Friday, March 25, 2016

Up, Up & Away Passport Wallets and Fine & Dandy Pouch by Moments by Liz

Up, Up & Away Passport Wallet
Fine & Dandy Pouch
I recently was delighted to be able to test for an internet sewing friend with lots of  experience, who just began drafting her own patterns for sale and what a treat they are! First up are the two versions of the Up, Up and Away Passport Wallet that are perfect for keeping all your travel documents organized and handy while traveling. The pattern comes with two versions -- one is the Family version that holds four passports, boarding passes and even room for luggage tags; and the second is the Double-Up version that is perfect for a couple holding two passports and boarding passes, a zip pocket and two slots for cash and your cell phone. The downloadable PDF pattern is available on Craftsy and you can get yours here.

The pattern is very well done with lots of photographs and clear directions to guide you. It is a fairly quick sew and can be done in just a few hours. The directions are written for faux leather but cotton can be easily substituted as you will see in my Double-Up version further down in this post. 

Front of family passport closed

I used a fun faux suede for the exterior of my family passport version with a cotton-poly blend lining.

Interior being held upright to more easily see all the slip pockets
Interior open flat
Exterior open flat
Next up is my Double-Up couples version done in cottons. 
Exterior opened flat
Interior opened flat
Interior being held up to show the zip and slip pockets
Interior with paper placeholders to make it easier to see all the pockets
Both versions fold closed to a neat 5" wide  x 8" high and are 14" wide x 8" high when opened flat. This is a very flat wallet so it is easy to slide into the side of your carry-on bag, purse or jacket pocket when traveling. You can use either hook and loop tape or snaps as your closure. I used snaps in the Family version and hook and loop tape in the Double-Up version. 

They are quick to make and so practical for anyone who travels. Make them feminine or masculine for your self and friends and make a few to sell.
Fine & Dandy Pouch
Front exterior of Fine and Dandy Pouch designed by Moments by Liz
Next up is another pattern from Liz Schaffner of Moments by Liz called the Fine and Dandy Pouch and what a wonderful multipurpose pouch filled with lots of pockets. 

Note the cool faux piping that frames the center. This is a great technique that Liz explains very clearly and lays out the steps to make it super easy. I added the embroidery.

Interior looking straight down to show all 16 pockets

Interior filled with sewing notions to show just how well-organized and roomy this pouch is
I made the large size for my test pouch above, but plan to make more of both sizes.

The pattern includes two sizes: Large 8.8" high x 13.5" wide x 5" deep with 16 pockets and  Small  7" high x 11.5" wide x 4" deep with 8 pockets. It has directions for faux leather and cottons. I made mine with a light weight denim exterior and a cotton-poly blend interior. Several were made in faux leathers with masculine interior fabrics for men. 

The options and uses for this pouch are endless, make yours for men or women, for cosmetics or crafts, make at least one for yourself and make a bunch for gifts or to sell. It is really quite easy to sew with Liz's clear directions and photos. Even the pleated pockets are not difficult, they just require an bit of careful measuring and marking.

The Fine and Dandy Pouch Pattern can be found here. Watch for future patterns from this fine new designer. She is and has been a very gifted bag maker for a while with an incredible sense of humor.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chloe's Court by ChrisW Designs

Front of Chloe's Court clutch by ChrisW Designs
The last few months have been super busy and my blog has been left in the dust. Well, time to dust everything off and show you the first of several wonderful bags I have made. This is a new clutch design that is part of  ChrisW Designs Easy Street Bags that I got to test. What a fun project!

Chloe's Court is quick to make and can be done in a day (unless you audition your whole stash, as I have a tendency to do, thus taking days to choose fabric). I chose to use a charcoal linen and a silver cotton for my test version. It finishes to about 11" wide  x 6 3/4" high in a sleek flat style. It offers two flap options and has 4 card slots and slip pocket in the main zippered compartment, another exterior slip pocket that secures with a magnetic snap that can hold an iPhone 6 Plus or other larger phone. There are also directions for adding an optional chain strap. I set mine up so that the strap can be added but have not gotten a chain yet. You can get your own pattern by clicking here.

Chloe's Court by ChrisW Designs with flap up showing zipper pocket and exterior slip pocket
You can see the tiny d-rings set up for an optional strap in the photo above. This clutch can easily be dressed up of down depending on your choice of fabrics. You can see other versions done by myself and other testers by clicking here and scrolling down.

 Holding zipper pocket open so you can see the card pockets with a slip pocket behind them
I love the handy and secure zipper pocket under the flap that can hold credit and i.d. cards and still room for the basic necessities for an evening on the town. You can also see the top of the exterior slip pocket that closes with a magnetic snap. The photo below shows this slip pocket open.

Exterior slip pocket for large phone and a few extra items
The directions for this lovely clutch are super clear and easy to follow.There are lots of photos to guide your every step. Get your own downloadable PDF pattern today here.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!