pattern review and a giveaway: the Bella pouch (now closed)

June 15, 2012

My ADORABLE friend Bonnie of Pink Stitches has just released her very first pattern!  I was so thrilled that she asked me to review it for her (and all of you!).  She is such a talented sewer and has an adorable shop and blog.

I'm sure you all know how much I love a great pouch pattern!!  I am happy to say that this is one of those!!


She created the pattern to hold her new super cool camera and so it uses extra padding to protect the gadget.  Since I'm not lucky enough to have a camera like that, I only used one layer of batting when making my pouch.


The pattern came together really nicely!  I had no problems at all!  It is well thought out and very well written with clear instructions and lots of pictures.  The use of interfacing and batting gives it enough body so that it isn't floppy.

The pouch is a really great size!  Large enough to take as a clutch but small enough that you could put it in a larger purse to use as a make up bag.  Mine measures 7"tall when closed and 8" wide at the widest point.  It has a removable wrist strap so that you could take it on a night out.  It is also a great size for a little girl or teen.   My girls would love to carry all of their little toys and notebooks in it if we went out to dinner.  :)  I am trying to keep then from stealing it.

Bonnie has been sweet enough to offer all of you a coupon code for 15% off of her pattern (as well as everything else in her shop!!!) for this weekend!   The code is good through Sunday so go shop!!!  She has a few pouches already made if you need a super cute gift!  Just use the code PINKSTITCHES15 at checkout.

She is also offering a pattern to one of my awesome readers!  If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post letting Bonnie and I know what fabric you would make your Bella pouch out of if you win.

If you would like a second chance, go to Bonnie's shop, Pink Stitches, and add her to your favorites, then come back here and let me know that you have done so.

I will leave the giveaway open until next Friday and then pick a winner using the handy random number generator.

***Please note that this giveaway is now closed, thank you!***

I hope you all have a great weekend and a wonderful Father's Day!!







111 comments:

  1. What a darling little pouch! I would use the fabric Coquette by Chez Moi. Thanks for the offer!

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  2. I went to Bonnie's shop and added her to my favorites -- cute stuff!

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  3. I think I would make a scrappy patchwork instead of just picking one fabric. :D

    It's such a cute pouch!

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  4. I'd love to use some geometric fabric that I just got. It is red circles with some orange swirls on it. (I don't know the name of it). I'd also like to make one with owl fabric. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  5. I favorited her shop on etsy. CarlaRG :)

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  6. Hmm...I'd probably use linen with a bit of scrappiness. Super cute pouch! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

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  7. Love the bag, I would wait and make it with marmalade from Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

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  8. I think the Washi Tape fabric would be so cute for this bag.
    Thanks,
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  9. I'd probably use some of my fandago fat quarters

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  10. I went to the shop and added it to my favourites, how could I not, super stuff.

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  11. I favorited her shop on Etsy, btw love the lobster and pearl bracelet pouch that is already made up! So cute.
    Thanks,
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  12. I love all the pouches! They are so cute and I think a little floral pattern would be so pretty, or maybe a chevron! can't go wrong with chevron!

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  13. I also already have her shop as a favorite!

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  14. I would use some of the houndstooth from Vintage Modern or a Chevron Print from Riley Blake.

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  15. Gorgeous pouch!
    I'd use Joel Dewberry's Heirloom range!

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  16. So cute! I would use some Heather Ross that I've been saving for something special. Thanks!

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  17. Oooh, I love Bonnie's shop and would love the pouch in the cute lobster fabric!

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  18. I'd use some of my new halloween fabrics (Guising or. . .I forget the name but it has hearses printed on it).

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  19. Just received some Quilt Blocks fabric so probably that!

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  20. Ooooh!!! I love it - and love the colours that this one's made up in! PLEASE ENTER ME into the draw!!! I's definitely use some spotty fabric to make it. Maybe some stripy inside.
    Fingers crossed.....
    Carly
    x

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  21. That is super cute! I think would try and use some Japanese fabric I have.

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  22. I would use a navy and white stripe for a beachy look.

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  23. I made her shop a favorite!

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  24. Oooh! How exciting! If I were lucky enough to win I'd have to use Amy Butler's Love - Bliss Bouquet - Teal. I bought this to make a large bag, so it would be perfect as a stand alone pouch or I could pop it in the bigger bag when that suited.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Judi x

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  25. Hi ya - me AGAIN!

    Just to let you know that I visited Bonnie's shop and have added her to my favourites, so double fingers crossed now.

    Judi

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  26. I've added Pink Stitches to my favourites on Etsy and found a newspaper print Kindle case that I love love love!!! Hope I win the pouch pattern!!!!

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  27. Oh wow - if I won I guess I'd make my pouch in some Kaffe Fassett green paperweights fabric, or maybe the green eyelet Flea Market Fancy... Something green anyways!!! Fingers crossed!!

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  28. I'd make my pouch with some of the batiks I've been hoarding :o)

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  29. This pouch is so cute and just the right size when your "big ole honker" won't do. Please enter me in the giveaway and I am subscribed to Bonnie's blog. thanks

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  30. I would probably make at least one out of some Kona Solids!!!!

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  31. I have some Millie's Closet that I would use - very retro and girly. Thanks for the chance to win this great pattern!

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  32. i love her shop and added her to my favorites

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  33. So cute!! I'd make it out of some Hawaiian fabric I just picked up! :) It's blue and white gingham with white hibiscus flowers on it. :)

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  34. i would love to make it in Ombre dots! thanks!

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  35. i added pink stitch shop to my favs on etsy! thanks!

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  36. Cute pouch! How about lotta Jansdotter's Bella for the Bella pouch?! ;)

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  37. Very cute pouch! I'd make it with Ruby fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Super cute!! I would probably say Free Spirit's Girly Girl....love all the pink!!

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  39. Hmm...I bought a fat quarter stack of vintage-looking floral fabrics at the Country Living Fair...that would look adorable for this bag!

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  40. i'd use some of my echo fabric=thanks!

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  41. I love this pouch SO MUCH!!! I just saw her pink floral bella pouch and I would try to match my fabric to that as much as possible! I really like the lobster one too. I really like owls, so maybe I could find something Riley Blake to make with it. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to learn how to make this!

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  42. Her shop is DEFINITELY a "favorite"! Thanks for the chance to win, and for introducing me!

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  43. I am late to this fabric line, but I just picked up three prints of Cosmo Cricket's Circa line and I would love to use those for this adorable pouch! Thanks for the chnace to win!

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  44. I favorited the Etsy shop, too.

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  45. What a cute pouch! I would make it in either Vintage Modern or Flea Market Fancy, I think it would look cute in either fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. I just bought some Summerville and I think I'd use it to make this pouch. thanks for the chance

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  47. I have a piece of blue and yellow French fabric which was given me by a friend. I don't know the name of it, but I think it would look fantastic made up into this pouch.

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  48. Great pouch. I'd use vintage sheets for the pouch.

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  49. I have the perfect fabric, my only doubt is that it is so light that stains would be visible immediately, it's a white fabric with turquoise flowers and birds and yellow flowers thrown in. I loved it so much that I bought the rest of the roll at the store! :)

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  50. What a lovely pouch!
    I'd make it several times, in different fabrics fitting with my dresses and skirts :-)

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  51. I added Pink Stitches to my Etsy favourites.

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  52. I might have to make a few pouches, I'd like to make one out of some decor weight fat quarters I won on Giveaway Day :)

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  53. I favorited this shop on Etsy

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  54. Great giveaway!! I have some Mllie's Closet and
    Flea Market Fancy that I would use to make two
    of the pouches. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. I made Pink Stitches one of my favorites on Etsy~~~my user name is wigglypup. Thanks for
    the chance to win.

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  56. I think i will choose back the Vintage Modern fabric.

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  57. Added the shop to my etsy favorite :)

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  58. I think I would use some fabrics from my Simply Color bundle.

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  59. I favourited the shop on etsy.

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  60. I'd love to use this and make some puches out of Sarah Jane's Out To Sea. I know...I'm thinking way ahead here!

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  61. I love this! I have TONS of fabric that I inherited from mother-in-law, so I would find something from there.

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  62. I would use the most garish orange brocade that I can find.

    Orange is awesome.

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  63. Oh, I love this little pouch. I would use some older Amy Butler fabric in my stash to make this.

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  64. I have favorited Pink Stitches on etsy.

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  65. I am thinking a cute Japenese fabric would be great!

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  66. She is now one of my favorite shops.

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  67. What a cute pouch! I have some fabric from a fairly recent line called Happiness that I would use. It would be good to carry Happiness with me!

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  68. I would make my Bella pouch out of Alexander Henry's Ghastlies fabric.

    nicoleg0 at hotmail

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  69. I made the Pink Stitches shop a fav.

    nicoleg0 at hotmail

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  70. I would use Rhapsodia by Art Gallery.

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  71. I would do this in a beautiful turquoise color. Awesome!

    Dotvining@yahoo.com

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  72. Adorable- I'd use Alegria from Cloud 9.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Margaret
    curetons5@verizon.net

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  73. Just went to etsy and added Pink Stitches to my favorites- thanks- very cute store. And, thanks for the extra chance to win this adorable pattern!
    Margaret
    curetons5@verizon.net

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  74. i love this is the Vintage Modern! i may have to get some if i win, but would also love it in some of the Gypsy Bandana I have stockpiled. :)

    congrats on the pattern!

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  75. I would probably use linen combined with other fabric scraps!
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I would use one of Art Gallery's Oval elements. Thanks for a giveaway!

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  77. I would love to make it with some nice blue fabric! I have my fingers crossed!!!

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  78. I'd like a big flowered fabric, I love hawaian prints!

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  79. Oh I just love the bag! I would probably use some of my Denyse Schmidt fabrics that I'm collecting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. What a cute pattern. I would use some of my Summerville fabric for the purse.

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  81. Oh so cute! I think I would use a new Yuwa print that I've gotten and some linen. *fingers crossed*

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  82. Nice bag....I would probably use Sugar Pop and make a funky purse for my grand daughter.

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  83. I favorited her on Etsy. Also, my first comment is probably a no response - it was comment 90. Sorry just realized I have that issue and have fixed it!

    Thanks! Fi

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  84. I think I would use some Amy Butler fabric I have... such a cute pouch...
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  85. I would make it out of some cotton twill I have in my stash.
    Njeri
    cutekipepeo@gmail.com

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  86. Such a cute pouch! I have some Kate Spain Fandango and Verna which would look perfect in this pattern

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  87. I think anything by Joel dewberry would look really cute. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  88. I have recently fallen in love with Riley Blake and would find some fun fabric in that line. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  89. I love the pouch...I love the Ghastlies by Alexander Henry...Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  90. I went to Bonnie's shop, Pink Stitches, and added her to my favorites.

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  91. I have just got a delivery of Avery II & I think this would be a great way to start cutting into it

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  92. That is such an adorable pattern! if i won i'd have to use some curio by basic grey (i dont know the exact name of the print but it's the pretty white flowers with pink accents on a blue background)

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  93. I would use the new Crazy Love from Jennifer Paganelli, gorgeous! Thanks for the chance at this cute pattern! :)

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  94. I added Pink Stitches to my favorites, really cute stuff!

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  95. I would use something flowery and girly to make my wristlet with - it would be perfect for my vacation!

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  96. I would use green fabric - maybe stripes and/or polka dots.

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  97. Hi Amy, What a great pouch pattern! I also love pouches {along with my tote and shoe problem}.
    I think I'm already a follower/liker of Bonnie's pages from a year ago but I will double check. Thanks again for always being SO inspiring!
    xo Tammy xo

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  98. I'd love to stitch up a pouch in a Washi print. LOVE!

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  99. I'd like it in Crazy Love please!

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  100. Just curious what fabric you used for this, I especially love the outer fabric.

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  101. er, nevermind, just saw your Vintage Modern post. btw, found your blog through Sew Can She.

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