Why I Chose the Pattern: I am always looking for cute, small projects to do to take a break from my work. I am a big fan of Amy Butler, and I actually was in need of something to hold my business cards so this was perfect!
Difficulty Level: Beginner/Intermediate. The sewing is easy, but I found the directions to be a bit cumbersome.
What I Loved: This pattern is free! You can download it here. I do love the look of it – it’s very hip.
What I Didn’t Love: As I mentioned the directions were a bit confusing. I also thought that the construction of the keeper was more difficult than it needed to be. It seemed to be a bit bulky by the time it was finished between the interfacing and stabilizer (and I didn’t even use Peltex as recommended, I used buckram which is not as thick).
I also found that the placement of my Velcro closure was off by about 1/2 inch which poses a problem when closing. I’m not sure why this happened.
Suggested Changes: I’m really not sure what to suggest. This pattern is what it is. I wish there weren’t so many “parts”.
Tips: Check and then double check your Velcro placement. Use a lightweight fusible interfacing to reduce bulk, and a very light stabilizer. As I mentioned, I used buckram which is typically used in hats.
Would I Recommend It? I’m on the fence here. Although I am not crazy about the pattern, it is cute and useful. It’s easy enough and uses only scrap fabric so you won’t be making a big investment, and after all the pattern is free. Go ahead and give it a try.