Testers Prove The Joey Pouch Is a Versatile Little Bag

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Waist bags don't deserve all those snarky comments!

A versatile bag with multiple uses should be celebrated! And you don't have to wear it around your waist - wear it as a sling bag - across the chest or back. Even as a crossbody across one shoulder and the bag tucked under your arm.

The Joey Pouch adds style to the design with the diagonal flap protecting the contents of the front slip pocket. This bag gets compliments!

Our testers had great things to say about the design and the pattern. And my favorite part is sharing their creations.

So take a look and get inspired to make your stylish Joey Pouch!

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Becca Olson said she already has an order for this bag! The one pictured is for her son, who is a skateboarder (yet another use!). 

"The main fabric is from Threaded Candy Customs. Interfacing from 2 Minutes 2 Stitch on Etsy. Hardware from Amazon and lining was just a scrap. The BEST thing about this pattern is it is a great scrap buster. It’s also a quick and fun sew."

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Shirley Harding used midweight cotton for the exterior and quilting cotton for the lining. Great combo!

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Nicki Thornock made two bags. "Floral is vinyl and the all the rest is made with cotton woven. I didn't interface the vinyl, the rest was interfaced with 1 layer of medium weight interfacing. Store bought bias tape cause I'm lazy. If I do this with vinyl again, I would have the under side (of the flap) be woven or canvas. The double layer of vinyl is too stiff to lay flat."

This is Nicki's first bag. "All made with CW (cotton woven) and interfaced with a single layer of medium weight interfacing. Store bought bias tape. Nothing fancy with this - just the basic amazing pattern."

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Jaime Casselbury "This was a fun pattern and I will be making it again! This version is going to be used as the dog walking bag. I opted for serging rather than binding and found it easy to manage. I found the card slots to be big enough to hold/organize other items as well and the front slip pocket easily fits my iPhone 11 Pro. I used a light canvas for the exterior and quilting cotton for the lining."

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Liselotte Maria  "Waxed cotton exterior and wpc (waterproof canvas) as lining. I did put a little hook for maybe keys on the webbing and slip pockets instead of card slots. First time for me with binding. I used fold over elastic. Lovely pattern and a very handy bag."

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Mary Lynn Curatolo Marcolina was new to gussets and binding. She did a beautiful job! She finished her raw edges with zigzag. Her exterior is decor fabric and cotton lining.

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Lisha Gilbert  "I used velvet for the exterior and quilting cotton for the lining, although I did go two-tone on the exterior pocket and used waterproof canvas for the inside of the pocket. Lovely little bag."

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Hjordis Perkins "Quilting cotton with SF101 or equivalent. The lining is actually a 100% cotton high thread count sheet. I subbed one layer of light fusible fleece for one of the layers if SF in the flap to help hold the magnet. I added one extra tri glide to the strap to facilitate greater adjustability."

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Kim LeBeau Provax made two bags. To make sure the embroidery was placed "just right" on the Disney bag, Kim made a plastic template. She also added a secret pocket on the back. She is going to Disney and says this will be perfect!

Kim's second bag is "Keepsake Calico paint splatter Cotton exterior Fabric, lining purple swirl cotton fabric, 1 1/2 in Parachute Buckle with reflective center and 1 1/2 in Black strapping. Inside added a grosgrain ribbon with alligator clip for keys and 4 card slots. 14 mm Magnetic flap closure from Kamsnaps on outside."

Great idea about the reflective buckle and the alligator clip!

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Patricia's favorite bag fabric is vinyl, so she decided to give it a try. It turned out beautifully and she said the gussets didn't give her any trouble with the layers. She chose to serge her seams rather than add the additional thickness of binding. A very sophisticated-looking bag.

A huge thank-you to our testing team.

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