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From Cushion to Project Bag!!!

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Hello all! How was your weekend? Was it snowy? We haven’t had any more snow since Friday so it was a slippery walk into school this morning!

Back last week I made a trip to my local Dunelm determined to get a nice squishy cushion pad for my patchwork cushion, as the one I’d used for the pictures was a little too small. Whilst having a browse, I came across a bargain basket of cushions at £1 each for a cushion and a cover, which seemed much better value than £2.50 for just a cushion pad! So I quickly made my purchase and headed home.

Open Wide Pouch from a cushion cover with extra slip-pocket by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

It seemed a shame to throw the cushion cover away as it was quite pretty and had a zip closure at the back, I just didn’t have anywhere to put it….after a bit of pondering, it came to me: I could make myself a little project bag!

I used Noodlehead’s Open Wide Pouch tutorial as, having made one before, I knew it was easy to make and I just love how the pouch opens up nice and wide so that you can see everything ‘cos, you know, when you’re working on a project you always lose something at the bottom of the bag!!!

After trimming off the sides, I carefully removed the zip and chopped the ‘height’ of the back piece in half (if that makes sense?!) to maximise the size of my pouch as the zip closure had been placed 3/4 of the way up. My pieces ended up measuring 12″ x 8″.

Open Wide Pouch from a cushion cover with extra slip-pocket by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I fussy-cut two 12″ x 8″ pieces for the exterior of my pouch, and added some sew-in interfacing to give it an extra bit of firmness (I’d run out of fusible interfacing – boo!).

I followed Noodleheads instructions, using a measurement of 2.5″ for squaring the corners, and a few little changes;

Open Wide Pouch Modifications

  • Adding a tab at both ends of the zip and placing the zip so that it extended beyond the pouch at both ends.
  • Including an internal pocket so that I can squirrel away patchwork templates and the like.
  • Putting in a lanyard that I can clip my scissors to and find them with ease (this is, of course, assuming that I remember to actually re-attach my scissors after using them. Mmmmmm!)
Open Wide Pouch from a cushion cover with extra slip-pocket by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

So here it is…..ta-dah!

Open Wide Pouch from a cushion cover with extra slip-pocket by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’m quite pleased with my thrifty pouch and hope to be using it very soon for some patchwork. Or maybe some knitting. And if you’re looking for a quick gift, I would definitely recommend this pattern – it’s ace!

I’m going to link up with Lets Get Acquainted as my latest make hot off the machine!

See you all soon,

S x

Today’s sky ● mostly white, but the sun is just starting to peep through

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  1. January 21, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    Nicely done–I love the creative reuse! Aren't Noodlehead's tutorials the best?

  2. January 21, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    What a good idea. The fabric is perfect for a pouch. I'm new to blogging so I haven't checked out noodlehead yet, I'm headed over there now.

  3. January 21, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    Popped over from P&J – that pouch is really scrummy, good to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. January 21, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    It looks great, and what a brilliant idea!

  5. January 21, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    It looks great and I love the additions you have made!

  6. January 21, 2013 / 10:00 pm

    Thanks Lynne – that's probably my idea for the year now!!!!!

  7. January 21, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. January 21, 2013 / 10:15 pm

    They definately are. Can loose hours just browsing!

  9. January 21, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Thanks. Good to meet you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. January 21, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Thank you – it's what I love about making handmade and being able to personalise things just so!

  11. January 21, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. January 21, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    Brilliant idea! And such a bargain ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how the text and butterfly ended up right there on the front! It looks great!

  13. Sarah
    January 21, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Upcycling / Recycling and all for ยฃ1 – bargain!!! Sarah xx

  14. January 22, 2013 / 10:43 am

    Your project bag is delightful! You are so clever! What a good idea to think of putting a lanyard in – I am forever hunting for my scissors! E x

  15. January 25, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    It did work out well in the end! x

  16. January 25, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    Thanks Aoife, it did work out okay in the end!

  17. January 25, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Thanks Heidi, and thanks for popping by x

  18. January 25, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Thanks E! Yep, lanyards have become essentials in most of my bags now – helps to locate keys or scissiors!!!!!