A Tutorial AND a Giveaway!!!!



Let me just say that writing up a sewing tutorial is quite the process! I've been at it since last night. This is my first time so maybe it gets easier. It's not formatted exactly as I would like but decided to leave it as is for the time being. Please let me know if something doesn't make sense or if you have suggestions as to how I can improve the tutorial. I would like to do more in the future so it is definitely a learning process for me.

I chose to make a tutorial for my Patchwork Pencil Pouch. It's a basic zipper pouch with some patchwork detailing on the front. Making this pouch is a great way to use up some of those awesome little scraps you have laying around. I aimed to make the tutorial user friendly for beginners as well as more experienced sewers. If you've made a zip pouch before, just can just use the measurements in my tutorial and go for it!

To sweeten the deal, I'm going to do a giveaway as well! The pouch I created in making this tutorial is up for grabs to anyone in the US or Canada. I will draw a name and announce the winner April 1st! Feel free to enter until 12 am eastern time on Wednesday, March 31st.




All you have to do is take a quick peek at my shop and tell me what your favorite item is in a comment below. Or, if you have suggestions as to something new I should add, let me know! Whenever I get around to listing everything I have leftover from the show I did, I want to get the shop stocked up with lots of new stuff. I'd love to hear feedback to help me come up with some ideas. (Include your email address in your comment if it's not linked in your profile so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!)

To recap:

The tutorial is here! I just created a Flickr Group for this tutorial. If you make a pouch, I'd love to see photos of your creation!

Comment below to enter the giveaway. Ends Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 (11.59 pm central). I will announce the winner Thursday, April 1st! Make sure to include your email addy if its not linked in your profile! I will post the winner's name here but will also need a way to contact you! Thanks.

The giveaway is closed! I will be back shortly to announce a winner. Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by to leave such great comments!!!!!!!! You guys are awesome.


And the winner is. . . . MamaKnits2Much

Comment number 28-

MamaKnits2Much on March 29, 2010 11:30 PM
That is an adorable pouch! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. You have a great shop. I added it to my favorites. :) Hand-sewn items are my favorite. I love the the slouchy bag, the pocket clutches, and the zippy pocket wallets!


I don't have an email address for you so please contact me so that I can get this pouch shipped out to you! Congrats!

55 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! It was hard to decide what my favorite item in your shop was, everything is so lovely! But I've decided it's the So Cute Handbag. Love it!

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  2. yay Vanessa! great tutorial, I can't wait to make some. And the giveaway, fun stuff! I do love your slouchy bag, I really have been eyeing them up.

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  3. I love the Zippy Pocket Wallet with Swivel Clip. Thanks for the tutorial, I found you on Sewing@CraftGossip. I may make one this afternoon, zippers have always kind of scared me so I've stayed away from sewing them!

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  4. Great tutorial! And pencil cases are so cute! I can't wait to make some for myself and my baby cousins. Thank you!

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  5. Hey Vanessa!
    I'm really loving your Mini List Taker and Key Fob Set. They would be really handy to carry around in your purse.

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  6. I really like your Owl Softies! I looove owls, and these are just so cute!

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  7. I really love the Nicey Jane Pocket clutch. It is so cute!

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  8. Love, love, love the pocket clutch!

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  9. I love the fabrics you use - wowers! My favorite would have to be Pocket Clutch - Nicey Jane. Thanks for the tutorial for the pencil case, I will use mine as a make-up bag once it is finished.

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  10. I love your Olivia Owl softie - SO cute!

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  11. Oh too cute! Now I know what to do with the zillions of fat quarters I have laying around the house!!! Thank you so much for putting up a tutorial, and your Etsy story is amazing! I love all of your stuff! But I think my favorite (besides the pencil pouch) is the Pocket Clutch - Nicey Jane- it's awesome!

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  12. Thanks for the tutorial!
    Your bags are nice but I prefer the lovely Olivia Owl. I know where I put her.
    thanks
    Have a nice day

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  13. All your items are wonderful but I like the Mini- List Taker- what a cute way to have your little notebook with you! Very well made products!

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  14. I am just getting into sewing so I love seeing tutorials and DIYs! I will need to make some of these following your directions one of these days!! I'm sure it won't look nearly as nice though, I haven't dabbled with zippers yet, but hope to soon! My fav item is the Mini List Taker and Key Fob Set - Nicey Jane!

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  15. I think these are sooo cute...I will definitely be making a few of them for my daughter's crayons and pencils. I really love the slouchy bag as well as the zippy wallet with swivel clip.
    Angela
    nscrofan[at]rogers[dot]com

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  16. I like all the slouchy bags. They look nice and practical, too. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

    denny1600@gmail.com
    http://funinthedesert-denny.blogspot.com/

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  17. Well, I like everything in your shop. I love the little wallets and slouchy bags the most.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. I'm quite smitten with the zippy pocket wallet with the pink trim. So cute!

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  19. Your Zippy Wallet Pocket is really great - the design and fabrics are cute and it would be useful to have in the hurkin' big bag I carry!

    I came from Whip Up and will have fun looking through your blog!

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial! Your shop has lovely items - my favorite is the Nicey Jane Pocket Clutch :)

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  21. I love a lot of things in your shop--especially the Ribbon Clutch and the Crescent Shoulder Bag!

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  22. I love the colorful plaid purse, definitely my favorite.

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  23. Vanessa,
    I love your aqua zipper!! These are too cute ...

    Weird coincidence, but I was working on patchwork versions of my ruffled 'Everyday Pouch' with Osnaburg. Great minds!!

    Happy Sewing!
    (knittybitties@gmail.com)

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  24. These are wonderful! Great job on your tutorial, too. I am going to have to make some of these.:)

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  25. Very cute stuff. I especially like this pencil pouch: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43451648

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  26. Lovely tutorial! And I love your little Ollie Owl in your shop! Thanks for sharing!
    sheila.ryan.tx@gmail.com

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  27. Love the items in your shop, especially the Olivia Owl Softie. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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  28. That is an adorable pouch! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. You have a great shop. I added it to my favorites. :) Hand-sewn items are my favorite. I love the the slouchy bag, the pocket clutches, and the zippy pocket wallets!

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  29. I'm not sure if I can pick just one favorite...all your items look wonderful! I really like the Mini List Taker (especially the one in Fairy Tip Toes). Thanks for the tutorial!

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  30. I like the petite patchwork zipper pouch because it has a flat bottom - great detail. I also like the camera wrist bag. All you need is a slot for your Starbucks card.

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  31. Brilliant!! I always battle with the lining and zip but this makes is much slimpler. Thanks so much for the simple clear explination!! lovely tutorial.

    Cleo
    cleo at techgear.co.za

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  32. Great tutorial! I love your slouchy bags - so cute.

    mirja74@comcast.net

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  33. i love the small and sweet zip up best, but this pouch is great. thanks for the tutorial!

    molly
    acyder {at} gmail

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  34. thank you for the wonderful tutorial! You do marvelous work, so clean lined and stylish! I really like all of your pieces but if I had to pick one I'd say the Mini List Taker and Key Fob Set - Social Climber. I never have paper to scribble on when I need it and the fabric for this was just so pretty.

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  35. You know I love everything you make! However, when you posted the Slouchy Bag Mod Brown and Blue I decided it is right now my favorite! As always I love your work and ALL of your products! Kim

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  36. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am definitely going to make one of these cuties using an old pair of cut-up jeans and leftover quilting fabric.

    And your crayone case is my favorite.

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  37. your works are so great and cute! So sad, i'm from Europe.. :/

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  38. I love the patchwork pencil case, but your wallets are darling too - I really like the tabs on them.

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  39. Love the tutorial. Ollie the Owl is definitely one of my favorites in your shop. I am so glad I discovered your blog - thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. it was really tough to just pick one, but i guess i would go with the pocket clutch. Everything was so cute and i love Nicey Jane!!!

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  41. Your stuff is super cute! Great fabric choices! Thanks for the tutorial. As I am an obsessive list taker, I love your mini list taker.

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  42. Ooh, cute stuff! I love the Zippy pocket wallet! I love your fabric choices.

    javiandjess @ xtra.co.nz

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  43. Love the tutorial! Live in the UK so can't enter your comp, but had a peek at your shop anyway and ADORE the brown lacework buttercup clutch. Jen x

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  44. thanks for the tutorial! love the mini list taker from the shop.

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  45. Thanks for the tutorial! I'd love to win one one of your cases :)

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  46. My favorites are the zippy pocket wallets - there is a red/maroon one I am particularly enamored of. Or maybe the aqua with green stripe trim one...Thank you for the tutorial - I am slightly afraid of zippers - hoping I can follow these instructions and do one.

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  47. Thanks for the tutorial. My favorite thing in your Etsy store is the zippy wallet. Can't wait to make the zippered pencil pouch.

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  48. Hi, I really like your pocket clutch - the detail of the tab coming from the bottom is quite different and charming. Since you asked for suggestions, I would offer the option of adding a wrist strap. I must day, what I liked the most about your shop were the modifications to the Buttercup bag pattern - a personal favorite of mine too. I've made it a couple of times and added a ziper just like you did. I really liked your shoulder bag version. Thanks for the zipper pouch tutorial, the patchwork detailing really makes them unique (plus who doesn't have a bag full of scraps? Hopefully many, otherwise...)

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  49. So many great items but right now I'm loving the Olivia Owl Softie! You have such a good eye for cute things!

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  50. Very cool idea! Thanks for posting this.
    Really its amazing information about Pen Case
    Awesome job !!! well done keep it up.

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  51. Hi, I saw this tutorial in the long thread and i loved it... i'll show this pic in my blog and your link, ok? thanks

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  52. So pretty! My daughter will love this for the first day of school. thanks for sharing!

    Irene (Genesis Biosystems)

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