can see all the details here. Be sure to get your copy of the pattern now at a discount--it will go back to the normal price after the sew along!

 retro mama patchwork notions pouch

 retro mama

We will be sewing together for the next few weeks and I Can. Not. Wait. to see all the sweet little pouches that you are going to make! I have teamed up with some fabulous companies to offer some really fun prizes, and I'm so excited to share my first sponsor with you!

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Zipit has a ginormous selection of YKK zippers, from regular nylon zips in tons of colors to all the cutest metal designs, including the donut pulls that are my current obsession. Jennie from Zipit has sent me a fantastic bundle of zippers that will be included in the grand prize at the end of the sew along.

Check out these beautiful zips (and bonus a-deer-able wood buttons!)--they could be yours if you sew along with us!

 zippers from Zipit

 zippers from Zipit

 zippers from Zipit

 zippers from Zipit

 zippers from Zipit

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Scrappy Patchwork Notions Pouch Tutorial

(Note: this is an add-on to my pattern for purchase--you will still need the pattern to complete your bag!)

 retro mama patchwork notions pouch

You know how sometimes you hope and wish that the measurements will work out *just so* and then they DO?? Yeah, that never happens. Except this one time! I really wanted to use 3/4" patchwork strips on the medium sized pouch, and like magic, it worked out with 12 perfect scrappy rows!

Here’s what you need:

2 strips of quilting cotton prints - 2-1/2"H x 7"L (for the top and bottom)
lots of 1-1/4" quilting cotton print strips of varying lengths to make 10 scrappy rows
quilting cotton fabric for lining
cotton batting
8" zipper
pattern (you will need the medium template)

1. On a flat surface (I used a plain white canvas), lay out one of the 2-1/2" x 7" strips on top, then layer your scrappy strips below into 10 rows. Be sure to take into account 1/4" seam allowances to be sure you have enough length. Lay the remaining 2-1/2" strip on the bottom. I used 30 fabrics in total for the patchwork, without any repeats. All of the middle rows have between 2 to 4 fabrics each.

 retro mama | quilted patchwork notions pouch tutorial

 retro mama | patchwork quilted notions pouch tutorial

2. Move the strips around until you are satisfied with how they look. (You may notice that my strips are in slightly different places at each step as I kept fiddling with them until I was happy!)

Things to remember:
Rows 6 and 7 from the top will be underneath the bag

If using directional prints, make sure that they will be facing the correct direction. The diagram in Step 4 has arrows pointing in the direction that the top of the fabrics should be facing

3. Sew the fabrics in each row, end to end, trimming the strips to size as you sew. Press the seam allowances open.

 retro mama | patchwork quilted notions pouch tutorial

 retro mama | patchwork quilted notions pouch tutorial

4. Adjust the rows until you like the placement, then trim each row to 7". Sew the rows together with a precise 1/4" seam allowance, and press the seam allowances open.

 retro mama | patchwork quilted notions pouch tutorial

5. Make your quilt sandwich as directed in the pattern and quilt as desired. I quilted a scant 1/8" on either side of every long seam. Trim the fabrics to the size of the patchwork before using the template.

 retro mama | patchwork quilted notions pouch tutorial

6. When you cut out your bag, fold it in half exactly on the seam between the 6th and 7th rows, and place the template arrows on that seam. Use the medium sized template.

7. Add your embellishments. Instructions for fabric stamps and trims are in the pattern. If desired, sew a folded piece of ribbon to the front of the bag before sewing on the binding.

 retro mama | fabric stamp

Pro Tip: Keep your little embellishments and zipper together in a tray or box so they don't get buried under piles of fabric or fall behind your work table (I'm sure neither of those things have ever happened to me, why do you ask??).

 retro mama | fabric stamp

8. Follow the remaining pattern instructions to assemble your bag.

 retro mama | patchwork notions pouch

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Remember to post your project photos on Instagram with the hashtag #NotionsPouchSAL and #retromamapattern as well as follow all of the hosts:

Cat @tincatsew
Mary @SunnyDaySupply
Kim @robotmomsews
Stephanie @sissybellesews
Minki @zeriano
Heidi @fabricmutt

Happy Stitching!
Kim

Notions Pouch Sew Along!

2.07.2018

Hello Stitchers! There was a lot of interest in a sew along for my quilted notions pouch pattern, so let's do this! We're going to keep the sew along short and sweet, just like this little zippy bag! The SAL will run for one month, from February 19-March 16. That will include three weeks of sew along and one week for the wrap-up and grand prizes.

 retro mama | notions pouch sew along

The first thing you'll need is my Quilted Notions Pouch Sewing Pattern, which is 20% off from now until the sew along ends, yay!

(You will also need either a 6" or 8" zipper, everything else you will probably be able to find in your stash!)

I've got some incredible hosts lined up:

Week 1 February 19-25

Heidi @FabricMutt

Minki @zeriano


Week 2 February 26-March 4

Cat @tincatsew

Stephanie @sissybellesews


Week 3 March 5-11

Mary @SunnyDaySupply

Kim @robotmomsews


Week 4 March 12-16

Wrap-up and prizes on my blog and Instagram!

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Here are some gorgeous pouches that friends have already stitched up

 retro mama quilted notions pouch made by Minki Kimbag and photo by Minki

 retro mama quilted notions pouch made by coleandtaffybag and photo by Michelle

 retro mama quilted notions pouch made by bobbypinbanditbag and photo by Kristen

 retro mama quilted notions pouch made by sissybellesewsbag and photo by Stephanie

Here's what you need to do!

1) Follow me @retro_mama and all of the talented ladies above on Instagram, and consider following the hashtag #notionspouchSAL too so you can see everyone's projects, posts, and giveaways!

2) Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #notionspouchSAL and #retromamapattern to participate and be eligible for prizes. Please be sure that your account is public so we can see your projects, and I would love it if you would also tag me @retro_mama to be sure that I don't miss your photos! You may enter more than once if you make more than one notions pouch.

I will be blogging each week with a tutorial (including the patchwork version in the first photo), inspiration, and more info about the giveaways. I'm so excited to see all of the creative and adorable pouches that you will be sewing up!

In the meantime, grab your pattern now, gather up your favorite fabrics and notions, and get ready to sew!

Happy Stitching!
Kim

 retro mama | quilted notions pouch

 retro mama fabric stack

 retro mama notions pouch wip

Quilted Notions Pouch Pattern Release and SALE!

1.08.2018

My Quilted Notions Pouch pattern is now available in the shop! These sweet little zakka style pouches can be made in two sizes, using 6" or 8" zippers. Showcase your favorite buttons, trims, and fabric scraps to make one-of-a-kind gifts!

 Retro Mama :: Quilted Notions Pouch sewing pattern

I recommend this pattern for intermediate stitchers as it requires a fair amount of hand sewing. Experience with zippers and quilting techniques is helpful but not required as I've stuffed the pattern with tons of photos and instructions. Templates are included to make the red and blue bags as shown, but there are infinite possibilities for patchwork, quilting, and embellishments! I've also included info on different zippers and trims, as well as metric conversions.

Finished sizes

Medium pouch: 4-1/2"H x 5-1/2"W (11.4 cm x 14 cm)
Small pouch: 3-1/2"H x 4-1/4"W (8.9 cm x 10.8 cm)

 adorable zipper pouch

 adorable zipper pouch

 retro mama zipper pouch

 retro mama adorable little zakka pouches

 retro mama zipper pouch sewing pattern

 sewing pattern zipper pouch

 retro mama zipper pouch sewing pattern

 zipper pouch sewing pattern

Let's start off the year of stitching with a sale! Everything in my shop is marked down 20% until January 20, 2018! 

Happy Stitching!
Kim

Mermaid Doll Sewing Pattern

8.28.2017

My newest doll pattern is here! Swimming into my shop is this sweet mermaid doll PDF sewing pattern. I made a trio of mermaid friends and I love how different they look just by switching up the prints and hair accessories!

 Love this mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama!

The pattern includes tons of step-by-step photos (over 40 of them!) in addition to thorough written instructions. Glossary and tips sections help guide you through all the techniques to help you create beautiful, professional looking dolls.

 super cute mermaid sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 super cute mermaid doll sewing pattern by Retro Mama

 gorgeous mermaid doll by Retro Mama

There are so many ways to customize your doll--her hair and curvy tail are reversible (a straight tail option is included as well), I've included instructions to make two different felt flowers and a starfish process crown, and you can mix and match swimsuit, peplum, tail and fin fabrics to your heart's content!

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 mermaid doll sewing pattern from Retro Mama

 Mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Retro Mama mermaid princess doll

 Retro Mama mermaid doll sewing pattern

 Mermaid Doll PDF sewing pattern by Retro Mama

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Ready to dive into mermaid-making? The pattern is very straight-foward, but if you have never made a doll before then you might find it to be a bit challenging. I recommend this pattern for intermediate to advanced stitchers, as it requires several skills, including appliqué, hand embroidery, and lots of curvy stitching.

Last but not least, you may sell what you sew! Please refer to the shop listing for how home stitchers may sell items made from my patterns.

Additionally, now through the month of September, 20% of all mermaid sales will be donated to charities that will help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@retro_mama) with your Retro Mama mermaid pics!

Happy Doll Making,
Kim

Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

6.13.2017

 Arbor Blossom Blog Tour
Oh gosh the cuteness. My head started spinning with possibilities when the lovely and talented Nadra Ridgeway asked me to take part in a blog hop for her new Arbor Blossom fabric line. The gorgeous colors, the darling florals, sigh. Thank you my friend, this is such a treat! If you're not already following Nadra on Instagram, I encourage you to do so for a daily dose of inspiration and quilty gorgeousness.

 Arbor Blossom fabric

Always hunting for perfect minty green fabrics, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I saw just how many green prints were in this fabric line. In need of a new hot pad for my teapot, I knew a Granny Smith version of my Easy as Pie apple potholder was in my future.

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder

 Scrap Happy Sewing apple potholder
:: apple potholder pattern from my book ::

And because you can never have too much fabric fruit around, I made a new pear pincushion as well. I keep several handmade pincushions throughout my sewing room, though instead of pins, they are stuck full of threaded embroidery needles--so convenient!

 cute pear pincushion

 cute pear pincushion
:: pear pincushion pattern from my shop ::

For my third project, I just had to make a zipper pouch with this amazing red floral print. I love using little notions as decorations, and I think this bag will be perfect for storing small sewing accessories. I started out with my sewing kit template and tinkered with it until I had a bag in the shape I wanted.

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

 cute little zipper pouch

A peek at the inside

 cute little zipper pouch

For more Arbor Blossom projects, follow along with the blog hop all week!


6.12 Heidi Staples fabricmutt.blogspot.com @fabricmutt
6.13 Kim Kruzich retro-mama.blogspot.com @retro_mama
6.14 LeAnne Ballard everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com @everydaycelebrations
6.15 Allison Jensen woodberryway.com @woodberry_way
6.16 Veronica AM vividfelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
6.17 Nadra Ridgeway ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs


 Arbor Blossom Blog Hop

Arbor Blossom is available now, so no need to wait to get sewing!

Happy Stitching,
Kim