Open Wide!

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Have you seen the tutorial for these great open wide pouches on Anna’s blog, Noodlehead?

Open wide pouches

Last year for Sewing Summit I had cut the fabric I used here for the grey pouch, for another zippered pouch to match my improve tote. But I never made the pouch. So when I came across it in my sewing cabinet recently, I decided to give the open wide pouch tutorial a try. It’s such a quick project, but I will admit I did get hung up a little trying to keep the end of the zipper out of the way while sewing. It’s not quite as easy as it looks, but with a little seam ripping and trying again it is definitely achievable.

Open wide inside

I’m not sure what has gotten into me, but I’ve been taking some of my smaller scraps and just sewing them up into big old patchwork pieces, which I then decided would be great as a pouch for the pouch swap at this year’s Sewing Summit (next week! ahhh!). I love how it came out. So much so that I almost made a different pouch for the swap. Instead, I sewed up more scraps into patchwork for an iPad case. Yeah, we’ll see if I ever get there.

Open wide scrappy

I gave the grey bag to Alexis, and she is using it for her grip bag for gymnastics. It’s the perfect size for that and so easy for her to grab fast. (And trust me, she really needs the help being speedy… hehe.)

Open wide with Grips

So tell me, are you going to Sewing Summit? Did you make a pouch for the swap? And even if you aren’t or you didn’t, will you try out the open wide pouch tutorial? Or what is your favorite pouch? (And on that note, I’ll quit blabbering…)

Open wide zips


2 Responses to “Open Wide!”

  1. Debbie on October 5th, 2012 10:37 am

    This is really darling! And yes, I WILL try it one of these days. Of course my fav pouch is my own Triple-Zip (, though I try a variety of patterns I see on blogs & Pinterest etc.

  2. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy on October 16th, 2012 10:17 am

    You have a talent for piecing together all of that scrap fabric – love your open wide pouches! All of the travel handmade bags had me seriously drooling. These are fantastic! So happy I got to meet you!

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