Pleated Pockets

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I’ve been spending much of my time lately working on two new families to submit to Robert Kaufman Fabrics, but I took a much-needed break today for a bit of sewing.

Now, I know that there are much wiser souls out there would never dream of purchasing fabric without a specific project in mind (or at least admit to it), but that is not the way we roll here, principally because I am not that organized. Besides, sometimes you just fall in love with a fabric, or a fabric/special-person-in-your-life-combination.

This is why I frequently find myself in a GREAT SEWING QUANDARY. (Which, incidentally, I didn’t know how to spell before writing this entry.) The quandary is that I think up the “perfect project” for the fabric that I have purchased, only to find that I don’t actually have enough fabric to complete it. What is a girl to do?

Such is the case today. I fell in love with this combination of batiks when we were traveling about a month ago because it reminds me of a friend of ours who always dresses in springtime colors. (We will code name this lady “Batgirl” because it is our nine-year-old’s idea and I am a big fan of his ideas.)

Later, it occurred to me that I really should make a bag out of the fabrics because Batgirl loves the bags that I’ve made in the past. But then I realized that I don’t really have enough of the salmon print to create the pockets, nor do I have enough of any one print to make the straps.

I have now determined that contrasting straps would only enhance the design.

As to the pockets… I added another print into the mix and sewed strip sets of that print, alternating with the salmon.

I love how the modern rings contrasts with the batiks! Then I pressed them into pleats and basted the edges, so that just a bit of the more dominant teal print shows through.

I sewed them to the backside of the pocket, with a strip of light teal batik in between for trim, folded it and half and now we have fancy, pleated pockets!

I think Batgirl will like the fancy pockets even more than the regular pockets, don’t you?

Here is the bag, sans pockets, lining, and straps, ready for quilting. If this looks like a project that might interested you, stay tuned. I should have it posted as a free project next month.

Speaking of free projects, I create these for the enjoyment of the crafting and sewing community at large. I’ve met so many great teachers and fellow sewers over the years and feel that this is a way I can pass on a little of the joy that they have given me. I’ve had a couple of inquiries over recent weeks regarding the feasibility of a) distributing my free patterns or b) selling projects created from them, particularly Twirly Skirt and Springtime Coasters. Please feel free to make copies of any of these free patterns for your friends and, yes, I’d be thrilled if you loved them enough to use them for a guild project, but please do NOT sell the patterns or items made using the patterns for monetary gain. This would not be in the spirit in which I have created these patterns.

Thanks everyone, and have a great week!

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