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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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

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

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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.

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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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Quad T-Shirts for a Boy

{S is for Sewing e-book, featuring the Quadrilateral T-shirt}

The seamstresses at Sewing With Boys have released their second e-book that focuses on back to school – which thankfully for me is only a few weeks away.  The complete bundle is 4 full patterns, inspiring articles, and some extra goodies.  And best of all, it’s made for BOYS.  You know, those kids that don’t like the ruffles and bows and cutesy buttons that we like as embellishments on our handmades.  The Sewing With Boys’ speciality is making it fun to sew for our little guys, while making it fun for our little guys to wear what we make.  S is for Sewing is the latest e-book that does just that.  I stitched up 4 shirts for my 2 year old cousin using the Quadilateral T-shirt pattern that is one of 4 patterns available in the e-book bundle.

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The t-shirt PDF pattern comes in sizes XXS-L (2/3-10/12).  It is made in knit fabrics with binding at the neck and the sleeves.  The special feature for our guys is the little pocket right in the front to hold their small treasures.  The casual fit and asymmetrical design works well for the boys.  And while I am here to promote sewing for the boys, this t-shirt would be just as awesome for our girls too!

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Because the t-shirt pattern is called the Quad T, I interpreted that to mean I should stitch up 4 shirts for my little cousin.  So, that is what I did stretching one of my favorite fabric lines to mix and match the prints with solids.  The print fabrics are organic knits from Serengeti by Birch Fabrics.  The elephants, birds, and giraffes are just TOO CUTE!  By mixing the prints and adding the solid knits, I think I still have enough for another project coming soon.

{See my Baby Mitts and Hats project in the Serengeti knit fabric by Birch HERE}

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Also to mix up the 4 t-shirts, I made 2 shirts with sleeve bindings and 2 with hemmed sleeves.  And then 2 shirts with pockets and 2 shirts without pockets.  I wanted each shirt to be unique and show off the Quad Tee pattern at its best.  Which speaking of the pattern… I found the instructions to be well written and simple to follow with drawings, fitting explanations, and printing and assembling instructions.  The pattern suggests upcycling adult t-shirts for the Quad Tee.  I think that would make some great looking shirts for the little guys.

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For all the back to school inspiration (remember, it includes 4 full patterns), the S is for Sewing e-book is available HERE.  And see all of the awesome-ness, as well as share your own creations on the FB group at Sewing With Boys Fan Group.

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