Twelve patterns twelve months

My ambition in 2013 is to create 12 sewing patterns, publishing one a month, either for sale in my Folksy handmade shop, or to share for free here at Very Berry. I’m already well on the way to *not* meeting the first stage, because I don’t think I’m going to get the first one done and dusted by Thursday…..! Bu-uut my other 2013 resolution is *not* to get to stressed by self-imposed deadlines, so I’m ok with that. But I do have a logo/badge…

12 patterns 12 months

So, I’m half-way there, right?

The first pattern will be a little envelope pouch, suitable for mini-tablets of a certain size (Nexus 7, Kindle Fire for instance). Here are the first two prototypes:

Dandelion tablet case 2

This one’s made with Josephine Kimberling’s Dandelion Hatch fabric from her Just Dandy line, and some lovely spotty linen from My Fabric House, and some plain green linen to edge and line.


All blue tablet case

The second prototype is made with some of Erin McMorris’ Summersault collection (very cheery for the incredibly snowy day we had yesterday…), and some bright blue linen.

I am hoping to have the pattern up for sale by next weekend, and also plan to make and sell a few myself if you’d prefer me to do the work!

Ideas please…

If you have any ideas for small-ish accessories/homewares that I might be able to create a pattern for then please suggest away… If you have a good idea, and if I can make it, you might well become the proud possessor of a free prototype (not the rubbish first one, I promise…). 


And an early warning – I have a lovely Valentine’s themed felt giveaway coming, with the goodies provided by the lovely Etsy shop, Cloud Craft, so don’t forget to call back tomorrow.

43 thoughts on “Twelve patterns twelve months

  1. Oh poo, I only just found you. Am I too late for suggestions? I would really, really like something for my ipod earphones. I came across a very interesting thing called a “taco” made in leather, but it was ridiculously expensive. Would much rather have a fabric one! Thanks, happy to have found you, from a fellow quilter. Emma

  2. Good luck with the patterns! I’ve been pattern writing myself this week, a long process! The kindle pouch is very sweet, and the just dandy fabric line is a favourite of mine.

  3. I’m sick of hanging my necklaces on my drawer handles, so make be you can fix it for me! Or one of those bag organisers that you move from bag to bag!

  4. What a great idea, but PLEASE don’t stress too much. I love your “this months make” (and the fabrics too). Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Will def check out your post tomorrow.

  5. Absolutely loving the tablet pouches Ali – do they have a magnetic snap to fasten? Also loving your new approach about not getting stressed too – make sure you keep that one up. I’ve decided to get less stressed on the making front as well – I really want to just focus on the folksy shop, but its struggling to get off the starting blocks – but early days. Decided health and family must come first. Also, moving house might be in the pipeline later this year, and that is certainly a stressful event.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the next 12 months.

    Take Care

    1. Hi Jane – they fasten with boring old velcro I’m afraid, I worry about magnets and zips round electrics and precious screens. Good luck with your non-stress approach – maybe we need to start a support group…. All the best with the Folksy shop – you’ll get there I’m sure, your stuff is fab.

  6. A nice two person passport holder, I have a great pattern for 4 or 6 but I can’t adapt it to 2. I think the passports should go one above each other on the right and then a pocket on the left for documents or slots for driving licenses. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with bopper the next 12 months.

  7. The samples look great! I have ambitions to make up a number of patterns for sale this year myself, but there’s other things I need to get out of the way first, so I’m not stressing yet…

  8. I love aprons and would like a really simple half apron with a cute frill around the edge, something retro that my granny would have worn. I am still a beginner after a year on the sewingnmachine (it still scares me a little), so I need patterns that are gorgeous but easy. Any ideas for cute keyrings? A needle case out of Liberty? Crochet hook case? Congrats on your little tablet holder, I especially like the dandelion fabric.

  9. Your pouch is looking good and I’m looking forward to seeing what else you make
    I’d also like to see a crafty apron something with pockets to keep my bits and pieces in so I can get to them easily

    Jackie x

  10. I’d be interested to see if you can come up with a snack bag – something to keep biscuits (or fruit, I suppose) safe in my handbag without damaging them and without spilling crumbs (or juice) over all my other junk… I mean precious belongings!

  11. Looking good – I’m in the market for a crafty apron, like a market trader’s, but way nicer, to store the useful things and stop all the lose threads sticking to my thighs!

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