I finished today's project last weekend and have been dying to share it with you all week! My sweet friend Caroline (who writes the incredibly popular Sew Can She blog) has just filmed her first Craftsy class, Colorful Patchwork Bags & Baskets, and asked me to be a part of her blog tour. She sent me a free code for the class and a package full of interfacing so that I was all set to try it out.
I've taken several online classes over the past few years on everything from sewing to knitting to illustrating. I can say in all honesty that this class was completely worth my time. Even though I'm a veteran bag maker, I still picked up a few new tips from Caroline. The techniques she shares for making these projects are simple yet so clever. My original plan was to make one of the baskets, but when I saw her zipper pouches, I fell completely in love.
I just adore the patchwork pockets on these pouches -- so unique! Caroline uses gridded interfacing by Pellon to make perfectly nested seams, and I'm sorely tempted to use this technique on other projects as well. If you don't have the Pellon product on hand, she also shows you how to create your own version of it with regular interfacing, a pencil, and a ruler. There should actually be pockets on both sides of my pouch, but sadly I trimmed my other patchwork panel the wrong way while trying to listen to another class and use my rotary cutter at the same time. (Tip of the day: do NOT be like me.) I'm already cutting out pieces for a second pouch. Wouldn't these make wonderful gifts? Just tuck in some goodies or a gift card, and you're good to go!
Caroline is offering a discount code to all my readers for 50% off the class cost. Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, I really think there's something in here for you to enjoy. Please do check it out!
Also be sure to drop by the other stops on the Colorful Patchwork Bags & Baskets Tour -- all listed in the links below. You'll find even more information on Caroline's blog. Enjoy!