Welcome back to the Three Little Birds Quilt-a-Long! I have to confess, I stalled out on this project. Adding the seam allowances confused me, and so the pieces got pushed aside to a corner of my studio.
The instructions specified cutting the front portions of each piece with a 1/4” seam allowance, and the backing and batting with slightly larger allowances. And the back inside lining piece was enormous compared to the rest of the pouch.
Last night, however, I decided to just muddle through and see how it worked. I figured, if all else fails, all I have wasted is a little time and fabric. But it did work, and I’m so pleased with the results.
I promise, for next month’s installment of the quilt-a-long, I will have in-progress pictures as I work through a second pouch. Part of getting over my hang-up with this pouch, though, was just sewing without worrying about setting up a photo shoot for each step.
If you’d like to join in on the Three Little Birds quilt-a-long, you can find the pattern at One World Fabrics. They also have a gorgeous selection of Japanese homespun fabrics to make your pouch.
After finishing this pouch, I think I have a better understanding of WHY Japanese patterns don’t include seam allowances. It’s kind of a personal preference, not a set rule. On this project, I used a slightly larger seam allowance for the lining, because it made it easier for me to bind the inside seams.
What’s your preference– you prefer a pattern that gives exact finished measurements, or templates with seam allowances already included?