Inkle Woven Pouch Completed
This pouch was started by a friend who initially had an interest in weaving. I helped out with the weaving to get the band completed and off the Inkle loom. I created the pouch, then the project seemed patient enough to sit there until I had the gumption to finish it. I had to create a way to attach the pouch to a chair before moving forward. I hemmed and hawed over it for some time until I finally sat down and moved this project forward.
The pouch itself was created by weaving an Inkle band in the normal fashion. A portion of the band was cut at a length four times that desired for the pouch plus enough for the a 45 degree fold at the center. It was folded in half and stitched together lengthwise creating a 45 degree angle flap, and making the band twice its original width. The bottom was brought up to meet the 45 degree folded flap, and the sides stitched together forming a pouch. After endless hours searching for just the right button to serve as a closure, it was attached through the weave by the shank, and elastic hair ties serve as the button loop.
Attaching the pouch to the chair it will belong to created the largest challenge. Eventually logic won out, and it became obvious how to proceed. A tab loop needed to be added to the back of the pouch, and a thinner strap or webbing threaded through it. The chair has a substantial removable cushion; the webbing will need to connect to the chair under this. There is hook and loop strips connected to both the cushion and the base of the chair to keep the cushion in place. I took the remaining length of Inkle band and measured two lengths that I would need for the tab or loop. I sewed them together by placing them side to side and running a fresh weft string back and forth through the last 3 or 4 warp strings that were next to each other – essentially making it one woven piece from two. To prevent fraying, I used a fusible interface on the back. Keeping the end turned under, and using the same re-weaving technique, I sewed the tab to the back of the pouch.
The new tab or loop is stitched just below the fold of the flap. I’m in hopes its placement will help keep the flap closed in case the pouch accidentally doesn’t get closed properly. Rather than use the remaining length of Inkle band with hook and loop tape, I’m using webbing. I felt that the Inkle band would be a tad too heavy, and webbing would be light weight and flexible enough to provide a secure hold to the seat. I cut a length of nylon webbing 45 inches long and attached hook and loop tape. Since I can’t remember if its hook or loop that is on the seat, I attached hook to one side, and loop to the other. The webbing can be attached to either the chair or to the cushion. I hope this pouch works well and lasts a long time. It’s colorful and unique just like its new owner. It’s ready for its new forever home.
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