Friday, April 21, 2017

noodlehead pencil pouch

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

A few weeks ago, my friend, Anna, generously shared a tutorial for her canvas pencil pouches(available here) and I've been wanting to make some ever since. Actually, she showed the pouches on her blog before that, and I have wanted to make them since then, so it's been awhile! She has such a great style and aesthetic.... it's hard to not want to copy everything she makes. Her work is so inspiring!
I finally took the time to make a pouch yesterday, and I absolutely love it! It was a super fun project! (Incidentally, I used scraps that she gave me to make the pouch. So, double thanks to you, Anna!)
I love the color blocking on the pouch! So many possibilities!
I used zipper tabs to shorten a zipper that I had on hand, which seemed to work out pretty well. I have plans to make many more of these cute little pouches. The next one will probably be full on scrappy. (What a surprise!) I plan to use this one for transporting my rotary cutter and other sharp tools. That is, if one of my kids doesn't take it and claim it for their own. That HAS been know to happen....
This is kind of a silly project, but it will make me laugh for months to come. Awhile back, while I was shopping at SR Harris with my friend, Brianne, we came across this meat fabric by Dear Stella. It's kind of funny (and extremely weird!), so we decided that we needed to purchase some. I offered to turn the fabric into napkins, so we will each have a matching set of 4. They will be perfect for BBQ season!
And.... since no week is complete without the making of a pincushion, I spent some time playing with my tiny triangle scraps and made this cute little thing. (The pattern is in Plenty of Pincushions, Volume 1, which is available here.) I may make a whole series of these, one in each color....I have plenty of tiny triangles ready to go!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention! Next week I will be kicking off a blog tour to celebrate the release of my new book, No Scrap Left Behind. There will be chances to win a copy of the book each day of the tour. I'm excited to officially celebrate the release of the book and show more of what is inside. I hope you will join me.

That's it for me! I hope you have had a good week of finishing! Please link up, and have a great weekend!

18 comments:

Denise Russell said...

Amanda, love the pouch and the pincushion. How many pincushions on your collection right now? You are the Pincushion Queen bar none!!!

Jill Fisher said...

Oh my gosh! The napkins!!! Makes me want to fire up the grill. So fun!

Melissa Corry said...

I love that you do so many fun little projects. It really inspires me to make some more of those finishes :) And those BBQ Napkins are awesome!!!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh my goodness, that fabric is hilarious and perfect as napkins!

Paige said...

You are right about the pouch, cute! And napkins too! Thanks for the awesome link party!

PegP said...


Cute pouch! I have that meat fabric too! I was thinking an apron, but hmm, maybe now some napkins - great idea!

Laura said...

I thought you'd misspelled "neat" fabric until I realized, no, it's actually "meat" fabric! LOL. Guess I need more coffee.

Astrid said...

Wauw that pouch is so cute! I always wanted to make something like that! :)

a maidenhair fern said...

Boy, you are so fast! You must be super organized/efficient, never have to pick anything out, and not be ADD. Cuz I'm amazed at how you can finish stuff. I love your paper piecing project. Thanks for sharing.

Kitty | Night Quilter said...

Congratulations on your new book, and what a productive week you had! That meat fabric is hilarious! Certainly a perfect conversation starter at any picnic!

MyLittleBlueDog said...

Such a lovely pincushion!

Cathy Tomm said...

Love the meat fabric, perfect for BBQ session!

Quilter Kathy said...

SO excited about a blog tour coming up to celebrate your wonderful new book!
I will join you and will make a blog post of my own :)

Karen said...

Lovin' everything--but MEAT napkins!! Genius!

dispack said...

GOOD NEWS: a pincushion, a pouch, fun fabric and a book! what more could us readers want!? :)

Chez Vies said...

I bought your new book from Amazon India and I love it to bits!! The tips about sorting out the scraps is really cool. Looking forward for the blog tour

Stephanie said...

Love the pouch! I've made the Road Trip Case and ever since have had a long list of Anna Graham projects on my to-do list.

Anna said...

it's way cute Amanda. Love it. :)