Wednesday, February 5, 2014


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


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

  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

  3. Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial!

  4. Way cute! And congrats on the zippers!

  5. Love making the dumplings. I give them as a gift with a gift card tucked inside. The clover wonder clips make all the difference in sewing the zipper in evenly. I made one with vinyl on the outside and cotton on the inside and it didn't need any interfacing. Turned out gorgeous and could barely tell it was home made. My teenage daughter took that one immediately. Thanks for the pattern.


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