I am experimenting with drawing patterns to create different sized pouches with simple flat bottoms (the stitching across the corners method), but keeping the sides straight-ish. I *think* I have come up with something that works (there’s probably a mathematical way of doing it, but that’s beyond me – my system is trial and error..). I tested out my pattern with some Liberty and linen (so what’s new?).
Whenever I post a pic of a make featuring this linen, I get loads of people asking me what it is… so, it’s yarn-dyed Essex linen (from Robert Kaufman) in a shade called Flax. If they ever stop making it, I will have to stop sewing… well, not really, but I do love it because that woven textured look says authentic ‘linen’ to me, but it is incredibly soft and easy to work with, and because it is 45% cotton, it is not too heavy either. Fabulous stuff, and helpfully stocked by lots of the best UK fabric shops like M is for Make, Eternal Maker, Celtic Fusion Fabrics, Fabric Rehab, and Quilt Me Happy.
And of course, if you want to buy some Liberty fabrics to make some hexies of your own, then you can come to me! I made the hexies using the English Paper Piecing method, and then machine stitched them into place on the front of the pouch, stitching round the central hexie, then round the edge of the flower.
The pouch is lined with more Liberty lawn (a print from Spring 2013 called Katie and Millie). I also made a little zip pull using two 3/4″ hexies sandwiched round a piece of felt. Rather tricky to sew as I had to thread it through the zip end before I stitched it!
This will hopefully be my next 12 Patterns in 12 Months tutorial… Flat bottoms and straight sides for all! I’ve also got a little trick with zip ends to share…