I've continued to test bag patterns here and there for potential teacher gifts and I think that I've found a winner! This is the Pleated Pouch by Michelle Patterns. I've made both the small and the medium sizes and I love them both. They are simple and straightforward to make and require a minimum of supplies to complete - but still look refined enough to be proud to carry!
I did up these "samples" with a larger print that I wasn't sure would work, but I love the finished product. I was a little bit astounded that when I finished the front pleats that it looked as though I had purposely matched up the fabric to look continuous - it was completely a happy accident.
And then I made the medium size and it looked almost as good! I think it just must be the proportion of the geometric print. However it worked, I'm so glad that it did!
I happened to have those buttons kicking around in my notions drawer for ages - they were the perfect fit for this bag. The lining was a lime green and blue polka dot that I've used for lots and lots of projects lately. It's so versatile!
One of the things that I love about this bag is that it can be so skinny and yet the pleats allow it to still hold a decent amount of your stuff.
So this is the first time that I've joined in with the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day and since I've been making quite a few of these bags lately, I'm offering up the winner's choice of size - either small (4" x 4.25") or medium (5.25" x 8.25") and the fabric will be your luck of the draw :) Here are the rules: comment on this post at any time before 5 pm on May 10th. The winner will be selected and announced here on May 12th and I will ship anywhere by May 15th!
There are two ways you can win: 1) Tell me your favorite teacher or hostess gift to make - I need tips!! Feel free to link up to a favorite pattern, but its not a requirement. 2) Follow my blog through the RSS or blog feeder of your choice and leave a second comment to tell me about it. Please note that if you are a no-reply commenter, you really need to include your email address in the post so that I can get in touch with you if you win!
Thanks so much for visiting and happy commenting!
Update: Comments are closed - thanks for visiting! The winner will be announced on May 12th!
Linking up with: Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day