Monday, June 11, 2012

Orchard Path Pouch - Zakka Sew Along Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of the Zakka Style Sew Along! I was really excited to work on the Orchard Path Tweed Pouch for the Zakka Along, in part because it included something I've been really wanting to try (EPP hexagons!!) and you can never have too many pouches :)

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Unfortunately for me, in my first attempts at the pouch, I misunderstood the enlargement instructions, perhaps due to a lack of an appropriate level of caffeine.  Just in case you fall into that same boat when you make your pouch, be sure to only enlarge the pouch pattern piece - not the corners or the hexagon, those don't need enlarging.  Because if you enlarge the hexagons, they finish up around the same size as the whole pouch.  Trust me.  Want to know how I know?

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LOL, I made used these "wrong" pouches as teacher gifts last week for the munchkin's two teachers, and fortunately, this is an easy-to-follow pattern that whips up really quickly, so I didn't mind having to make a third pouch.

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For my third pouch, I pulled a few fun scraps for a pouch for me, using Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen in Azure as my main pouch fabric. The pattern calls for tweed, but the only source I could find locally for tweed (Jo-Ann's) didn't have any tweed that I felt compelled to work with, so I went with (faux) linen instead. I love the look of Quilter's Linen, and I especially enjoy that it behaves like cotton when you work with it, rather than linen, which can sometimes stretch in odd ways. I did use some actual linen for the pouch corner accents, Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in Chartreuse. For my lining, I pulled my current favorite Spoonflower find, from none other than Rashida Coleman-Hale herself - an outtake print from Washi that you can only find on Spoonflower. Isn't it adorable?

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The directions for the pouch are really quite straight-forward, with the exception perhaps of the zipper instructions. If you are new to zippers or less than confident in using them, I highly recommend you follow the Kelbysews style of zipper pouch making - adding tabs to the zipper after shortening it to 1.5" shorter than the pouch itself, so in this instance, trim your zipper to 8.5", lopping off the excess on the end rather than the pull side of the zipper.

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Don't forget to post a photo of your finished pouch in the Flickr pool and link it up at Lindsey's blog, LR Stitched, for a chance to win an amazing prize, some beautiful fat quarters courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics!

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Would you like to adorn your pouch with some special stitching? You can enter to win a 6-pack of gorgeous Aurifil threads, and I have five packs to give away! I adore working with Aurifil, I've started using it exclusively in the last few months and I cannot possibly recommend it enough. This giveaway will close on Friday, June 15th at 11:59pm EST and I will announce winners on Saturday.

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107 comments:

  1. Love your pouches, even the oversize hexagons! Fortunately I realised that both the hexagons and the corner squares were way out of kilter before I cut them out, having done the same as you and increased the whole page by 200%.

    Agree with you too on the zips, much neater with the tab ends!

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  2. I have not started this project, so I really appreciate the heads-up about the enlargement!! Thanks for the tips, the inspiration, and the reminder that everyone can make a mistake now and then - I'm not alone :-)

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  3. I love your hexagon pouch! I'll be sure not to enlarge my hexagons when I make it though! I agree that the covered zipper ends look so much better!

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  4. Got to start mine, enlarged it yesterday...thanks for the tip!

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  5. I look forward to make this project for the zakka style sew along. Love the azure linen. Beautiful color.

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  6. Really cute pouch - love the chartreuse and azure together! And I like how you zig-zag stitched on the ends of the zip - so cute!

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  7. This looks like a nice, easy project and super cute with the different hexies. I've never tried aurifil before, but here the best things about it. Thanks for the chance!

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  8. Thanks for the tips! I think all of your pouches look great anyway and I'm off to see if I've got what it takes to try this cute project :)
    I'd love to win some yummy Aurifil threads - here's hoping!

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  9. I love all your pouches and think the large hexagon pouches look lovely. And I love the zip hint - I will use that in future.

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  10. Thanks for your tips. I have found all the Zakka posts have saved me a lot of headaches.

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  11. Thanks for your tips on the project!

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  12. I love the big hexagons and thanks for the tips and giveaway!

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  13. cute little pouches...i also love aurifil thread

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  14. Love these pouches! I may have to give hexies a try! Thanks for the giveaway! I love aurifil!

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  15. i love these little packs of thread! i am glad for the tip about enlarging too!

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  16. Lovely pouches! Thanks for the tips and the giveaway!

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  17. I would like to try our aurofil.
    Little pouches are so fun to make!

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  18. Super cute pouches, and thanks for the aurifil giveaway. I've become an aurifil lover lately too!

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  19. pretty and fun pouches. thanks for the tips.

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  20. Good info on pouches. I would love to win some thread. Good thread too.

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  21. Thanks so much for your tips on this project. I've never sewn a zipper in my life so I'm pretty much terrified.

    We shall see...

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  22. Thanks for pointing out the enlarging strategy right at the top of your post! It's great that you got teacher gifts made while working on this. Looking forward to making this one.

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  23. Super helpful pouch info :-) Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil, too!

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  24. Cute little pouches! Thanks for your useful tips and the chance to win some Aurifil.

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  25. Cute pouches! I made potholders for my teacher's gifts this year.
    Thanks for the chance to win some thread!

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  26. I love both of your pouches! And kelby's tutorial is really good. Thank you for the chance to win some Aurifil! :)

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  27. Really sweet. I'm not joining in this week as I don't need another pouch!

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  28. What cute little pouches. I have been seeing aurifil popping up on a lot of quilting pages lately. Is it best used for piecing, quilting, both, neither? Just curious.

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  29. Your Hexi pouch is so cute! Thanks for the link re zippers - always helpful!

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  30. I love your cute little pouches. I am working on some hexies and think something like that is in order. I love aurfil as well!!

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  31. I like the big hexies and the DS fabric you used is awesome!!!!!!

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  32. I've recently made some hexagons just for the sake of it, now I may have to put them to use! thanks for pattern tips.

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  33. Lol, oopsie on the resizing! Glad you worked it out in the end though. Not sure I could bring myself to use tweed for this project, but I'm sure I can find something to go with hexie goodness :o)

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  34. Love the pouches! I have yet to try Aurifil, but I'd love to try it someday!

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  35. I have read so much about Aurifil, but haven't had the chance to try it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I need a few pouches. I'd also like to try Aurofil thread. I have a good stash of Metrosene, that it's hard to want to give that up if I fall for something new

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  37. too cute! I think the oversized hexies are darling!!:)

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  38. Thanks for the zipper tip! Seems it will work better than what I did :)))

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  39. Great pouches - i would love to try them & embellish with those beautiful threads!
    thank you for the giveaway!

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  40. I am dying to try aurifil thread! I love how you did the Zipper ends, nice clean finish

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  41. aurifil makes my kind-of-crappy machine run much better!

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  42. The pouches are so cute! Too funny that you enlarged everything. Though it worked out as you got to use them as gifts.
    The right pouch looks great, loving the linen colours =D

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  43. Cute pouches! I love that liner fabric. I've got to try making one of these now.

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  44. Cute pouches! I love that liner fabric. I've got to try making one of these now.

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  45. I've yet to try Aurifil thread, but I've heard so much about it!

    I need to make some of those sweet little pouches to toss into the gift stash!

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  46. So cute! I just started making hexies and I'm addicted. I have no idea what I will make with them, but your pouches are very inspirational. Maybe I will finally get over my zipper fear.

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  47. Lovely pouches - love the ends to the zippers - gives it a really finished look. I chose green linen for mine instead of tweed (couldn't find any in teh charoty shops)!! Would love to win some Aurifil :)

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  48. Cute pouches! I say the bigger, the better as far as hexies are concerned. I used the quilters linen in a pouch I just made. Love it!

    I had zipper end problems...I used Kelly's instructions, but I was skeptical about the zipper being 1.5 inches shorter. I don't know why! So I ignored that, and of course she was right! Lesson learned. :)

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  49. It's my first try making hexagons so I am a bit apprehensive. Your tips are great and thank you for being honest enough to reveal the enlargement woopsadaisy...it may save a few of us.

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  50. The pouches are so cute - love the hexagons !

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  51. Those turned out really well. I would love to try Aurifil. I can't buy it locally and just haven't ordered any yet.

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  52. Thanks for the tip on the zipper and enlarging...I'm sure if I don't write it down I'll do the same thing even after being warned. Thanks for the chance to win some great thread too!

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  53. I would love to win some Aurifil! I also need to make some of those pouches. I do love the tabbed zippers.

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  54. I really want to give this thread a try. Thanks for the chance.

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  55. I am new to quilting and keep hearing about auriful thread. I need to try it. Hope I win and thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I've never heard of Zakka before; I will have to go check it out!
    These pouches are very cute! I will have to try one. Zippers are usually the last thing I want to do on any project; my centered zippers are ALWAYS ugly, but invisible zippers make me much happier.
    Thanks for a chance to win thread!

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  57. Love your pouches, and thanks for the heads up about the enlargement. I keep hearing about Aurifil thread but don't even know of a store near me that carries it. Guess I need to ask some local quilty friends.

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  58. I love the pouches :) I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win some Aurifil thread!! Thanks for the chance

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  59. Cute puches, and you're right about the zipper tutorial, thanks!
    I've been intrigued by the Aurifil thread appeal. I think it's time to try it, and I'd love to win some to experiment with!

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  60. Pretty pouches. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. I think both versions of your hexie pouch are darling!

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  62. Thank you for your very helpful tips ,especially about the enlargements . Love that you showed your "mistakes " as well , as we are all visual people here ......so now we will remember the tips when we make our own .lol ! Thanks for the chance to win .

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  63. What a cute mistake. You little pouches look great.

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  64. Your bags are fun! I have my hexies made so far. Can't wait to use your tutorial to make the bag!

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  65. I really like how the zipper ends are made. The website that you mentioned wont let me copy and paste. Oh well. Is there another place where I can do this?
    This thread is pretty
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  66. I love your little pouches, especially the ones with the bigger hexagons. I also like the way you put in your zipper and I am going to try this the next time I have to put in one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. Love the suggestion for the zipper ends. I too love Aurifil thread. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  70. Thanks for your tips!
    Beautiful pouch! ^^

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  71. Even the larger hexagons finished up looking pretty. Thanks for the tips.

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  72. Adorable. I have been addicted to making pouches lately! So cute

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  73. i love aurifil! and your pouches looks great.

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  74. Your pouches are SOOOOOO cute! Absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for thinking of us...I would love to win some Aurifil!

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  75. Very pretty pouch...I love your fabric combination bright and modern.

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  76. Actually, I like the "mistake" pouches just as much as the "real" one.

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  77. I love your pouches! I can't wait to get a chance to make my own--I have been wanting to learn the hexies for awhile now!

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  78. Great pouches! I have a zillion hexagons made right now for paper piecing a quilt and now want to use some on a pouch for me, me, me! My fingers are crossed that I win!

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  79. Great tips for this project. And I love the lining fabric. Looks like I'll be doing some Spoonflower shopping before work today...

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  80. Love the pouches - and I really like the oversized hexies! I haven't tried Aurifil yet, but I'd love to!

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  81. perhaps this is the week that I will be on track for completing the zakka project *on time*. (well, at least I can dream...) thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil; I've been reading so many positive things about it but haven't found it anywhere nearby.

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  82. I like the big hexagons. I'm a little hexagon crazy lately...making dozens and dozens of them. Haven't tried the Aurifil thread yet. Only heard good things.

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  83. Gah, even with tabs my zips look terrible. Since dabbling and failing, I have since learnt the whole zip-shorter-than-pouch thing. Am yet to try again, but it totally makes sense to me!

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  84. I haven't tried aura fill yet but would love to! Thanks for the chance!

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  85. Cute pouches :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  86. Love your pouches! That fabric is adorable :) Thanks for the chance.

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  87. Cute pouches! Thanks for the Aurifil giveaway!

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  88. Love your pouches! Recently discovered aurifil-love it!

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  89. thanks for a chance to win some Aurifil tread! I have never used it and would love to give it a whirl!

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  90. Everyone is talking about aurifil thread lately, and I've never seen it in person. I feel like it is a mythical creation. Do unicorns deliver it?

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm going on vacation next week & believe it or not I was planning to make some pouches for the in-laws we will see along the way. I appreciate the tips on the bags.

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  92. Thanks for the tips on this pouch - I was just going to get started on this project as a birthday present for a friend. Lucky me to find this post just in time!

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  93. I love Aurifil thread! So much so it has even featured in a dream where I was comparing the weighs of them! LOL Please count me in :o)

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  94. i've never used Aurifil! love the pouches!

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  95. Your hexagon pouch is gorgeous! I've really enjoyed following the Zakka sew along, lots of amazing & inspiring projects.

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  96. I've fallen in love with aurifil too. All the different weights they do, great.

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  97. Those pouches are so cute. I like the oversized hexies just as well on them as the regular sized ones.

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  98. Awesome pouches - even the 'wrong' ones look fab!

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  99. Love those Zakka pouches! Had you not pointed it out, I would never have guessed that the ones with the large hexies were "wrong". They're pretty no matter what!

    Mmmm... Aurifil thread is just so yummy. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  100. I love your blog! Thank you for an easy to follow 'head's up' instructions.

    I'd love to try some new thread. My machine and I had a minor war in the beginning - ;-), but we called a truce, and now I am stuck using one type of thread. Having no confidence to try another.

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  101. I love your blog! Thank you for an easy to follow 'head's up' instructions.

    I'd love to try some new thread. My machine and I had a minor war in the beginning - ;-), but we called a truce, and now I am stuck using one type of thread. Having no confidence to try another.

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  102. Thanks for pointing me to the zipper tutorial for Kelbysews...I followed it and my pouch looks nice. Thanks for the tips!

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  103. thanks so much for the tips. I will try that zipper method- it looks great. I love the fabric you chose for the lining.

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