Bags & Purses & Accessories Milk Money Pouch

Back to School Zipper Pouch

{S is for Sewing e-book, featuring the Milk Money Pouch}

I’m back with another goodie from the Sewing With Boys latest e-book.  This is a zippered pouch perfect for those boys to carry their milk money to school.  Or it could be used to carry notes for the teachers, or little erasers, or a pencil sharpener, or a bike lock key — so many options.  And you know how much the kids like a little pouch to carry their specials.  The pouch is sized 3″ by 4″, but can be made in any size really.  And is a super quick sew!  So quick, I timed myself making 5 pouches for all the little guys. Milk Money Pouch

The S is for Sewing e-book is available now HERE.  It features 4 full patterns (see the Quad T-Shirts for my little cousin HERE), plus plenty of extras.  One of the extras is the Milk Money Pouch.  It is a fully lined zippered pouch with options to customize with coordinating ribbons, bias, and multiple fabrics.  I followed the pattern instructions exactly and found them to be easy to follow such that I completed 5 pouches (except for stitching closed the inside bottom, because I forgot about that step) in less than 2 hours.

Working with a variety of fabrics sources, including my scrap drawer, a charm pack, and my overflowing stash closet, I selected coordinating fabrics for the 5 pouches. Milk Money Pouch

Milk Money Pouch #1 is from a charm pack that hasn’t made it to a quilt yet.  The zipper matched perfectly – it was meant to be.  While the charm pack size is larger than the pattern specified, it still worked just fine.  As long as you cut the 2 outside pieces and the 2 inside pieces the same size, you can make any size pouch following the pattern instructions. Milk Money Pouch

Next is a Milk Money Pouch is in scraps from my little cousin’s romper made last year.  Those cute frogs, monkeys, and puppies are adorable.  This little zippered pouch will be sent to him. Milk Money Pouch

It’s a Milk Money Pouch.  Or to my son, it’s a lunch money pouch to carry the check that we still write to fill his account for the lunch line.  He is going to be in the 5th grade.  Nothing says 5th grade boy better than chicken wings and Ritz crackers.  So this is his zippered pouch. Milk Money Pouch

The Milk Money Pouch pattern is from the creative team at Sewing With Boys, so I wanted to keep with the boy theme.  That means the next Milk Money Pouch is baseball! Milk Money Pouch

Taking clues from the Back to School e-book, I present the 5th Milk Money Pouch in  science fabrics inspired by a bright kid at the dance studio who likes all things science. Milk Money Pouch

Now… I am ready to cut the pieces for the pouches.  I completed in 31 minutes!  Yes, 5 zippered pouches cut in 31 minutes – including having to move the cat at least 3x off the fabric. Milk Money Pouch Milk Money Pouch Milk Money Pouch

For me, the most time consuming step making a zippered pouch (or a zippered anything for that matter) is installing the zipper.  My “Make It Easy” trick for installing a zipper is Wonder Tape.  I used to keep an emergency pacifier hidden in the cabinet when my kiddos were babies… now I keep an emergency roll of Wonder Tape.  I don’t ever want to run out of this stuff.  It makes sewing a zipper easy!!! Milk Money Pouch Milk Money Pouch

And to personalize the zippered pouches, I added my From-a-Box label to the lining fabric before assembling the edges. Milk Money Pouch

So, how long did it take my to sew all 5 Milk Money Pouches??? Milk Money Pouch

In total, 2 hours of work for 5 cute and gift’able zippered pouches.  I think that is pretty good especially when you look at the results!!!  It’s a great pattern, and definitely a pattern that will be used again.  I have 5 girls that each want a zippered pouch too. Milk Money Pouch

To see more about Sewing With Boys e-book called “S is for Sewing” and to see other items made from the patterns, visit the SWB site HERE.

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It’s the Soho Tote from Around the Bobbin.  This bag has it all… stylish shape + fully lined interior + just right sized handles + magnetic closure + sturdy pleated bottom + inside zippered pocket & inside divided pockets + shows off awesome fabric combinations!’

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Pattern Parcel #7 is HERE… the Barcelona Bag

This is my first participation in the Pattern Parcel, and WOW did I luck-out on a great one!  It’s all BAGS!!!  It’s 5 unique bags pattern from classic to trendy and all super functional… plus, a bonus pattern for some extra sewing.

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Day of the Dead… I know what you’re thinking, “oh such awesome colorful fabric!”… that’s exactly what I think every time I visit a fabric store this time of year.  I LOVE the novelty fabric to celebrate Day of the Dead.  The bright colors, the thrilling imaginary, and the slight haunting of it.  I wondered if I would ever dare use the fabric – especially since I didn’t even know what Day of the Dead was/is or even if I could/should ‘bing’ it from my home computer. 
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A Zip & Clip Bag for Fall

It’s a perfect sized bag ready for fall here in the Pacific Northwest!

Lisa at Around The Bobbin has designed a nice size bag good for on-the-go ladies.  It has all kinds of pockets and zippers and credit card holders packed into a carry all on swivel clips.  You can wear it as a cross-body bag or take the strap off and attach it to belt loops, or a stroller, or another bag.

This is my first real-true sophisticated bag – meaning more than a rectangle sack with handles.  This one has hardware!  it has zippered pockets, magnetic snaps, swivel hooks and rings, AND a slider (that means the strap is adjustable)… I am so happy with this bag!