This summer we visited some very special friends. At lunch one day, I pulled all my pouches
from my purse to show them. I offered to make the wife a custom pouch of her choice. She chose
the 200x260 mm Dog Leash Pouch
. She said she would like to wear the pouch as a belt pack.
I had already digitized a taller pouch, made in the 200x360 pouch. I had also already digitized side
pieces for attaching a belt. I hadn't gotten around to making a sample yet, but it was in the works.
The other thing my friend asked for was a paisley fill pattern. That was not something I already had
but I was able to create the fill motif within a few days of being asked.
Here is a picture of the belt pack I made for my friend. As requested, I stitched her initials in
black rather than a contrasting color.
I made a smaller paisley pouch for my mother. She wanted only one zipper and she wanted her
name in the same thread as the paisley fill. I will talk more about these pouches in a later blog.
Mom and my friend were both very pleased with their pouches. I was pleased with my new fill
pattern and wanted to play with it some more. I decided to try using it in a medallion swirl design.
Here is the result, stitched on a Fancy Shoulder Purse
made with loops but no strap. This design
fits in the 150 x 150 mm hoop.
Next I wanted to stitch the paisley design in the 200 x 200 mm size. I dislike making "only"
samples so brainstormed about what I could make big enough for the design I wanted to stitch.
I decided to make a padded pouch for my Wacom graphics tablet. I stitched the paisley swirl with
Superior Rainbows #821. This picture shows my tablet in the pouch, but my laptop computer can
fit in the pouch instead. I'll talk more about the pouch a little later in this blog.
My original Medallion Swirls
use the multi-wave fill included in my embroidery software. The
paisley swirl gave me ideas for other swirls with recognizable subjects and fills. I created a swirl
with American flags and another with stars. In Superior Rainbows #823 red, white, and blue thread,
they look very patriotic. With the gingham motif fill I plan to use soon on a belt pack, I created a
heart swirl. I made a puppy swirl, and then a kitty. When a member of my internet embroidery group
saw the animal swirls, she asked for a horsey swirl. I was able to oblige. Here is a picture of all the
new Fancy Medallion Swirls on Mug Rugs
The swirls are available individually
, as a complete set
, and in sets that include either all seven
swirls for a single hoop size
or a single swirl in all four hoop sizes
. The swirls fit in the 100 x 100 mm,
120 x 120 mm, 150 x 150 mm, and 200 x 200 mm hoops. Click the link at the end of this blog to
download a list of all the swirls, along with their stitch counts and dimensions. Each design has a single
color. I highly recommend variegated threads for these swirls, especially Superior Rainbows threads.
Their 1" color change interval gives a lovely all-over color variation.
Now, back to the pouches. I created a variety of Envelope Pouch sizes.
The large star swirl pouch is for my mother, and was made to fit her internet tablet. The small star
swirl pouch fits a mirror and make-up brushes. I keep my external CD drive in the kitty swirl pouch.
As you can see, I added a cord wrap to the inside of the flap so I don't lose my power cord. When the
flap is folded closed, the power cord sits in the extra space above the CD drive. The pouch with theV Swirl
design is for a very good friend's iPad.
This Envelope Pouch is very easy to make, requiring only six lines of stitching and two rectangles
for Velcro®. For large pouches, I stitch the embroidery design on the pouch front. For small pouches,
I make a larger flap and stitch the design on the flap instead. No hand sewing is required: turn the
pouch right side out through a gap in the seam at the top of the flap, top stitch the opening, and then
stitch Velcro® in place. The only difference in construction between the two variations is where to stitch
the Velcro® on the pouch front. The instructions explain how to draft patterns for both pouch variations.
A handy chart shows the dimensions of the pouches shown here. I include the dimensions of the
contents for these sizes, as well. (If you have a device in any of these sizes, then I have done the work
for you.) The optional cord wrap is also very easy to make and attach. Be sure to attach it to the lining
before constructing the pouch.Guide_to_Fancy_Medallion_Swirls.pdf (472.9KB)Envelope_Pouches.pdf (5.3MB)