I was excited to receive my pack of trimmings for the Umbrella Prints challenge :)
The pieces I got in my pack ranged from approx 4-6″ in length and 1 1/2 – 4″ in width or there a bouts. There were 13 pieces in total. The packs are all different which is what makes this challenge so fun :) I can’t wait to see more entries in the flickr group.
Within the challenge I also set myself the challenge to use what I had to hand (scraps ( i used natural linen, some off cuts of green essex linen, brown linen & some moda crossweave in teal), threads, buttons, beads, zips etc) and not buy anything to complete the projects I made.
Hmm…but what to make…? I knew I wanted, actually needed, a needle case, it’s been long overdue in the making and too many needles have sunk into pincushions only to be rediscovered with an unexpected ‘ouch’. This seemed the perfect excuse to finally make myself one :)
& so it began with a needle book & I decided if there was enough left over to make another treat or 2, well, then that would be a bonus. I wasn’t expecting to make quite so much though! Every time I finished a little thing there was still a pile of trimmings waiting to be sewn into something. Yay! I just kept on sewing until the little pile was no more and i ended up with a very practical sewing kit for ‘on the move’ sewing. So much prettier than the usual plastic zip locks my sewing bits normally get popped in as I’m heading out the door.
Okey dokes, here’s a breakdown of what everything actually is in case you were wondering…..!
exhibit #1 needle case ::
I had a couple of gorgeous buttons that I had been saving for a special project. They are resin ( I think), set with Australian native seeds, really beautiful. I’m not sure where they are from as they were a gift but they go perfectly with the trimmings colours I received in my pack I thought. I didn’t have any wool felt so I felted a piece of woolen blanket. Loosely based on the shape of this needle case tutorial as I liked the handy pockets, though I omitted the binding, snap fastener and made up my own size. Finished size of my needle book (closed) is approx 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2 “.
exhibit #2 zippered project bag ::
A definite improvement on the plastic zip locks I normally use to transport little wip’s in. I added a lining to make me smile and a divider on the inside to separate any wip on the hoop from other bits and bobs that may be rattling around inside the pouch. I used my ‘go-to’ lined zipper purse tutorial as a base pattern for my zip purses and just changed the sizes accordingly to suit the need. Finished size approx 11″ x 11″. An improv log cabin, some hand stitches, a ticker tape label and a homemade tag completed this project & still there was more…
exhibits #3 & #4 scissor case & mini pincushion ::
I had a tiny little metal zipper from the opp shop, the perfect size for embroidery scissors to fit through with ease. I drew a slightly pointy shape for the purse to accommodate the scissor shape so they didn’t wriggle around too much. I drew around a pair of little scissors and used this as a pattern to embroider one side, the other side is pieced and embellished with random stitches. I lined it with a heavier weight calico to stop the points poking through. Attached to the zip pull is a handy little pincushion. Finished size of scissor case approx 3 1/2″ (at the widest part) x 5″ & the pincushion is a wonky approx 2″ square.
exhibit #5 notebook cover ::
so often when I’m quietly stitching is when ideas for other projects come to mind so I tend to always have a little notebook to hand. But now I have a fancy shcmancy covered notebook to hand.
I had another of the pretty resin & seed buttons to use and then kind of just made this one up as I went along to fit the notebook that normally swims around nude in the bottom of my bag. Finished size approx 5″ x 3 1/2″
exhibit #6 pencil case ::
of course a notebook needs pens and pencils and they now need an equally fancy holder of their own so they don’t feel left out…
I reversed appliqued the ele print. (eek! those elephants are so cute) The zipper was a treasure I had picked up at the opp shop awhile ago, I love vintage metal zippers & this one has a fab ring pull on it. A few loopy stitches and a vintage button for the back & this little ‘doodle’ case was done. Loosely based on the design of this tutorial though I changed the shape & added a lining. Finished size approx 6″ x 7 1/2″
So surely that must be the pile of trimmings all used up by now? nope ;)
exhibit #7 thread catcher.
wherever I go a trail of threads seem to follow so it would be a good idea to try & be neat and tidy and gather up snippets and threads as I go, right? This little soft, boxy thread catcher will be just the thing. I lined it with some wadding & interfaced the lining to give a bit of structure but its still soft enough to fold down to pop in my project bag so I can attempt to be neat wherever I might be sewing. Finished size approx 4 1/2″ wide by 3″ high. eta : pattern now avail! yay!
exhibit #8 covered tape measure
have tape measure. will travel. you just never know when one might be called for. my tape measure was looking a little scuffed & worse for wear & was in need of a new coat. I used this cute tute & attached a heart with Vliesofix & appliqued it it place with some hand stitches. the X’s mark the spot where the retractable button thingy is.
exhibit #9 small zip purse ::
for all those little bits & bobs ~ unpicker, thimble, thread, band-aid( you just never know!), needle threader etc etc etc…. Improv pieced and a mix of machine & hand quilting. I used my fav zip purse tute mentioned earlier. Finished size approx 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2 ”
and then I really was down to the trimmings of the trimmings but waste not want not is my sewing motto so I squeezed one more project out of the leftovers..
exhibit #10 homemade cards
fabric snippets held in place on recycled card with a small dab of glue stick then stitched in place. 4 improv, modern quilt cards. yay.
& that is what I made from my trimmings pack & I love my new travel sewing kit ~ yay for practical pretties :)
…i can’t wait to see what others continue to make as the May 1st deadline approaches…. so fun!