Last week, I made a pouch out of a place mat. I followed the instructions of Lorrie Nunemaker. The inside of the pouch was water proofed by using a Heat and Bond vinyl product.

This past week, I visited the Austin Sewing Machine and Quilts Shop in Round Rock, Texas. On display was a zipper pouch that had a water proof exterior. I was introduced to the Odicoat product. It is used for water proofing fabric. The feel of the waterproofed fabric was better than the vinyl product I had previously used. It felt softer and smoother. The pouch sample was waterproofed on the outside fabric and the lining fabric. I purchased a jar, and I plan to try it out soon. I found a tutorial on how to apply the Odicoat.
Please send any helpful hints or tips if you have used this product before. I will post my results.

Cold Front: Time to Craft

We are having a wonderful cold front. Great weather for hot cider and sewing. On one of my research days, I happened onto a tutorial for making a 3D Christmas tree. The tutorial is by the Sewing Directory.
The tree has a retro feel about it. It was fun to make, so today I prepared some more trees. I used scraps and remnants from Christmas Projects Past. All I need to do now is stuff the trees. This can be done when I watch old movies.

After enjoying a short, brisk walk, I started on another project. Last week, I found a tutorial on how to make a lined cosmetic/lunch pouches. Lorrie Nunemaker has great tutorials on how to use a placemat for making pouches. One of the great tips Lorrie gives is on how to use Wonder Tape instead of pins when attaching a zipper. Wow! This tape works great. I have been using fabric glue when attaching zippers. Since the placemat has a thick binding, the Wonder Tape worked better than glue. My only concern is the vinyl. This is the first time I have used the Heatbond Iron-On Vinyl, and I do not know how long this will last. The project took less than an hour to complete.

Vinyl Interior
We are expecting another cold day tomorrow, so I need to find something else to make. There are so many crafters who are so generous in sharing free patterns. I love spending time learning new things.
Also, I am still working on a quilt. I need to pull more fabric from my stash to work on the quilt.
I hope you are enjoying November.