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Book Flip Through Review – Pouch Making Classroom

January 11, 2019

Happy 2019! A little late into the year but I must confess I have been taking a nice relaxing time off. I took 2 weeks off in December, and when I came back everything was a mess at home and there was so much laundry to catch up. It is also a few weeks more the Chinese New Year which means more frantic sewing trying to get everyone’s new clothes ready. Anyway, I really wanted to review this book because I think this is one of the more useful Pouch making books I have bought so far. I realize the cover is not that attractive, and maybe many of you might skip it while browsing through online shops. But I saw the sneak preview and one of the set of instructions on the different ways to deal with zip ends caught my attention. So I just had to buy it to take a look. And then there was a pouch with 3 compartments that I’ve always wanted to know how to make, and it’s in there too!
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You know a book is really useful if the first thing you do when you buy it is not to make 1, but 2 pouches using the patterns 😛 This book is published by Nihon-Vogue and there are 35 different projects you can make. The lessons include how to install zippers (adjusting length / end of zips / sewing), attaching lining to your pouches, attaching different types of interfacing, sewing with special materials, and how to attach metal purse frames. With this book you can literally make any pouch you want!

This was the first one – a little cosmetic case with elastic pockets inside for small items like eyeshadows or tweezers..

pandapouch

and the second pouch I made was this – This is actually a twin pouch sewn together, and the section in between the two pouches makes a 3rd compartment. It’s really useful for sorting things out and even my daughter has asked for one for her school devices!

echinopouch2

Note how it looks like adifferent print from different angles? This is the metallic Kokka Echino Canvas from Nekoneko.co and it has a large scale abstract print, so depending on how you cut the fabric, you get a different look everytime!

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And here’s the book flip-through video, you can find lots of other pouch designs in the video.

The lessons are very clear and easy to follow, so I would really recommend this book even though the cover looks rather plain! I hope you like it and make lots of useful pouches out of it!

Tanoshiku Manaberu! Porch No Kyoshitsu / VOGUE Japan

Title :ポーチの教室  (Pouch Making Classroom)
Publisher : Nihon Vogue
ISBN No. :978-4529058438

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Free Japanese Sewing Pattern – Kabanhime

September 25, 2012

Sorry for the late post. Was trying to (obsessing) finish up a dress. Do you know that feeling? 😛

Anyway, today’s title is not strictly correct, because today’s free “patterns” site doesn’t provide any patterns, but shows us how she  made the following items out of simple shapes and rectangles. The website is called Kabanhime – an original handmade bag pattern shop. She has a shop selling patterns but she has also listed some for free.

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