Feb 282013

I’ve been continuing my short-attention-span project kick, so very quickly, here they are! I made a sewing kit for my sister’s birthday present using Michelle’s zip pocket pouch pattern.
Stacy's sewing kit

I added felt to hold needles and two twill loops in the open pocket to attach a pair of snip scissors and a bobbin of thread. I also put a thimble and extra colors of thread in the zippered pocket. The smallest size of this pouch is a nice size for carrying around some sewing essentials without taking up a lot of room in your bag!
Stacy's sewing kit, inside

Since I bought the ditty bag pattern recently during a $5 Friday, I made a couple of them to help justify the purchase. :> These are both the largest size; the blue one is for holding my after-having-given-birth toiletries, and the red one is for my parents (my dad declined to offer input on the fabric, so I chose what I thought my mom would like).
pair of ditty bags

Finally, I made a couple more kleenex pouches for another friend who uses them. I still haven’t made one for me, though!
more kleenex pouches

May 072012

I really love sewing down binding by hand, but my current hand-sewing supplies bag is pretty disorganized, and I have to rummage around for things that are floating around separately in there. So instead of working on Mothers’ Day presents (which are obviously due soon) or a baby quilt (that I need to get done by July), I made myself a binding sewing kit.

I made the small size of Michelle’s zip pocket pouch, and it’s just right for holding only the things I need for binding sewing.

There are chairs on the inside because of Daddy bear, Mummy bear, and Baby bear… geddit? har har.

I added a piece of felt for needles and a loop of twill tape on each side of the slip pocket. Then I twisted small rubberbands through the twill loops to hold my new thread snips (I’m so excited about these) and a bobbin of thread.

I was sad when I realized that I should have cut the zipper pocket piece the other way around since the bears are all upside-down, but then I insisted to myself that when I take my binding clips (dollar store hair clips) and thimble out, I’ll have my sewing kit this way so that the bear family will be right-side-up. Retconned!

The adorable grandma lady who taught the sashiko class I attended told us that if you use wool felt for your needles, they won’t rust. Is that really true? Anyhoo, I’m linking to Clover and Violet’s Summertime Adventures Sewing Kit party. I really want to finish a quilt just so I can use my new sewing kit! :>

Sep 222011

First up, a needle book for my sewing machine needles!

Up til now, I had an unnervingly disorganized storage system for my machine needles; it was something like:

  • Used, weird-sized, non-jeans needles were in the same tiny tupperware as my filled bobbins
  • Jeans needles, both used and new, were in the little paper package I bought them in
  • Old standard needles for foundation piecing were in one paper package
  • Brand-new standard needles were in a different paper package
  • My current used-but-not-old-enough-to-use-for-foundation-piecing needle always got put back in my machine so I knew where it was

Then since I wanted to make a sock skellington and so was going to open up a package of ball point needles, I neurotically needed to make a machine needle book to organize everything, first. Aheh.

I used two charms that I got from Hoosier Toni in Stitchery Dickory Dock’s Feeling Fussy Modern Fabric Swap. At first, I just wanted to keep them whole since the prints are so cute, but then I scolded myself that I must be bold! Must cut fabric! Thus, the super duper exciting exterior you see above.

I sewed pieces of ziploc bag on the inside to make pockets into which I could slip scraps of paper for keeping track of what needles were on which page. And then the part of me that is ever so slightly OCD breathed a sigh of relief. Machine needles organized, yay!

Next, a couple more baby squishies and a ribbon blankie for Mr. Yazoo’s expecting cousin. This time, I’m making tags for them so that his cousin knows they’re machine washable and such. I think it’s really cute when I receive Etsy stuff with nice wrapping and tags and things, but I’m too cheap to really put any money into making my own; this one’s made out of a Jamba Juice paper bag. (I haven’t put tags on the other two because I can’t remember what the baby’s name is going to be — the big squishie is for baby’s older brother.)

Finally, thank you to Crafty Staci, who sent me a super cute tea cup cozy thingoo since I was one of the winners of her giveaway! By this point, Cosmo was really antsy and kept grabbing things I was trying to take pictures of, so this is the best picture I could get of the cup cozy. 😀

Aug 072011

My sister was interested in learning how to make the pentagon baby squishies, so I brought over all the supplies to show her. She really liked my spring loaded scissors, which I also love, but usually only use at home since the point is so sharp (I keep them in a plastic jar). I think we’re going to go to Fabric Mart tomorrow to get her her own pair, so I made her a case so that she’ll be able to carry it around without poking holes in things!
carrot scissors case
The bunny button is from shop4craft’s store.
with scissors in
I looped a hair elastic at the end of the carrot greens to go around the button. I didn’t want to sew it in because I wanted it to be easily replaceable in case it broke.
showing the rubberband
I wish I had a case for myself so I could always have my favorite scissors with me, but I’m too lazy to make a second one. 😀

I’m linking to Clover and Violet‘s Stash Project of the Month — I love making little things from stuff I already have in the house!