Welcome to the Holiday Hangover Pouch Swap! 

Kim and I had so much fun during #missingmarket; we thought it would be fabulous fun to have another party with you! We are delighted to bring you a fun way to celebrate AFTER the insanity of the holidays is over. It is the perfect way to keep connected to our online friends and celebrate the joy of NOT having to do more holiday stuff.


No skimming allowed!!!! Please keep both eyes (add glasses as needed) on all of the text until you have read all the words (we can see that tab open to Pinterest, close it). Your eyes (as tired as they may be) are needed to read through this entire post carefully! 

For this swap, we are making zipper pouches/cases. This keeps the project not super time-consuming, allowing for adding special touches. We hope you agree! Helpful links are listed at the end of the post as a starting point/inspiration to get you going. 

  • This swap will be open internationally (we always love to include everyone). When filling out the form, please mark if you will be willing to ship internationally. We will be trying to keep partners geographically feasible, but that may not always be possible. Be prepared to have a brilliant international partner (receiving packages from overseas is really fun, promise).

  • This is a direct swap between a pair. All pairs will be assigned. We will not be doing a not a secret swap because Uncle Ted dancing to Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer after one too many hot toddies last Christmas was enough to surprise for a LIFETIME! 

  • For the inaugural swap, spaces will be limited! Get excited to take part and sign up today to lock down your spot (do this only AFTER you have read the rules). Once the spots are filled with happy swappers, the sign-up form will be taken down.

  • Say hello to your partner by December 6th when you receive more details about your fab match. 

  • Get penpal ready! Everybody loves REAL MAIL! (bills + sales excluded)  Send a card (via snail mail) to your partner, including a big HOWDY, and five things about me to get acquainted! Handmade cards would be spectacular, so get your inner artist on if the mood strikes you! Block printing, watercolor, hand lettering, and glitter is ALWAYS acceptable! If not, Hallmark has some pretty cool ones too. Mailing date for your card + your 5 things about me is December 15th. 

  • Swap parcels are to be posted by January 10, 2020.

What to include for your partner's special unboxing: 
-Parcels need to be posted by Jan 10, 2020

  • A fab and functional handmade pouch!  Please use quilt shop quality fabric (no digging in the bin for that fabric piece that you hate) and make something that you would be proud of and would LOVE to receive yourself!

  • Sweets/chocolate/candy for your partner to enjoy. Please ensure that these are packaged goods to comply with customs and quarantine laws and that your partner has no allergies. 

  • A card (handmade if possible).

  • Your contact details (email & return address) so your partner can thank you when their parcel arrives.

  • We are encouraging extras! No $$ limit on the add on gifts. However, do not feel pressure to make it expensive. This is not about price - it’s about meaning, intent, and connection. Oh, and CANDY!!!!! CANDY is a must!

  • Encourage meaningful gifts ( find out MORE about your partner by asking about their other interests). Do they thrift? Do they enjoy vintage? Do they like stripes? Do they shop for Target? Favorite color? Think outside the “sewing world.” People are multidimensional.

  • Look for your own talents to create non-sewing gifts: 
                  Hand-painted cards
          Cookies from scratch
          A small embroidery
          Something special from your town or region 

Calling all Angels too! If you are willing to be that special someone to step in if something goes wrong, please check the Angel box! 

This swap is all about community and JOY!  

Please sign up with an open heart and rainbow thoughts. There will be different levels of Sewists joining and all different backgrounds. All in all, we want for this to be the start of a series of REALLY amazing swaps for you! 

Lastly(ish), we have started a Facebook group for us to get together, get to know each other better, share some laughs, and share our love of all things sewing! The link to the Facebook Group will be sent with the welcome letter. 

Helpful Links, Pattern Ideas, and Inspiration:

Pouch Pattern ideas:

Triangle pouch            by Shiny Happy World       

Easy Zipper Cases     by Natalie Santini    

Dumpling Pouch         by Michelle Patterns        

Banana Hammock       by Sincerely Jen  

Faux Fur Zip Case      by Natalie Santini  
My Favorite Pouch        by Amy Ellis  (paper pieced log cabin)
Double Zip pouch         by LBG Studio
Citrus Pouch                 by Charise Creates
Tea cup pouch              by Patchwork Pottery

Cat Eye Pouch                  by Little Thread Riding Hood 


Video Tutorials:

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Easy Patchwork Quilt video tutorial

EASY Patchwork Quilts. As in "get this done in a day" quilt.

Yes you could make ten before Christmas or Hannukah or the New Year, but do you want to? 

Maybe not. 

Or maybe YES to demolish Scrap Mountain.  

OH YOU KNOW it's true. 

I finally got around to making this short video tutorial like I said I would, many many Moons ago - YAY!!!!  This is my favoritest make in the entire Universe because it's fool proof! 

I can be dreaming of chocolate fountains and Gerard Butler serving me Cuban coffee and STILL make these quilts. 

Even when I miss a perfect seam join, you cannot tell once the quilt is together! It's BEYOND FUN!

HERE is the Video if it won't play for you here on the blog. 

I had a lot of issues with audio syncing with my mouth (that sounds awful) so please forgive me if there are bits where it looks like I'm speaking Finnish.  I totally am.

THANKS SO MUCH for subscribing to my channel! I aim to load up a video every other week for you. Most are 10 minutes or less because honestly- AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME...

You'll want to cut your squares out before beginning to sew, because then you can chain piece like a BOSS. 
ANY SIZE WILL WORK for the squares, just make them all the same. I prefer 4" squares if I want a really piece-y looking quilt and 6.5" squares if I like piece-y but want it done faster. BOTH are amazing. 

I've made 8, 10,  and 12" inch square blocks too for quilts, and sold them right away. It all works!! Just keep your cuts square, straight, and press press press.

Acrylic Ruler + Rotary Cutter = most efficient way to cut squares.

Get the tools here at Havels Sewing.

I don't personally use starch, but you absolutely can if you like it! 

Gosh dang it Ger, get outa me head already!

My video shows 4" squares since I had a pile cut already. I use 400 squares to make this kind of quilt photographed here: 

When I use 6.5" squares I usually do ten rows of ten- 100 squares to make a 60" x 60" quilt. That's a wonderful lap quilt for reading and sipping coffee.

This one is 120 squares:

This is one I made with 10" squares:

The point is, cut whatever size you like.

Then -- keep all the seams at 1/4" with a patchwork foot.
Also called quarter inch foot.

Sew all your seams straight.

Sew square to square, then sew sets to sets to make rows. 

My rows are 20 across if using 4" squares.
If using 6.5" squares my rows are ten across.
It's up to you! No wrong answers here.

Then sew rows together, two at a time to make sets. 

Then sew sets together to make sets of four.

Then sew sets of four together to make a few sets of eight.

Then sew sets of eight together to make sets of 16.

You get the idea.


I talk about nesting seams in the video, but sometimes due to fabric color I cheat a little. Do what works. There is no "correct" way - what works for you IS correct.

Don't worry about the Quilt Police. They don't matter.

My pom pom trim tutorial is here if you want to add it to your quilt perimeter. 

It's the same technique whether you're making a quilt or a pillow.

YES I have pom trim for sale here.

Same concept, just smaller. 

Let us know if you make a quilt or pillow here in the Facebook Group or tag me here on Instagram by typing @sewhungryhippie. 

I LOVE re-posting your work and giving you shout outs! 
You all are amazing!

Stay warm!


Patchwork Pumpkins Tutorial

This pattern was written back in 2015 and I'm working on updating it with digital illustrations. Since that may take me a week or 14, (LOL) I wanted to make it available right now so you can get your Pumpkins on! 

Video walk through (10 min) here:

Enjoy, share, create, and have fun.

Don't forget to tag me on social media @sewhungryhippie when you post yours! Oh and join our Makers Group too -we want you!  Makers Group is here.

I used to sell my pumpkins at Undley Pumpkin Patch in Suffolk, England. 

The people make it what it is, to be honest. We had the best October weekends there eating bacon sandwiches, face painting, selling wares and pumpkins, and just chatting together. No matter the weather, it was always fun. If you're in England, GO! Free admission, donuts, pony rides, pumpkins, food, crafts, etc. . . 

Here is one of my tables in 2013 or 14:

They have Baby Pumpkins too.


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