I have been participating in a Sew the Library Challenge this year and I have loved it so much that I have decided to make this a regular Sew Travel Inspired feature. Each month I will have a Sew Book Inspired post. For this post I will share with you one of the books from my library and I will sew one of the items from that book. Like most sewists I have a huge library of sewing books. I leaf through them, drool over the beautiful items but rarely actually sew anything out of them. This way I can challenge myself to sew at least one item from one of my books each month, I will continue linking up with Weekend Doings to Sew the Library each month.
The book I chose this month is one that i have had in my library for probably three years. It is from the Modea Bake Shop designers and filled with wonderful projects and ideas to sew from layer cakes, jelly rolls and more. For those of you not in the quilting world layer cakes and jelly rolls are some of the names given to re cuts of fabric. A jelly roll for example is a 2 1/2 inch by WOF (width of fabric). Precuts are a godsend when you don’t have time (as most of us don’t ) and you want to make a quilt.
I am getting off the subject — The projects in the book are called “recipes” and the recipe that I chose is called Make Life Sewing Kit on pages 75 – 77. It is a cute little pouch and I know just the way I am going to use it. I have a lot of hardware – purse hardware – that I am always searching for in my sewing drawers. I need just the right little pouch to keep them all together. The minute I saw this project I knew it was perfect for this month.
In my sewing supplies I have a lot of hardware-purse hardware and other odds and ends that I use in projects. I am constantly looking through my sewing drawers for something or other and this will be the perfect solution to keeping them all in one place. As you can see I have already put it to good use.
I did a few things differently than the book. the first thing is that i started with a linen bag
I usually save these bags for the zippers. One of the first projects I wrote up on the blog was a Fold-Over Map Clutch and I used a zipper I recused form one of these bags. You can see that project here. I had been harvesting the zippers but I had been throwing the vinyl away. This time I harvested the front and top panels of vinyl along with that section of the zipper.
My zipper was already installed. I was just very careful to make sure that I did not lose the zipper head so I used my binder lips to hold the edges together while I attached the strips to the bottom. I put the right sides together and sewed up the sides and bottom. The final touch was adding the embellishment to the zipper pull.
The project was so simple and cost next to nothing to make as I was did not have to buy anything to complete the project. Don;t you just love little projects like that. I will probably make more. I have an immediate use for a little pouch to put my rick rack in. The last several projects have all called for rick rack and I am overrun with left overs. Hummm, I can also use one for my presser feet. I have so many specialty feet that I can no longer fit them all into my on-board drawer. It would make a cute little nail polish pouch for the granddaughters. Yes this little pouch will come in handy for lots of uses.
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