Monday, March 8, 2010
Scrap Happy All-Purpose Pouches
Math and I generally don't exist on the same plane...much to my father's eternal horror and my husband's eternal amusement. I'm normally OK at spacial relations and I can get by at geometry, so long as there are only right angles and I don't have to use any fancy equations but, once again, somewhere along the line, I messed up the measurements for the project I had in mind and had to figure out how to salvage it into something completely new! Hence, this "Scrap Happy All-Purpose Pouch" was born.
I actually like to blame this error on the fact that I am using my Dad's old bulky tape measure to measure any material longer than 12" and that the only straight edge that I own longer that 12" is also my Dad's old three foot metal level. At this point I should also mention that my Dad would be the first to tell me to, "use the proper tool for the proper job", and, as I was the last time I refused to listen to his advice about "measuring twice and cutting once", I am appropriately chagrined to say that I have disregarded his wisdom to my own peril...again.
But!!!, in my own defense, I turned an "ah ooops" into a "Scrap Happy All-Purpose Pouch" that I adore! I have been carrying it in my purse for a week now and love the way that it corals of the the miscellaneous items that normally hide in the crevices and crannies. I haven't had to search for my compact or my chapstick in days. I have plans for more of these pouches and cant wait to play with other color combinations :)
I ended up with a rectangle of fabric that was approx 10" by 12" and this was about 5 " too short for my project (forgot to take into account the length of fabric that had to be folded up on the bottom for the other project) so I folded the bottom up 5" and then sewed up the sides. I then folded the top down about three inches, ironed the seam and sewed on a snap closure. I also decided that I wasn't using some old decorative pillows that were lying around so, instead, I removed the fabric polka dots and sewed them on for a bit of pizzazz :)
Sometimes, the little "misadventures" in life lead to the greatest discoveries!