Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dumplings


I’ve decided that 2014 will be the year of trying new things.  I have several things that I avoid (zippers, sewing curves, english paper piecing, etc) not that I fear them, but just because I either don’t enjoy them or I just THINK I won’t enjoy them.  Well I’ve decided that that’s a silly way to live – not doing something because you THINK you won’t like it.  Just in this last month alone I’ve tried several new foods and it turns out I like lobster and lamb.  I had no idea.  And look what I was missing out on. 

So for awhile now I’ve had the pattern for these sweet little dumplings but I kept setting it aside thinking it would be a frustrating mess. 

dumpling pouches


A couple of weeks ago I finally made one dumpling.  And guess what?  It was….FUN!

Here’s the first one I tried – and it’s not a frustrating mess!  In fact, I enjoyed making it and immediately decided to make more!

cute and easy dumpling pouch

For the next dumpling I chose to make the outside of the pouch quilted (layer a piece of fabric with batting, quilt it and THEN cut out the dumpling shape) and I liked how it gave the pouch more body.

Cute Dumpling pouch

And of course it was fun to pair up fabrics for the outer bag and the lining-

Quilted dumpling pouches from A Bright Corner

These little pouches make perfect little gifts and are wonderful for people who travel.

So head on over here and grab the free pattern.  One tip – when it says to hand baste the zipper – DON’T.  I used my Clover Wonder Clips and it was faster and easier! 

basting zipper with clover clips


4 comments:

  1. So cute. That's one I need to try.

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  2. I made one of those a few weeks ago, and did the same trick with the Clover clips. I haven't tried one with quilting - I'll have to add that to my list. Still don't like lobster though.... :D

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  3. Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial!

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  4. Way cute! And congrats on the zippers!

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