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Three Little Birds QAL- a Finished Pouch!!

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.

Three Little Birds 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?

Happy Stitching!



  1. Elizabeth says:

    Adorable!!!! My preference is a pattern with seam allowances. I want to know what to do 🙂 But if I had more experience, maybe I would feel differently.

  2. Celtic Cate says:

    Love it! Mine is still sitting in the basket because my head has been deciphering stuff at work and I didn’t want to have to think too hard. Thanks for the heads-up on the seam allowances. At least I have my fabrics picked out for it. I’m trying to sew a little every day, but you know what best intentions are like. So glad you’re going to walk us through this one. I think I’ll wait to tackle it until then.

  3. Emily, your pouch turned out lovely, and I think your comment on Japanese patterns and seam allowances is spot on. It is, in many cases, not set in stone, and a personal preference. For appliqués and smaller hand piecing I prefer a smaller seam allowance than 1/4″ to reduce bulk.
    Thank you so much for telling your readers about oneworldfabrics.com. I enjoy reading your blog.

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