Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Yesterday I felt the need to make something quick and easy. Instant gratification. The Open Wide Zipper Pouch from Anna at Noodlehead was just the ticket!

open wide zipper pouch
This is the medium size. I used fusible fleece for the interfacing and it works great to make a sturdy, padded bag.
open wide zipper pouch
Recently, I had bought a sampling of Essex Linens to try out. I used a half yard in the natural color in my disappearing nine-patch quilt and here it is in the yarn-dyed black color for my pouch. My question is, to all you linen users, do you prewash or not? I prewashed for the quilt but did not for the pouch. I'm normally NOT a fan of prewashing (all those wrinkles!) but I felt it needed it for use in the quilt.

And who doesn't love art by a 3 (almost 4!) year old?
art by jack
Jack was drawing rain and a storm cloud and by the time I got my camera it had morphed into rain coming out of the top of the cloud with "red hot" clouds above. What an imagination!


knottygnome said...

great bag!

i prewashed essex when i used it in a quilt and it did shrink quite a bit, so it's probably a good idea.

if i were using it for home dec items or bags, i probably wouldn't. i'm pretty lazy. i love the yarn-dyed essex. i should really get some. it always seems like the black is hard to find though.

peaknits said...

I love the bag! I prewash very little because. Love those wrinkles too;) I would love to hear what you think if you wash this in the future.

Devin said...

I have been thinking of trying to whip up a similar pouch too! This makes me want to do it even more!

When I've worked with linen, I've always washed it, because it does tend to shrink. however, I use starch when I iron it, to help it flatten out again.

Nat at Made in Home said...

I prewashed some essex linen for a baby kimono I am about to make, but did not for a top I made for myself. It held - shrank a little bit but not too much. But I hate ironing it!

Maryse said...

Really nice and happy pouch! ;-)