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March 2015

double pocket pouch

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Life has been busy with lots of non sewing, non quilty, non creative life stuff.  So I had to find an excuse to get myself into the sewing room and work on something.  I miss sewing!

So say hello to the Double Pocket Pouch  I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while - a folio style pouch that opens up to reveal zippered pockets and everything can be kept all neat and in its place. It took some time to get it to look the way I wanted, lots of trial and error involved in dreaming up new ideas!


What I really love about it is that the inside pockets are both see through, so handy to see everything at a glance!  It's the perfect pouch for storing all manner of threads and notions (hello lovely Aurifil thread collections!)  as well as paper piecing or embroidery projects.  One of my pattern testers Sarah, has been using hers to carry her Iphone in - she assures me it's the perfect size.  Also great for travelling and holding jewelry or kids toys.

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For once, I decided to dig into my fabric stash to make these up.  Even though I design my own fabric, it doesn't stop me buying and hoarding any covet-able fabric that crosses my path.  I used fabrics from my own Posy collection for Moda as well as some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton and Steel and Lotus Pond by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud 9 fabrics.

And now I definitely need to find time to make some more.

The double pocket pouch pattern can be found here 

And incidentally PayHip have recently added a shopping cart feature to their site, hooray! :)



I've been bitten badly with the embroidery bug the past few weeks.  I'm sure it has everything to do with getting excited about even the tiniest amounts of sunshine each day.  That and also that I seem to be on a mission to make my world a little prettier.  So that is how I came to stitch up this little number -  I'm calling it my Springtime embroidery.

I can't even begin to describe how happy stitching up this little embroidery has made me.  It really has put the proverbial spring in my step (or maybe that should be stitch?).


Anyhow, since I've been getting an increasing amount of emails asking for new embroidery patterns, I thought that I should start by writing one up for this.  I put a lot of time into including colour and stitching charts as well as instructions for how I stitched up each of the flowers and also the instructions for each of the stitches I used (phew!).  Did I mention that everything is illustrated in colour too??



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The pattern can be found here.

Happy stitching!



I don't know about you but I'm eager for the return of spring - I'm feeling I've had enough of my hats, mittens and thermals for now.  If you are feeling likewise, let's celebrate the oncoming season with a little embroidery and a free Blooms embroidery pattern.  Written by me and available for you to download now from the aurifil blog :)


If you stitch one up, I would love to see your version!  Please use the hashtags #bloomsembroidery and #aneelahoey if uploading to instagram or add to my flickr group.


Let's hope the real spring comes soon.


Happy stitching!