Get Lazy In A Whole New Way By Combining Elements Of Our Patterns

Lazies, I recently received a package in the mail from Lazy Girl Glenda Beasley.

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The boxed bottom corners allow the ‘Perfect Nickies’
to stand up all nice and pretty.

poodle_nickies.jpgGlenda sent me the cutest little pouch made with poodle fabrics, along with a letter that is a gift unto itself.

She has been combining elements of two of my patterns - Perfect Pouch and Purse-Nickies.

Glenda is a delightful long-time member of my Yahoo Group and I thought you might enjoy getting to know her just as I have. Well, Glenda’s letter tickled me and I asked her if I could share it with you and she said yes. Glenda’s Perfect Nickies are the latest entry in our ‘Show Us Your Lazy’ project feature.

From Glenda:
Hi Joan, Remember me? The obsessive Lazy Girl, who can’t make just one?

It all started with the Wonder Wallets, and I’ve made close to 200 by now, with many more to come.

I went on to the Take-Along Bags, but managed to stop at about a dozen. And, I’ve made check book covers, paperback book covers, needle cases, a Sassy Bag, and Runaround Bag and several Purse-Nickities. Most of the rest of your pattern line is just waiting their turn to come out and play.

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I love Glenda’s fabric combinations.

Well, along the way, I made a Perfect Pouch. Hmmm, nice. Then I made a larger one, in golf fabrics for my husband to use as a portfolio as he runs a couple of golf groups and has to carry paperwork back and forth. It was larger than normal, so I quilted the back. Oh, and loose threads in his papers would be bad, so I zig zagged the inside edges. Hmmm, nicer!

Well, I needed a little something for my granddaughter’s birthday, and I considered my options. I chose bright bunny fabric, with a carrot fabric for the lining, and made a medium Perfect Pouch. Then, I got out my Purse-Nickitie pattern and followed those directions to box the ends just like Nickie.

Oh, the cuteness meter was off the scale! And, I fell off the deep end.

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Results of Glenda’s marathon sewing sprees.

All of this happened just six short weeks ago, and I finished my 40th one this morning. I have several more started, and many more sets planned. It seems like each one is cuter than the one before! The recipients have all been thrilled, of course, and everyone who sees them wants to know how to get on my “list” so I’ll make them something. It is great fun choosing the perfect fabric for each person.

I figured I should show you first hand what I’m doing, and why I can’t stop. Well, the other day I found this adorable poodle fabric and knew it was meant for you. I hope you understand just how much I love your patterns, and appreciate your genius. Your wonderful patterns add so much enjoyment to my life.

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Seafood fun!

I’ve had a great time in my sewing room recently. I really enjoy having a finished product (or six) after every sewing session. I normally sew them in batches of three alike and use production-line sewing. The only hard part is deciding which fabrics to use next, and what color zipper to use.

I have a few more comments about why I am so crazy about these Perfect Nickies. They can be made in any size, and all dimensions can be adjusted. The medium Perfect Pouch with Nickie’s 2 inch bottom is just right for carrying take along sewing supplies, or as a cosmetic bag. Made the same width and depth, but just shorter, gives you a wonderful pencil case. Made a bit smaller, it turned out perfect for my cell phone charger and manual. With a wider bottom, it can hold larger items, like a camera, tube of sunscreen, large pill bottles–you name it, the possibilities are endless. And, I have great plans for a larger one.

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Bunnies and carrots.

I will tell you this–often, I’ve heard people, usually quilters, say that they have tons of fabric. My standard reply, is WOW, I only have one and a half (tons, that is). And, how do I know this? The military weighed it! We were living in Korea and moving to Qatar. We were allowed to take 4000 pounds of household goods. So, I took my fabric stash, and we each took a few clothes. That’s it–no dishes, bedding, appliances–nothing but my fabric stash, 2 sewing machines, quilt books, and the usual tools and toys for quilting. For the two years that we lived in Korea, I went to the fabric market at least once a week, and bought as much as I could carry home on the subway. And, I’m pretty strong, so that was a lot. I guess my hobby while we were in Korea was building my stash, and now I’m using it up, and having a great time.

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Philosophically Lazy
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

And, the Sew-Easy zipper technique is so easy! Hmmm, is that how it got its name? Zip-Tastic isn’t hard, but Sew-Easy just seems like magic. When I can sit down and install a dozen zippers in one sitting–you know it has to be easy! And, yes, I do sometimes work on a dozen at a time. The right Perfect Nickie can be a gift all by itself, or it can be filled with something to carry out the theme. They are quick and easy, and inexpensive to make. I know that I’ll be making many more Perfect Nickies.

Thank you for all you do to make sewing fun.
- Lazy Girl Glenda, who feels a wave of Wonder Wallets coming on as well–I hit a button sale last week, and am fully stocked again.

Thanks Glenda! You can see our patterns that Glenda mentioned here at our website. The ‘Perfect Nickies’ are a hybrid of two of our patterns. The Purse-Nickities (LGD117) shown below in red/yellow and the Perfect Pouches (LGD113) shown in blue. The two patterns have different construction methodologies and zipper installations. Glenda combined elements of each pattern into one project.

 
Nickie is the red/yellow striped bag at the top of the picture.
The blue bags are Perfect Pouches.

Enjoy!
Joan

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15 Responses to “Get Lazy In A Whole New Way By Combining Elements Of Our Patterns”

  1. Sandy — July 9, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    I just love seeing some of the patterns made by others so many projects so little time, I think every woman/ or crafter should have to have a house keeper, cook, and we should be able to do nothing but the projects we want and MUSt DO. keep sending these great E-Mails Sandy

  2. Mary — July 9, 2007 @ 8:44 am

    Glenda is brilliant for having come up with the idea to blend the patterns. I have the Perfect Pouches pattern, made a few, loved the zipper idea but did think it would be great to have some depth to the pouch. Joan, why not put the pattern together as one for publishing? I’m sure Glenda would be tickled to see we all LOVED that idea….we already LOVE your patterns!

  3. Penny — July 9, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    OH MY GOSH GLENDA! What fun you have had. I love them all, it must have been hard to part with them but oh so fun to see everyone’s face when you give them such little treasures. I love your little shopping story. I Unfortunately have also known the weight of my fabric from my many military moves. I love all your fabric selections and what lucky recipients you have, now if you run out, PICK ME, PICK ME!

    Penny in Chesapeake

  4. Cindy — July 9, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    Glenda, Wow they are just great. What a treat for the recipients of these little treasures! I love your fabric selections.

  5. Doris Sach — July 9, 2007 @ 11:51 am

    Is there a combination pattern that we can buy for the Perfect Nickies pouch variation show in this email?

  6. deb — July 9, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

    Those are so adorable. I would love to have a pattern for those.
    Love all the fabric choices to.
    deb

  7. Cathy — July 9, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

    These are too cute for words!! Glenda, your fabrics are fantastic! Why can’t I ever find such unique ones? I look forward to more pictures of the results of your sewing marathons.

  8. Jen Funk Weber — July 10, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    Holy Kangaroos, Glenda. Those are fantabulous! You inspire me–I have *got* to do more sewing.

  9. Linda Frick — July 10, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    Joan, I saw you demo the zipper technique on Kaye Woods show one day. What I neat technique. But I don’t remember how to do it now. Which pattern has that zipper technique in it?
    I am going to check out my quilt shop and see if they have any of your patterns.

  10. Alison Linder — July 19, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Glenda, all your projects are just so cute. Joan I think you should really consider making a patterns for these bags. They would be a great addition to the Lazy Girl collection.

  11. Marty Hyne — July 30, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    Glenda B. is a friend of mine from a Quilting Chat as well as a Red Hat Society Yahoo Group. She is the one who first sent me a Wonder Wallet and then later sent me the Pattern as a birthday Gift.

    She also sent me one of the cosmetic bags. THANK YOU Glenda!! You GO GIRL!

    Glenda is a busy lady, believe me! She does a lot of Charity projects and is a blessing to many people.

  12. Dee Sach — July 30, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    Are you going to combine the two patterns (Pefect Pouches and Purse Nickities) and make that combination pattern ready to sell? They are absolutely adorable. I am getting the sewing bug by working on wonder wallets right now and would love a new project or ten to work on.

  13. Marion R in Port Townsend, WA — August 19, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    I absolutely agree with my fellow Lazies: this wonderful combo “Perfect Nickities”, with endless possibilities of varying sizes, needs to be made available in a pattern for the rest of us! I’m not at all sure I could figure out how to combine the two on my own LOL!!

    I can “see” endless uses of these for me, my SO, our hobbies and household, etc. So, Joan, you and Glenda need to collaborate pronto!

  14. conishkee — April 23, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    These pouches are lovely. They remind me of a shorter version of the Runaround Bag. And the color combinations shown above are fabulous. I love them! I’ve got to try my hand at it and see what happens. Thanks once again, Joan, for your creativity. You do inspire me.

  15. gie — September 10, 2009 @ 5:50 am

    I wish I can make one!hope someone can give me a pattern of this.thanks