I wanted to make something with a bit of interesting detail and incorporate a lovely festive feel.
I started off with the idea for a small star block and used these PDF instructions to make a 6" block. I fussy cut the Santa from a lovely vintage christmas print I found a few years ago. The star points are scraps with christmas related colours and prints. The grey cross hatch fabric is a perfect background and adds a nice bit of texture and interest.
Blurry phone pic but this is the completed block before I added more fabric for the pouch panels.
I framed the block in a variety of polka dot fabrics, including a really pretty one along the top that has gold in it. Love some bling for a christmas project!
Once that was done I stitched up a very basic pouch with a zipper, lining, cotton batting for sturdiness and boxed corners so it could stand up.
I'm trying to add more details to my patchwork and spend more time on projects. I have the skills but not always the time so I'm having to force myself to look at my projects as a long game where I can stitch one step at a time rather than start and finish something in an afternoon. The star blocks are very easy and a great way to use scraps or incorporate fussy cuts into your project.
The swap is going well so far - the funny thing is that there was an even number of participants so I don't have a partner :( I'll still make another one for the inevitable parcel that doesn't arrive. Lots of lovely pictures popping up on the #sweetpouchswap hashtag! Keep them coming!
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