Sew Gratifying

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Last year I started teaching myself to sew and have enjoyed the frustration and satisfaction that comes along with learning a new skill. Last fall I started on my first clothing from a pattern project – a wrap skirt for myself. But I have had neither the time nor the mental energy to work on completing this challenging (for me) project. So  being in the mood for some sewing gratification, I decided to learn to make the simple zipper pouch.

There are dozens of online tutorials for making zipper pouches; two of my favorites can be found at sosewsomething and

The first one I made for myself (in yellow), the second one for Sita. Sita’s turned out much neater. Hmm, I keep thinking of who else I know that could use a simple zippered pouch, or what else I might need more pouches for…

Like the near-instant gratification of knitting a hat, these zipper pouches really are simple and fun!

What are you crafting?


About Seeking Joyful Simplicity

This is the story of our family and as we downsize our lives and increase our self-sufficiency. Our story begins when we leave our hectic suburban life in the crowded Washington, DC area. Husband gave up his secure but unhappy federal government job, we sold our home, gave away many of our belongings, and downsized to the country in southern Virginia. I write about creating our homestead, cooking with whole foods, making and using herbal medicines, family life, living in the seasons, mindfulness, and pursuing our passions. What are we looking for? A simple life doing the things we love with the people we love. And not settling for anything less. Won't you join us? Michelle
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6 Responses to Sew Gratifying

  1. Oh my goodness! I am in love. I have always wanted to learn how to sew. It reminds me so much of my great grandmother and the house that I used to spend my summers in. It is definitely on my bucket list. Love the pictures. Beautiful.

  2. Laura says:

    Those are very cute! Nicely done!

  3. Laura says:

    PS-I’m thinking useful for just about anything… Makeup bag, toiletries when traveling, holding markers or crayons (with a black interior so you can’t see the marks), holding dolls clothes, diaper and wipes carrier for quick trips out instead of lugging a whole diaper bag…. On & on & on….. Lol :)

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