A little time ago I mentioned that I was going to make some small pods. I had a couple of tutorials that I had found on line, plus a little pod that came with some ear-rings I was given. I was going to experiment with cardboard and plastic forms, plus, different sizes.
After I had finished I looked back at these tutorials and realised there was an important difference. The first (the Asian one) only used a lining with NO shape form. The second (the Olive purse) used a shape form for both pieces. I based my samples on the Olive purse but on reflection think the Asian example might have been better.
Using the Olive purse tutorial I prepared my pieces attaching the wadding with tacky glue, then gathered and laced the pieces in position.
For the smaller pod I used a plastic plate to make the form. I also tried an old Xray film but found that it was too flexable and the image changed the colour of the fabric.
The larger pod used a cardboard form and this worked quite well but I'm not sure how durable it will be. It is great size for keeping small projects or sewing tools in.
The smaller one I made to keep ear-rings in when I travel.
I am not happy with the finish of these samples so dug out my old pod and had a good look at it. Firstly, I have had this pod for at least 30 years, so, it looks a bit used, but, it is well used and still works well.
The leaves are not as well held together as the ones I have sewn, but they do the job and have done for some time.
When I pushed them apart I see that the joining method is different.
And that the lining has no plastic insert.
I now have to go back to the drawing board and refine this design. I will make another using the plastic plate and maybe recycle a plastic juice bottle. (This plastic is a bit thicker.) I will not put a form in the lining but stitch it straight into position and then use the joining method used in my old pod. It will be interesting to see what the outcome will be.