I think these are the cutest little zipper pouches! I saw this pattern on the Make It & Love It website and had to make one! With the school year ending next week (already?!), I wanted to make a little something special for my son’s 3rd grade teacher. He has really enjoyed this school year and nothing makes a mom happier than when your child really likes their teacher! So, to show her how much I appreciate all she has done for a great year, I decided to make her a monogrammed wristlet! Of course, I also had to make myself one too…and in this wonderful pink floral from the Strawberry Biscuit line by Elea Lutz. The gray print is from the Flower Sugar line from Lecien.
I had such a hard time trying to decide which interfacing to use! Trust me when I say that the interfacing you choose really makes a big difference! I had originally used a mid-weight fusible interfacing paired with some lightweight flannel but didn’t think it had enough structure to hold a phone, keys, and the heavier items you would want to put in the pouch. So I replaced it with fusible fleece instead. This is what the pattern suggested…I should have listened from the get-go! Fortunately, this was just a test phase before I sewed the pieces together so it was easy to undo and change.
I made a few changes to the original pattern. I decided I wanted to add a strap that connects with a split ring so that you can use it as a little wristlet. I have another wristlet I made and I love having something just big enough to put my keys, phone, and a few other items in and being able to hang it on my wrist. So with the same denim fabric that I used for the monogram, I made a sturdy strap. You could also remove the strap and throw it inside a tote bag or purse.
I wanted to have the zipper extend out beyond the pouch so that you can find everything easily. This idea came from making the open wide pouches from a previous post. I think it was a nice addition! I also added 1″ boxed corners to make the wristlet stand and to give a little more room inside. Oh, and I used 1/4″ seam allowance instead of 1/2″ so it made the wristlet a little bigger than the original pattern. You know how I prefer this measurement!
I love this little lace accent trim! It screams girly, which I love! I used Elmer’s washable school glue to hold it on until I could sew it. This glue tip is wonderful…it spreads the finest line of glue. Just don’t forget to iron the fabric/trim to dry the glue before you sew!
Aren’t they just so pretty and fun! Denim, lace, and florals…a pretty combination!
I have another sweet little gift that I will be working on this week for her little girl. I will package both gifts to give on the last day of school. I can’t wait to start working on it this weekend! Be sure to check back to see what I’m making!