Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sweetpea Pods & Sit & Stitch

Last winter I bought a couple of patterns to make some small projects. I finally got around to them this week.






First I made the Sit & Stitch Pincushion. I've had my eye on this fabric at Pumpkinvine ever since they got it into the store. 

The patterns calls for fat quarters, but I bought yardage. The pink binding was leftover from another project. I whipped up the yellow binding, it make a nice contrast.


You don't need to use bias binding for edging on the pockets. I had the blue left over from another project.

You are supposed to sew in the center of both sides to make more pockets, but I only sewed on 1 side. I wanted some longer pockets. In the center is a long pincushion filled with walnut hulls. 

Updated 6/12, 7 pm - I made some modifications in the pattern. The pattern calls for only 1 pocket on each side. I cut the first pocket 5 1/2" and added a 2nd pocket which I cut at 3 1/2". Also the patterns calls for fusible fleece. I stuck leftover cotton batting to the fabric with Elmer's school glue stick. 

One of the kits is for me and the others will be gifts. 


You get 2 Sweetpea Pods from 1 10" square. I made 14 pods. Four of the pods will be used as Christmas presents (filled with little treats) for the granddaughters at Christmas time. The rest of the pods will be given as small gifts here and there. I just like having items like this on hand so they are ready to go when the occasion arises.

These little bags were fun to make and sewed up quickly.

Update - This pattern also called for fusible fleece. Again I used leftover batting attached with Elmer's school glue stick.
Another Update - Here is more information about the bags from the Lazy Girl Designs website.


I prepped the last 7 applique blocks for Sweet Surrender. I'm in the home stretch! The rest of June is going to be very busy for me so I don't know how much sewing I'll accomplish. Hand applique will definitely be happening in my down time though. 

Linking to - Kathy's Slow Sunday StitchingQuilting is More Fun than Housework, Main  Crush Monday, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh QuiltQuilt StoryEsther's Wednesday WOW!My Quilt Infatuation, A Quilting Reader's GardenCrazy Mom Quilts

24 comments:

Sarah said...

Your projects are lovely, I really like your fabric choices!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Love the hand stitching kits with the pincushions! Very handy for slow Sunday stitching!

Faye said...

Lovely little projects. The pin cushion fabric is fabulous!

Val's Creative Life said...

Yes...great job on all you adorable projects!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are both so adorable, not to mention useful! I'm going to go find those patterns and give them a try!

CathieJ said...

Your projects are beautiful. I really like the pincushion!

Quilter Kathy said...

Lovely gifts! It's hard to believe the Sweet Surrender blocks are coming to an end... I will miss them!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I feel lucky if I get one pouch sewn. You are on a roll! Thanks for sharing these with Oh Scrap!I really like those little pods.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I added some updates to the post about the changes I made to the patterns. It was so much fun to make projects that sewed up so fast.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I have some embroidery that I would like to work on, and several more applique projects too. There are pieced blocks for Sweet Surrender. Once I get the applique blocks and the pieced blocks sewn together, there will be applique for the border.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I like to assembly line sew projects like these kits and pouches. That is the way I mass sew pillowcases too.

stitch quilt knit said...

awww... those sweetpea pods are so cute. I bought that class through craftsy, planning to make them with left over triangles from bendy bags. Trying to find some zippers and zipper pulls. Thanks for the tip about batting and glue :))

Unknown said...

You have been busy!! I love your projects. That applique looks great.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

Those Sweetpea Pods are really cute. They are new to me. I can see why you would want to make several and keep them on hand. Thanks for sharing this Gretchen. I want to make some of those pods now!

Nann said...

What cute projects! Thanks for the tip about batting + glue stick. I like having little gifts on hand, too . . . but now I'm trying to figure out how the pea pod zippers work!

Karen said...

Adorable projects. I have want to make the sweet peas bags but I think they would be difficult to make.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I've added the website for Lazy Girl Designs to my post. You use just 1 side of the zipper and add a pull to it. I used the zippers I bought at the Pumpkinvine Quilt shop in Middlebury, Indiana. (check out their website) I also purchased a box of zipper pulls. You need to make sure the pulls are for the type of zipper you are using. The pulls did NOT work on the zippers from JoAnn fabrics. I was worried about this process but it works! I can vouch for the zippers and pulls from Pumpkinvine.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I made 2 bags initially, then made the last 12 in an assembly line fashion. I made them all in 2 days. I love fast, quick projects like this. Talk about instant gratification. Read the information I wrote about the zippers in the reply comment to Nann.

Deb Chimes said...

Those sweet pea bags are so cute!!

Kate said...

The pin cushions will make great gifts, as will the little bags. Very cute.

Sewmotion said...

Your Sweet Pea bags are sooo cute! and well done for making a start on Christmas.. ;)

em's scrapbag said...

Nice modification to the pin cushion. The pods will make great gifts!

Plum Cox said...

Beautiful sewing! I'm off to look up the pattern for Sweetpea pods!

Angie in SoCal said...

Both cute and useful patterns. Think I'll look into the little bag. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone!