I joined a swap group on Flickr for the summit--we are each swapping a pouch/mini quilt/cushion. It's a secret swap, so you know who you are creating for, but not who is creating for you! So far the finished items that have been posted are AMAZING! There are so many talented seamstresses out there--which makes me even more excited for Sewing Summit--I can't wait to learn and see new things!
For my partner I went back and forth in my head about several ideas, and finally decided on a Hexagon pieced pouch. Specifically the no. 236 The Melinda Zipper Pouch from ithinksew. I was a little wary of the hexagon piecing, but it actually went together very smoothly, and pretty quickly! I spent the most time cutting--I really tried to be meticulous when cutting out all the hexies. And it paid off; sewing was really easy. I also marked the 1/4" seam allowance on the wrong side of all the pieces using a fabric marker, which really helped too.
The only thing I added were the little zipper tabs on the top--I just think they look cute, and a little more finished.
It turned out a bit smaller than I was picturing, so I decided to make a second pouch for my partner. I made a little business card wallet using a pattern from Michelle Patterns. I love her patterns--they always turn out great and the directions are easy to follow.
And of course I needed some business cards to put in it! I made some up in photoshop and had them printed at OfficeMax, and I'm super thrilled with how they turned out! I didn't want to spend a ton, and I needed them quickly, so OfficeMax was the perfect choice. It cost me $16 to get 100 cards, and they had them printed and cut faster than I could even drive to pick them up! That's service!
Have a great rest of the week!