Thursday, May 5, 2011

teacher pouches

pouches
"More?" you ask. To tell you the truth, zippered pouches have been my last minute go-to-gift bag for some time... but seeing that they are often made spur of the moment with the clock ticking, not many of them get photographed.  I made this lot one morning last week in the midst of the yarn pouch sewing and remembered my camera! These are smaller and just right for holding a gift card to a local cafe or some child made mini art... a little appreciation for four teachers we love dearly and are so grateful for. Each fabric choice was very intentionally chosen for the receiver... from a math teacher to a hedgehog lover we had them covered. All linings and zippers were from salvaged origins.
burlap
hedgie
green
bird pouch
 The reality is, I love the satisfaction of small projects... throw in the fun of fabric shopping on my studio shelves and the instant utility of a zippered bag, and you have my favorite way to unwind at the end of the night. As this is some of the only sewing I can show off these days... don't be surprised if you see more of them. Pin It

25 comments:

  1. Tres cute Maya!
    As a teacher I can say that I am sure they will be loved.

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  2. sewing zipper pouches for teachers gifts in a great idea !

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  3. These are lovely -- and making a nice pouch for a gift card is a lovely mix of useful!

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  4. Flippin Lucky teachers I shout!!! They are amazing and I love how you have chosen special fabrics, even the insides are gorgeous! I particularly like the hessian pouch as I remember a hessian bag I had at school only a decade or 3 ago! lol! You are so clever xxx

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  5. Great gifts... I've been using/altering the pattern in 101 Patchwork Projects for some cute ones of my own... I'll put them on my blog today!

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  6. Such an imaginative idea Maya - like much of the stuff you create. You are an inspirational and natural creative.

    Thank you for sharing as always.

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  7. Those are perfect! I love this idea. I haven't tackled learning how to sew in zippers just yet, but that looks like a great project to start with.

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  8. These are adorable and I love that you used salvaged fabric for the lining! I bet they make the perfect little sewing project to top off the day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

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  9. You don't happen to have a tutorial on how to make these, do you? I'm a newbie-sewer, so I can use all the help I can get! :)

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  10. These are all really cute. Who doesn't need another zippered bag? I like me some quickie projects too.

    Jody

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  11. So awesome! love love love them !

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  12. I love your little pouches. I love that the fabric and zippers are salvaged. This is the kind of gift I would love to receive as an educator.
    Sophie

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  13. I like the satisfaction of a small project as well.

    Let me tell you- when I taught school, I would have LOVED getting one of these! Let me tell you what I didn't love- getting an XL t-shirt (I'm a smallish person) that said "teaching is a work of heart". The blackboards and apples on it really took the cake!

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  14. Keep them coming, I think they're great!

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  15. You are inspiring me to try my first zippered pouch. Love the hedgehog fabric.

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  16. Dear Maya
    I am again inspired by you, although I need a bit more explanation on how to make these.
    The hedgehog fabric is soooo cute!
    A big hug from Belgium
    Vera

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  17. I'm a teacher - if I were given these as a gift I'd be so chuffed! They're lovely! :)

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  18. LOVELY!!! And I too love small projects.. you get the satisfaction of accomplishment with way less steps to possibly screw up and probably way less time taken to make whatever the item is.. hehe

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  19. I love zipper pouches too! I'm intrigued by your reclaimed zippers! Where do you usually harvest them from?

    Lovely work as always!

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  20. Lovely your works..

    Greetings.
    From Saga, Japan.
    ruma

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  21. These are genius. There are lots of zipper pouches out there in blog-land, and lots of tutorials, but I always love your "eye" for design best of all. Did you have any trouble with the zippers?

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  22. elaine- I'm working on a roundup of zipper pouches... there are lots of good ones out there.

    Laura- I have gotten zippers in various places. my biggest score was a ziplock bag full to the brim at flea market, but I've gotten them at garage sales, too. Often they are vintage, but unused and still in the package. I even bought a few vintage ones on Etsy recently. Lots places to harvest them, really.

    Thanks everyone! I was really surprised by how taken you all were with them.

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  23. Thanks Maya! I imagined you were cutting zippers out of things and re-using them. Unused ones make more sense!

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  24. Thanks Maya, linked to your inspiration - loved the idea, though I didn't have any zippers to reuse!

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