Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Exciting News...and a Cute Zip Pouch

I've been holding out on you. Keeping a secret is tough!

I've been spending all my spare time over the past month sewing, sewing, sewing. But I haven't been able to show you or share across any of my social media. This secret project is a really big one, but you won't see it here on the blog. You'll have to wait until next year and then you'll have to buy it from the news stand! I'll be a featured designer in the Australian magazine Homespun (and don't worry if you are an international reader - you can download an e-version for about $4 from the app store!) and I can't wait!

Never in my life have I been so nervous about a project. I've put in so many hours and I've gone back and forth between excited, nervous, thrilled, daunted, overwhelmed, proud and finally relieved. I've driven my husband mad (look at this, can you look at this, do you like this, what about this?) and I've neglected the housework...and occasionally the kids! My skills aren't as refined as many of the other designers that Homespun features, and there were moments where I felt like I had looked at it for so long all I saw were flaws and I hated it. But when you get an opportunity like this you have to GRAB IT and worry about it later!

It's complete now and it's been sent to Homespun for them to take some amazing photos and put the article together, which I've written. As soon as it's published and available I will be spamming you with all the details, you can be sure of that!

So of course, I haven't been doing much other sewing lately. I do have something to share though, one of my favourites! I use this little pouch all the time.

I made the panels the same way as my Scrappy Zip Pouch tutorial, although this little one is a miniature - it's about half the size. I've used the technique in the Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial to add the zip to this pouch, I love the look of the little tab.

I had lots of scraps left over from this quilt, and I still have lots more so I could make a series of these pouches in all different sizes!

I do plan to make a few of these in some Christmas fabric - I need to get a head start on some teacher gifts so I'm not rushing by the time kindergarten finishes for the year.

Phew, I feel better by revealing what I've been up to behind the scenes here! Looking forward to the time when I'll be able to share more.


  1. Yay! Congratulations on getting published, that is some amazingly awsome news :)
    I am receiving a years subscription of Australian homespun for my birthday so I will be hanging out for the issue you are in :D

  2. Thanks so much Emma! What a great present, I might have to add a Homespun subscription to my Christmas wishlist ;)

  3. Yay! Congratulations! So happy for you and can't wait to see your project.
    BTW: I have bought some zippers and am going to attempt a zippy pouch. There may be tears.

  4. Ros, that is awesome!!! I'm so happy for you and it is sooo deserved! I will definitely be reading it as soon as it comes out. What's next, a book deal perhaps? ;)

  5. Congratulations Ros, I can't wait to see your project. I am so thrilled that you are going to get some amazing publicity to highlight your talent. Well done! Big hugs and I adore the pouch, I want lots of them I can think of a million uses. What an awesome idea for teacher gifts. You need to put some in your etsy store. K x

  6. So excited for you!!! I'll be buying a copy for sure :-)
    Love the colours in this pouch. You have real knack for matching different prints, xo

  7. That's so amazing well done I can't wait o see it in the stand nd get a copy, well done!! Xo

  8. I can't wait to see it! I will have to swap you a Japanese sewing mag for a copy ;)

  9. Congrats! Can't wait to read it :) and see it :) Excited for you :)

  10. Congratulations Ros! I'm so happy for you. You truly deserve every success that comes your way. Can't wait to read all about it.

    Anne xx

  11. Cute pouch. Well done on getting your big project finished!!!

  12. I can't wait to see the finished quilt (although I kinda have had a little sneak peek!!). I'm so excited for you and I know it will be AMAZING!!

    Pouch is ka-ute!! I'm planning on making little bags for teacher gifts too.

  13. That's awesome, Ros!!! Congratulations and can't wait to see the article.

  14. Can't wait to see your name published in a magazine! Congrats again on completing it.

    Love the cute pouches. I really need to get a start on Christmas gifts too!

  15. Congrats Ros! How exciting!! Can't wait to see your awesome project in the magazine. :)

  16. Gorgeous as always. Congrats too! You deserve every molecule of success :D (I was doing fine until you said the dreaded "z"ipper word!)
    Beth P

  17. Congratulations! That's so exciting!
    I'm a teacher and one of the best homemade things (the homemade things are the best!) I've received (the best was a tiny embroidered felt babushka brooch made by a nine year old student - she was amazingly clever with her hands) was a pouch made by a grandparent of a student. It is perfect to keep my nailpolish things in - not too big and not so small that it's useless.

  18. That is VERY exciting news. I'm so rapt for you and I can't wait to see the spread. Well done you :) xoxo


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