Quilt square pouch + mini patchwork pouch

My youngest sister called me the other day and her lead in was this: “Em!  I think you should go back to school and get another degree!”
Me: “Um … no.”
She:  “Yes!  You really should get another degree in fashion design.”
Me:  “Ah.  So, I guess your gifts arrived and you like them?”

I was intending to make Jenn a quilt square pouch for Christmas, but it got pushed to the back burner and I didn’t get around to it until now, just in time for her birthday.  I used the quilt square I made for my sunset squared tutorial.   It’s a 12-inch quilt block, and resulted in a 12-inch square pouch.

All I had to do was add a fun, red zipper.

I picked this Michael Miller fabric to line it because it’s a great black-white-red print that coordinated with the colors in the quilt square.

I used Kona black for the back and added a patchwork strip made from the fabrics in the front of the pouch.

Since I was so terribly late on the Christmas gift, I gave myself penance and constructed a tricky patchwork pouch for her accompanying birthday gift.  The design is simple, but the tricky part is that the patchwork squares finish at just 1 inch!

I kept the reverse simple with this cute black and white polka dot print.

And I tied the two bags together as a “set” by using the same red zipper on the mini pouch.

I lined the little one with the same print as the larger one as well.

Here they are together, ready for sis to pack them up for her travels.  I think they are a great set.  The big one is large enough to pack delicates or other things you don’t want getting lost in your luggage, but it’s small enough that it can still be shoved in to the corner of a larger bag.  The mini pouch could be used for cosmetics, or jewelry, change, or even an iPod and ear buds!

Enjoy, little sister!!

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