Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Another Squirrel, and two tiny finishes!

This week I suddenly realised I had a DrEAMi (a project I just had to stitch this minute!) and I was chasing squirrels ..... so I am linking to Sandra's DrEAMi link party, do pop over and see some of the lovely projects that other people were sidetracked enough to make this month.

A few days ago I visited a lqs, intending to buy some fabric to finish one of my cross stitch projects. I only needed a couple of fat quarters, and I'd seen just the ones I wanted on a previous visit but had resisted buying! Unfortunately I couldn't find those same ones this time, but while searching I picked up a whole bundle of fabrics I just knew wanted to come home with me!

There were a couple of projects I had in mind, and I was very pleased with my colour selection this trip.

Now this all started because I wanted to make a mini thread catcher for a sewing friend at my handicraft group. I had one thread catcher already made but decided I shouldn't give that one to my friend because the fabric came from another lady from the handicraft group ..... but before I got started on the thread catcher another idea came to mind.

These thread catchers are really tiny and I decided I just had to make something for my friend to keep the thread catcher in so that, hopefully, she wouldn't lose it straight away.

I remembered seeing a small pouch on Pinterest that had been made for use as a sewing kit. I searched and found the tutorial "Snappy Coin Purse" on Rashida Coleman-Hale's blog i heart linen.

Rashida used fusible interfacing ..... I didn't have any so I used cotton wadding. I downloaded her PDF but found the pattern smaller than my 8" square of fabric so I added a 1/4" all round. My flaps only just overlap so I might have altered the shape by enlarging the pattern, but that's fine, it still works for me!
I just love these fabrics!

Oh, and, of course, I quickly started making the blue and pink thread catcher at the same time.

It was a bit fiddly because I decided the rim was too small narrow first time (meaning the base wouldn't push up inside it properly) so I took it apart and started again. I'm really pleased with the finish the way it looks so far, and I will eventually update my tutorial with some fine tuning. This was the fourth one I've made practically finished, (it was a matter of finish the hem or write my blog post!!) and I think it is the best one so far! 

I even learnt how to use "pie" to find the circumference of a circle (but that's another story) ..... maths has never been my strong point.

there were a couple of other items I added to make it a proper sewing kit.
a plastic insert in the base and  it becomes a
 really handy tray for keeping things together too
The Flashing Scissors

All in all this was a sweet quick DrEAMi project!

Hope you've all been busy stitching this week too!

Barbara xx


Pamela said...

How adorably cute! Thanks for the link.

Christine B said...

This is a great little set of sewing items Barbara and they have been made beautifully! Christine x

Queeniepatch said...

Oh, what a great idea! I had to read the instructions on I Heart Linen, and then realized I actually have the small coin purse it is based on. How clever to use the design for a sewing case.
Will I find the time, I'd really love to make one!
Thank you for this most inspirational blog post, Barbara.
Your choice of fabric is perfect, and what a treat to open the case and find all the goodies you have included, the thread catcher, of course, being the real treasure.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This is such a cute little project. I love the fabrics too. Thanks for the link. I think this would make a great gift too.
xx, Carol

Catherine - Hillview Embroidery said...

Such a cute project! I can see why you would need to make it just now. And good hunting on the pattern! I love thee little purses, so thank you for the link!

Rhona said...

What a great little project! Thanks for the link....although my to-do list just got longer! :)

Bethan said...

What a great idea, and a lovely gift. And I love the fabric too x

Sandra Walker said...

This is just fabulous! I love the addition of the plastic in the bottom to create a little tray. That thread catcher is just so sweet! Thanks for linking up - it's the quintessential DrEAMi!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a cute project and aren't you glad that you learned the value of Pi in school?

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is really adorable, and looks like fun to make! I'm going to have to try one of those myself!

Mia said...

I do not like maths too but I LOVE your beautiful sewing pouch, Barbara!!!!!!!!!! Kisses, my friend. said...

Hi :) I just found your blog and have started following. Love the sewing pouch and I may have to make one for myself after I catch up reading your blog post. Happy Stitching!

Justine said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! You are such a sewing talent.

Birthe Marie said...

What a great little project and such a wonderful gift. The sewing pouch is so cute, and I also love the tread catcher. I´ve also made one of them.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

awww - now that is a perfect little sewing kit! Your friend is going to be so thrilled with it. I still find it hard to wrap my head around just how small your little treasures actually are.

Lin said...

What a gorgeous little case Barbara. Thank you for the link - bookmarked for 'one day'! What a great gift. xx

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oooh I like the snappy coin purse - thanks for the link xx

Astrids dragon said...

That turned out beautifully! Did she love it?!
I'd like to think I could make one, but I doubt it.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, so cute, your sewing kit. Nice accessories that you collected for it.