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Simple baby gifts for the new year! Plus a Free Flying Geese Zipper Pouch Tutorial!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season! We had a very nice time with family and friends and lots of guests! I am the oldest of 4 siblings and everyone came back during the holiday season to visit! I don’t get around to sewing much during the weeks of winter break and Christmas. I sew at my dining room table and I have to clear my sewing machine off so I can feed our many guests!! I am glad to be back at it and have some fun goals coming up for the new year!

I hope to offer more fun tutorials, quilt my many quilt tops waiting in the wing, sew for more look books and hopefully test some quilt patterns! And that is what is planned! LOL! I don’t know about you but I always see a new book or a new pattern and want to try it! Or I need to make a gift! Wether its for a new baby or teachers I always have fun sewing for those occasions too! I am usually working on many projects at once! Keeps things interesting!! 🙂

I had one of my oldest friends have her second baby right before Christmas. He is the cutest little thing. There is just something about babies that you can’t help smiling about. I just love kids and am so happy for her and her husband and their cute 3 year old. 🙂 Since I love to sew gifts I wanted to make her and her newest little guy a gift. A gift of course for the baby but I really think Moms need a gift too! Its really hard in those first couple weeks (or months!!) and without time to yourself and no sleep all, Moms deserve to be pampered a bit!! And this being her second its entirely different trying to care for a baby and a toddler! Fun but exhausting to say the least!

I had some extra knit from Maureen Cracknel’s Enchanted Voyage Line for Art Gallery Fabrics and decided I would make some baby clothes. I used a free pattern from Patterns for Pirates. Yes I said Free!! Yay! Find these patterns here for the shirt, leggings and hat. These patterns are really well written and the directions are really easy to follow. If you need some tips for sewing with knits on your home sewing machine see my previous post~Sewing with Knits? No Problem! I can’t wait to see her baby in these!!

Next I made a pouch and filled it with goodies for my friend! I think handmade gifts are the best and you can add as many special touches as you want to. My friend’s favorite color is pink so I made sure to use that color as much as possible.

Want to know how to make a simple giftable handmade zipper pouch!! Well here is a free tutorial on my flying geese zipper pouch! There is something so simple about a flying geese block. Its such a classic but you can really modernize it with the quilting. So here we go! 🙂

What you need:

  • Cut (8) 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangle (print)
  • Cut (16) 2 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch square
  • (1) 7 inch zipper
  • (1) 2 inch x 6 inch scrap for zipper tabs
  • (1) 9 inch x 8 1/2 inch piece of fabric for the back pouch (approx)
  • (2) 9 inch x 8 1/2 inch pieces of fabric for the lining (approx)
  • (2) 9 inch x 8 1/2 inch inch pieces of fusible fleece

Next make the Flying Geese Units. I made 8 of them but the beauty of making a zipper pouch is once you have it down you can make it any size you would like too!

Press each unit well and sew together using your desired method. Press. Next iron on fusible fleece to wrong side of flying geese front of pouch and quilt as desired. Do the same for the backside of the pouch.

Now prepare the zipper, sew the zipper and lining on and finish the pouch. See my previous post: Seed Pouch Tutorial for all the details to complete your zipper and pouch here. The great thing about making zipper pouches is that the basic construction is the same. You can make it as big or little as you like! I filled it with some basic beauty goodies I found at target! Lotions, lip gloss, face masks etc. All relaxing/pampering (I hope!) items that my friend can enjoy. During the infant stage its so important to see the positive and good in the little things since it also so exhausting! I hope this gift does that!

I hope you enjoyed my zipper pouch tutorial! It a simple way to show someone you care and bring a smile to their face!! Happy sewing friends!

Love,

Jennifer 🙂

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