Saturday, November 7, 2015

Handmade for the Holidays: Michael Ann Made Pocket Party Pouches

Handmade for the Holidays: Michael Ann Made

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Hello friends of Annie's! I am Michael Ann, from the blog Michael Ann Made, where I share patterns, projects and tutorials to help you quilt, craft and sew a handmade life. 
This Handmade for the Holidays series is totally something I believe in, and I am so excited to be a part of it! Presents just feel like they mean a little bit more when you are able to put a bit of yourself into them. What better way to do that than by making it with your own hands!
Those good intentions, however, can be so easily thwarted by a crafter's greatest enemy - time! There is just never enough time during the holiday season to make an elaborate gift for everyone on your list. Which is where today's project comes in - the Pocket Party Pouch.

The Pocket Party Pouch pattern is one of those projects that checks all the "perfect gift material" boxes - it's versatile, uses materials you already have on hand, and is quick to sew. This pattern is for three different sized quilted snap pouches, and can be purchased through my Craftsy shop.

A standalone pouch is great, but what makes this pattern great gift material is the customizing possibilities. The three different sizes, with their three different pocket configurations, make it a perfect gift for almost anyone. It just depends what you put inside! 
The smallest pouch is perfectly sized for a gift card, and only uses one panel of quilted fabric. Think of how much sweeter a gift card tucked in a handmade envelope would look.

The medium and large pouches are great for making little kit gifts. Put a small stack of hexie templates, a charm pack, some thread, and little snips in one to make a hexie on the go kit for a crafty friend. Or some fresh crayons and a small notebook for a kid's coloring pack. Or an emergency chapstick, gum, and bandaids for a friend that loves to travel. The possibilities really are endless.

These pouches use such a small amount of materials, they are perfect for stash busting and using those small scraps you can't bear to toss. Like small scraps of batting and interfacing you end up with! I used ByAnnie's Soft and Stable for these pouches and absolutely love how they turned out. They were so much quicker to sew since I didn't have to cut interfacing and batting, and the squishy yet sturdy results that Soft and Stable gives were just perfect for this project. The pouches still feel soft and quilted, yet they have enough strength to keep their contents safe. I will definitely be using Soft and Stable again for future pouches.  
For more Pocket Party Pouch gift ideas, be sure to check out the #PocketPartyPouch tag on Instagram, I'm always amazed at the fabulous things people are making! 

I hope you were able to get a few quick and crafty gift ideas today, and thank you again to ByAnnie's for having me! Be sure to visit me on my blog or Instagram so I can follow your holiday crafting adventures!  
Happy sewing, and happy handmade holidays!

Thanks so much to Michael Ann! She has gracious offered to give away a pattern to one lucky winner! Follow the information below to get entered. Please be honest.

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  1. Very cute little bags! I love any shape and size to tuck items away.

    1. She did a great job, didn't she?

  2. So many neat things to the little pouch's!


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