Kate's last day of school before the Christmas break is next Wednesday so I made her teachers these pouches. And then decided to make some for the other girls' teachers, too. We are going to bake treats over the weekend to fill the pouches, so it's just as well that I finished sewing them not-at-the-last-minute. I don't know what fabric this is (I never pay attention to the name or manufacturer, sorry) but I saw it when I was minding my own business in a fabric store and thought I'd buy it to turn into something teachery. I don't usually buy cutesy print like this (unless they're for bibs) but this one reminded me of those childlike Japanese prints that are all the rage so I went for it. And then I saw the lining fabric. Tic-tac-toe! Had to buy that.
The pouch is as standard as it gets - round base and piping. The piping supports the whole bag, so I never need interfacing for these pouches. Ever. I do, however, use home-dec or twill for at least one of the layers, never just quilting cotton alone (falls down like a wilted shrub).
These are the pouches for the music teachers. Obviously.
This year, Emily's entire second grade cohort worked with their music specialist teacher to stage a phenomenal Thanksgiving concert for their grandparents. Emily enjoyed the whole process tremendously and we thought it fitting to do something nice for her music teacher this Christmas. If Emily had had her way, we'd have scoured the internet and fabric stores for fabric for her other specialist teachers, too i.e. the ones who do library, Phy Ed and art. We'll be keeping an eye out for fabric like that in future, but not for this Christmas.
And see- using the right weight fabric allows the pouches to hold themselves open and impersonate fabric buckets without the need for any stabilizer or extra inner fabric-interfacing layers.
And interfacing-less-ness means the drawstring opening gathers tightly without bunching.
So six pouches, all done and waiting for cookies!
After bibs, pouches are my go-to mass-production gifts. They're practical and very fast to cut out and put together. There is no interfacing, zipper, buckle, strap, buttonhole, elastic casing, exposed edges or anything else that's fiddly and time-consuming to install. And they have piping, which is a fun bonus, because I love piping to death. I am almost ashamed to show you just how many pouches I've made over just these few years. Here -
So many sizes, fabrics and styles of drawstring openings! And these are just the ones I've made since I started blogging. Can you imagine how many more I'd made in the years before? What are some of your go-to mass-production gift projects?
P.S. No, please don't ask me for a tutorial. Google can help you find no end of tutorials to make pouches like these. Like this one.