Have you guys ever gotten some free fabric from Spoonflower during one of their free swatch events? I first discovered it last year (I think) when they were giving away free swatches of their new eco-canvas fabric. I've yet to use it, but I have a cute little toast cushion by Asking For Trouble just waiting to get made. I was quite sensible in my choice last time because the toast cushion was test swatch size, so I basically got the whole kit for free.
However, a little while ago they were doing free swatches of their new sport lycra, and despite having no idea what I would make with a tiny square of lyrca, I ordered some in a Wild Olive print anyway, this cute Halloween one to be specific.
When it came I posted a photograph on Instagram and Mollie from Wild Oliver herself asked me what I was going to make. I had a little think and decided to make a pouch for my swimming goggles. I really want to try and swim more now I'm pregnant, and I thought lycra would be good for my swimming bag as it can cope with getting wet. I also thought it would mean as little cutting and sewing as possible, as stretch fabric is apparently quite hard to work with!
I'm quite impressed with how it turned out. I took my time so I didn't rage quit this one. I looked up my sewing book for how to sew stretch fabric, I swapped to a stretch needle for my sewing machine, I looked up the best stitch for stretch fabric (quite a tight zigzag one apparently) and got to work.
I just fold the fabric in half longways, and then sewed up the bottom and the other side, leaving a gap of a few inches at the top (which I had to snip on the folded side to make even) to make the drawstring area. I used some tips from this tutorial on the Purl Bee to give me an idea of how to sew the drawstring channels. Then I just trimmed the edges and fed some turquoise chord through the channels to make it tie.
The stitching could be a bit neater on the outside, but overall I think it looks good. It's all sewn together, it fits my goggles, and I only broke one needle while I was making it (I'm rubbish at not hitting pins!).
I also took the pictures on my desk in my craft room, and they definitely look a lot better than trying to take photos on my living room carpet!
This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here.