Just some little things I’ve sewn up in the past couple of weeks. The centers of the top two mug rugs have my Halloween fabrics, and the bottom bag is of a design I recently added to Spoonflower. You can find all three here
My friend Jessee and I joined the DC Modern Quilt Guild and signed up for one of their swaps right away. I made this travel sewing bag by starting with a design to make a makers tote
(love this pattern) but then I made a few changes. I made a quilted front pocket, made the tote a bit longer, and added the zipper along the top edge. I added gummi bears since my partner said they were her favorite, and a few other small goodies which I didn’t photograph.
The swap had some questions to fill out explaining things you liked, and my partner said “bright + saturated colors, neon, linen, chambray, metallic. i like everything from the florals in flower sugar to the minimalism of carolyn friendlander. have fun!” so I wanted to combine chambray and bright colorful fabrics with a little bit of neon. I had to order the chambray and the pink dot because I knew I wanted to use both of those, but the rest of the colorful stuff actually came from my stash. I even had a little bit of neon from the Cotton & Steel fabrics, so it worked out really well.
I have a favorite kind of sketchbook (paperchase’s A5 plain paper spiral bound $8 notebook
) so I have several blank ones on hand, and decided to sew myself a cozy to keep my current sketchbook and pencil in. Since I knew I would be using the same size sketchbook for as long as possible, it was easy to measure the one I had, add 1 inch around (.25 seam allowance and .25 around each side for wiggle room) I used my current favorite method of finishing the edges with bias tape. I made a quilted front using my Technicolor Halloween fabrics
, and Kona cotton. I had so much fun making it that I have been trying to think what else in my life I need to sew a cozy for. It’s been very handy to as I used to set down my pencil and then have to search around the house every time I wanted to draw. Now with the zipper, my pencil gets closed up inside the cozy.