#getsetsewfebruary - The Ker Pouch
So the loooong month of January is over and it's time for our February #getsetsew challenge. And this time we thought we'd do something a little different. This month we're giving you the pattern and the instructions to make your very own Ker Pouch.
So you're asking just what a Ker Pouch is and exactly why you need one in your life?? You may remember that a few months ago I did a wonderful collaboration with Seasalt and as part of this produced a Ker Pouch pattern, instructions and a video tutorial. Essentially this is a drawstring bag or pouch, with smaller segmented compartments inside that this used for holding your jewellery safely both at home or when you are travelling.
Ker is the old Cornish word for ‘precious’ - so it is the perfect name for a place to safely store your jewellery and other special pieces.
The Ker pouch also makes a lovely gift for a birthday or a even a 'just because...' gift. And with Mother's day in March this could be a perfect opportunity for a hand-made present for your Mum or a valued person in your life.
But what if you don't need or want a jewellery pouch? Well the beauty of this design is that it is very easily adapted for other uses. For instance you could leave inside compartments out and have a drawstring makeup bag that opens right up so you don't have to dig around for your mascara or blusher. Or how about using it with the compartments to store hair bobbles, scrunchies, clips etc?
Another option could be to line with a wipeable fabric to use a a lunch bag, when open this also gives the added bonus of becoming a flexible map napkin/plate. Or how about using it for sewing tool storage, enabling you to keep all your sewing bits and pieces in one place - we do love a bit of organised sewing here at Start to Stitch.
.And you don't have to stick to the sizes given in the instructions. You could make a much larger version that when open creates a play may and when closed a toy storage bag- think easy storage for those plastic building bricks! It may even help prevent you form standing on them... I know that pain only too well!! 😖🤣
Made in a waterproof fabric this could also be the perfect beach changing mat, big enough when opened to stand on whilst you strip off your swimming gear (whilst wearing a changing robe 😳😉) and then ideal to carry your wet swimwear home in. Or why not make one as a baby changing mat / bag.
With a myriad of possible uses this drawstring pouch pattern is so versatile. And you can be sustainable with this make too, by using fabric pieces you may already have or re-purposing old clothes or items that you no longer wear or use, or that are maybe beyond mending.
But these are just some of our ideas, what will you use your pouch for? Tell us in the comments below and we can add these to our list.
Sew it's time to #getsetsew. You can download the pattern and instructions for the Ker Pouch from the Seasalt website here We can't wait to see what you will use your Ker Pouch pattern to make for this challenge. Don't forget to use the hashtag #getsetsewfebruary when you post pictures of your makes in the Stitch Sewcial Facebook group, and to tag us on Instagram @starttostitch we love seeing them.
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