When I showed you my first version of this sewing caddy last week (here) there was a resounding YES to the suggestion that I share a tutorial for making one of your own.
I spent a little time deliberating which of my orphan stitcheries to feature in the centre and finally decided on THIS one because I had a few fabrics that were perfect to compliment it!
I've refined last week's vintage style caddy by adding ties to the corners so it can be closed when you're not using it, and the modern palette of turquoise and red adds some fun.
So let's get started!
You will need:
One 14" square of large scale turquoise and red floral fabric
Four, 9 inch squares of turquoise tonal fabric
Two, 5 inch diameter circles of large scale turquoise and red floral fabric
80 inch length of 2½ inch wide red and white striped fabric
One 3 inch square of large scale turquoise and red floral fabric
One stitchery trimmed to 6½ inches wide (or stitch my "Bag Full of Daisies" pattern available HERE)
One 14 inch square of fusible Parlan or thin fusible Pellon (thin because the caddy will need to drape over the arm of a chair)
A small amount of polyester toy stuffing
One vintage button
1 yard of cotton lace
One, 1" hexagon template (available here)
Begin by cutting TWO of the 9inch squares in half diagonally to give you four half square triangles...
Carefully centering the point of a triangle with the middle edge of your stitchery, lay the triangle face down onto the right side of the stitchery block and sew across the long edge of the triangle with a 1/4 inch seam.
Press the triangle away from the stitchery.
Sew another triangle to the opposite side of the stitchery.
Trim away the excess sections of the triangles...
Sew your remaining two triangles to the other sides of the stitchery block.
This now becomes the inside of your sewing caddy...
Fuse the Parlan or thin Pellon behind the inside of the caddy...
Trim the inside of the caddy to 12 1/2 inches square...
Fold the remaining two 9 inch squares of fabric in half diagonally and press the fold flat...
Sew a length of lace across the fold, so that some of the lace will show above the fold when the triangle pocket is turned over...
Position the pockets on opposite corners of the caddy so that you have at least a 1/2 inch space between the edge of the stitchery block and the edge of the lace. Pin the pockets in place, but keep your pins away from the outside edge...
Turn the caddy over and stitch the pockets to the caddy with a scant 1/8th inch seam...
Turn the caddy right side up again and trim away the excess fabric from the pocket edges.
Score (or draw) a line up the centre of the pockets. I use a Hera tool by Clover as it creates an indented line in the fabric without marking it...
Sew along this line to create a double pocket.
Make a 1" hexie shape with your 3 inch piece of floral fabric and the downloadable paper hexie template.
(You could also make a yo-yo or Suffolk Puff if you prefer, which is what I added to my first version of this design, but I chose a hexagon for this one as it's a great little place to stick my needle when I'm not using it)
Needle-turn it onto one of the corners beside the stitchery block...
...and sew a line of running stitch around it with some Red Perle #12 thread, or three strands of Red embroidery floss.
I also added some rows of running stitch along two sides of the stitchery block.
Lay the inside of your sewing caddy onto the wrong side of your 14 inch square of floral fabric and pin them together.
Make a length of quilt binding with the 80 inches of red and white stripe fabric.
If you've not made or attached binding before I have a tutorial here.
Sew it around the sides of the caddy, mitring the corners as you go...
Trim away the excess backing....
If you want to add ties to the caddy (my first version did not have them) you'll need 60 inches of ribbon, or fold some co-ordinating bias binding in half along it's length as I did, and sew it closed with your machine.
Cut into four, 15 inch lengths.
Make a knot in one end of each length.
Sew the un-knotted ends of ribbon or bias into the four corners of the caddy, on the floral side...
Fold the binding over to the floral side of the caddy and slip stitch closed with a thread that matches the colour of your binding fabric...
Now let's make the pincushion!
Place two circles of fabric right sides together, and sew around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a 2 inch opening.
Turn the circles right side out, pressing out the edges with a rounded tool such as a very large blunted knitting needle or crochet hook.
Fill with the polyester toy stuffing.
Ladder stitch or slip stitch the opening closed.
Thread your needle with a length of Red Perle #12 cotton thread.
Make a good size knot at one end.
Place the needle down through the centre of the pincushion.
Pull until it is snug - leave the knot outside the pincushion, don't force it inside.
Take your needle and thread over the side of the pincushion and back up through the middle, and keep doing this until you have eight little pillowed sections always sewing your 'pillows' opposite each other as you go because that will assure they are equal distance apart.
The knotted side of the pincushion will be hidden under the pincushion when it's on your caddy, but trim it to 1/2 inch if it's longer than that.
Position your pincushion near the corner edge of the sewing caddy, opposite the hexie.
Sew it in place with a button and more Perle #12 thead - but try not to sew right through the caddy. Hide your stitches in the Parlan under the pincushion.
Tie off the thread with a knot just under the base of the pincushion.