Thing 78

Last night I bought a pattern, a total impulse purchase. I was reading one of my favourite bloggers, Karen at Did You Make That, and she posted her latest Coco, the third in three weeks. I needed to have that pattern.  I raced over to Tilly’s site, threw it in my basket, and quicker than you can say, “But what about your budget?” the PDF was in my inbox. Tomorrow I’m going to the Haagse Markt to find some cheap but wonderful knit to make my very own Coco.

But about today’s Thing. I debated with myself about this one. Because today’s Thing is actually lots of things. My plan was to count them as individual Things and thereby give myself some buffer, both Thing-wise and budget-wise. (And if last night’s purchase is a portent of things to come, I can use some buffer.)

Then I changed my mind. It felt like cheating, like taking the easy way out. Buffer isn’t challenging.

(I’m going to regret this.)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Thing 78:


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That’s 86 tissue pouches. 86.


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They’re for the goody bags for an event that my friends are putting on. Technically I’m on the organizing committee, too, but mostly I just show up for coffee.

I started out with the usual tissue pouch method from So Sew Something. However, they say necessity is the mother of invention and since I needed to not take 10 minutes per pouch I invented a quicker way.  I dropped several steps and did them on my serger. I can run them up in three to four minutes a piece now. Maybe someday I’ll post a tutorial about my method.


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But for the time being, I am done with tissue pouches. Done, I tell you.


Cost of this Thing: 0 (the fabric was purchased last year)
Cost of all Things to date: €91.61


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  6 comments for “Thing 78

  1. Hanneke
    April 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    We love that you show up for coffee… And made 86 pouches! You rock!

  2. Heather Bylenga
    April 2, 2014 at 2:25 am

    very impressive

  3. Tobi Paton
    April 2, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Ever considered opening your own tissue pouch factory?

    • April 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      The factory closed to due to employee strike.

  4. Marlies
    April 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Wowza! Great job!

  5. Britta
    April 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Oh Melanie, you make me giggle 🙂 Love your neatly constructed tissue pouch pyramid!

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