Monday, April 5, 2010

Recycled waistpouch - old made new

So I have not been blogging for a while now - more than a week I think. In the bloggers world, that's a no no, right? Well, my excuse is that I have been busy with other pursuits, apart from jewellery making.  One of which was to make myself a new waist pouch.  I have been using this ugly black waist pouch (a free gift) for nearly 10 years now whenever I exercised.  It has the ManU logo smack right in the middle of a black nylon fabric and to me, that was quite uncool, although I am sure ManU fans (like my dear husband) may beg to differ.  For the longest time, I had swung from wanting to buy myself a new hip cool pouch to making it myself and I procrastinated year after year while still using the ugly black thing. Just last week, I finally decided to make myself one out of a nice Ikea fabric that I have had for a while now and searched the web for a tutorial on how to sew a pouch.  The funny thing is, I can find many tutes on how to sew make-up bags, zippered wristlets, totes and such but I only found 2 on how to sew a waistpouch, both of which I didn't quite like. I wanted one that was easy to sew as I am a novice at sewing.   To make things even harder, a waist pouch goes by different names in different countries - fanny packs, bum bags, hip slingers......   Seems like a waist pouch is quite an uncool thing to carry, ManU logo not withstanding.  But I didn't care. I was quite confident that I could sew myself both a pretty and functional pouch to carry my mobile phone and keys so that I can keep my hands free when I am at the gym or taking brisk walks.  So since I couldn't find a tutorial I like on making waist pouch, I decided to adapt one online tutorial for make-up pouch found on Up In the Rainbow Creek blog.  http://uptherainbowcreek.blogspot.com/2009/06/envelope-style-makeup-bag-tutorial-boho.html

This tutorial was great as it has photos, pretty clear instructions and looked simple enough for a novice like me. What initially looked like a one hour job took me nearly 2 1/2 hours in the end but I was quite pleased with the results. I reused the nylon strap and plastic parts from my ugly pouch (save the earth!)  And voila! Here is my new waist pouch lined in hot pink!




I also made the straps adjustable and even added a pocket at the back to hold my iPhone but I forgot to photograph it. So what do you think?

5 comments:

Beeshebags said...

Saw your comment over on UTRC's blog and thought I'd come check out your waist pouch...and it looks great. Well done. Hugs Naomi

Ai-Vee said...

Thanks, Naomi! I just checked out your blog too and discovered what a great sewer you are! I have lots to learn from experts like you. Cheers, Ai-Vee

Foo said...

Hi Ai Vee! It's a beauty! I like it that it's recycled and the fabric pattern is just gorgeous. And also cos I'm enjoying the one you sewed for me! Hee hee.
Janet

Ai-Vee said...

Thanks! And I'm glad you like what I made for you. Your books gave some great inspiration and motivation. Wish I have more time to sew...

rainbowcreek said...

Ai-Vee you did a great job adapting the pattern, I would hardly guess that you are new sewer. You must have a natural talent. The new waistpouch is quite an improvement over the old one, I love that fabric! Happy sewing! doni