These are the small gifts I made for Rebecca, Alice, and Aimee. They are called Strap Clutches and the pattern is available on michellepatterns.com. I can't recommend that pattern line enough - the patterns are written so thoroughly and the author anticipates questions/concerns you might have as you go along. Additionally, she provides great finishing details that help you have a very polished project in the end. When she had all of her patterns on sale for $5 recently - I wanted to buy all of them!
This pouch was made for Alice - a lover of all things pink and green.
This one was made for Rebecca- she loves Joel Dewberry but he doesn't have any gray fabrics (that I know of). So I went with another favorite of hers: gray.
Finally, this was made for Aimee. It may be obvious that I made a bit of a mistake in orienting the velcro strap. I realized this after I had taken the whole thing apart and sewn it back together due to another issue. I agonzied about whether to do it all over again but I worried that even more seam ripping would stress the fabric too much and I honestly thought having the end of the strap concealed was a nice look.
In this picture, you can see the lining fabrics that I chose. Making the strap rectangle openings was intimidating for me - but it really wasn't that difficult.
It felt good to do this project during a crazy week last week when I couldn't quite pull myself away from the news (I like to be informed but sometimes it's too much!). I know I wasn't the only guild member who sewed like a maniac last week - it can be such a great stress reliever.