Pattern Review: Sweetpea Pods

Note: As always, I received NO compensation of any type for this review.

One of the many things I enjoy about attending a quilt show is the opportunity to visit the vendors. Since my nearest “local” quilt shop is about an hour away, I often see things online long before I get to examine them in person. Occasionally I do buy online, but there’s no substitute for looking something over personally before buying.

Pattern review Sweetpea PodsAt the Vermont Quilt Festival, I came across this pattern that I had been considering online because it looked so darn cute.  I talked to the vendor about it to be sure it included instructions for doing that tricky thing with the zipper and learned that it did. She also had the extra zipper pulls that are useful for this design, so I bought the pattern and the zipper pulls.

And here we go:Pods3

This pattern has VERY clear instructions.  I read a fair number of patterns (and write my own), and this is one of the best-written patterns I have seen.

The little pods are easy to make, even with taking time to learn the zipper trick.  The zipper trick actually is easy, and instructions for that are very clear as well.  The pattern is set up so that you get two pods out of each set of instructions, so I cut them out with coordinated fabrics–outside fabric for one pouch was the lining for its mate!  What fun!Sweetpea Pods pattern review

This is so fast and fun that I made several of them.  The instructions say to zig-zag finish the inside seams, but I used my serger for that, so it was even faster!

This was a great break from a rather tedious project I’ve been working on.  I’m giving these to our daughter to use as teacher gifts, but I foresee another round of them for Christmas gifts coming right up!Sweetpea Pod pattern review

You can order the pattern at several places online, or go right to the source at the Lazy Girl Designs website.

A Cute Fat Quarter Project

I subscribe to lots of blogs, and this little project caught my eye on a blog called Noodlehead, by Anna Graham.  She has an excellent tutorial on how to make these zippered pouches in several sizes.  She also has tutorials for more complicated bags.  I KNOW, I just went on a bag-making kick with that gift wrap book, but these really are easy and fun!chevron-both

The bags here each used 2 fat quarters (FQs) from my stash, and I think I’ll make a few more to go with them!.  I also got to use some of my (OOPS, very large) stash of beads to make little zipper pulls to fancy them up. That was fun.

Here are a few more pics of the bags:zippered pouchZippered pouchChevron-bag-3So, go check out the Noodlehead blog–lots to see!