One of my favorite TV-indulgences is upon us! I am not a sports fan, but I cannot get enough skating, bobsledding, snowboarding, or what my husband referred to today as the “shooty ski-fast one.” Huge fan of it all. So, this year I prepared for what is inevitably a two-week break from my sewing machine.
The problem is, for the last several years *all* of my handwork has been done out of my well-loved Sew Together Bag. I’m caught in a never-ending cycle of binding quilts, embroidering toys, basting gussets, and stitching on doll hair. All of which means my Sew Together Bag is in a state of constant churn — being packed and re-packed. That means my long term handwork projects languish in a drawer because they aren’t packed and ready to go. But no more! I decided to sew up a few new sewing organizers to keep my handwork projects prepped and ready for action.
This is such a handy and totally adorable pattern. I made two little modifications to this super easy pattern:
- I decided to give mine a fabric backing instead of vinyl. I just think they are cute this way and it was a great way to use up some partial fat quarters. 😊
- I added a small D-ring to the back of each bag. This way I can easily clip them to a sewing organizer for on the go awesomeness.
- If/When I make another set, I will use double binding strips in the middle of the bag where the zipper meets the vinyl (instead of single binding strips). That way I won’t have to deal with the vinyl sticking to the machine bed, or unfinished edges on the back of the zipper.
I’m so glad to have a neat and tidy place to put some of my WIPS. I hope to make a few more of these with vinyl scraps.
And next! An Inside Outside pouch from Aneela Hoey.
Aneela has the cutest patterns for sewing organizers. Whenever I sew with vinyl I end up cursing, and I was really expecting this pattern to be somewhat of a trial. I went slowly and carefully, but it sewed up very easily with minimal wrestling. I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I chose a seriously fantastic print by Tokyo-Milk that was gifted to me for my birthday. I fussy cut two little vignettes for the vinyl windows, and trimmed them out with a Tula tone-on-tone print. It’s hard for me to go right for my favorite prints, but I’m so glad I did! I did make a few modifications to the pattern below:
- I added zipper end tabs to the vinyl pocket zippers (they are the green stripey bits you see peaking out). I really like to use zipper tabs and think they make for a nice professional finish. I also didn’t have the right size zippers for this project, and the zipper tabs helped me size them down to fit. There are tons of tutorials on zipper tabs, so I won’t explain that part here. The finished size of my zippers + end tabs was 9.75″ to cut down on the bulk at the side seams.
- I added a needle book to the inside of the main pouch. It’s a double layer of 100% red wool, which I trimmed up with my pinking shears before stitching down.
My current EPP project (resized Tula Nova, wooohoo!) is going to live in this pouch, which will hopefully make it much easier to bring along with me when I go out. It will be so nice to have a dedicated home for my EPP project. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get it done this decade?
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!