Ali Wilkinson

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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In honour of Chinese New Year I made a pouch in auspicious red fabric. It’s a bit bigger than a hong bao, which is the traditional red envelope used to gift money to friends, relatives and employees, but I like to think of it as a hong bao!

I love this Japanese fabric. The selvedge says “Yuwa Live Life Collection”, which is pretty generic sounding, and I am pretty mad with myself that I can’t recall where I bought it from. My favourite part of the design are the flowers and the little “dotty squares” used for shading on the black background and red flowers. I have two other fat quarters in purple and black which I am saving for a special project, as yet undetermined.

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I used the No Guts Boxie Pouch pattern by SoChick that I bought off Craftsy and have made previously. It’s such an easy pattern and the lack of padding makes the pouch really lightweight and easy packing for traveling. In fact on our recent trip I used one of these to corral the various chargers and plug converters we needed, and this one is destined to carry the packs of playing cards and Uno and other small entertainment solutions for our travels.

Wishing you all the best for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey. Tonight I will be eating dumplings and bao and other auspicious food as friends and I welcome in the new year.

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