When only a small amount of a particularly beautiful fabric remains my heart is tempted to fold it carefully, place it gently upon the fabric shelves around eye level, and leave it there to gaze at lovingly for the next however many years.
But my head tells me something else. Use it. And the past year or two I have tended to listen to my head more often than not.
(hope you're not one of those people who hates it when someone begins a sentence with 'and' or 'but'...I used to be like that but now I write how I speak...so I'm forgiven, right?)
The floral fabric inside my new needle/thread/scissor keeper, or as I officially call it, a sewing supplies folder, is one that very much held my heart for quite a while, which is why it needed to be displayed in a forever home. So I made this folder with a 'home' on the cover!
Inside there are roomy white-lace trimmed pockets which can hold larger things than the average needle-book.
So I wonder, do you have a precious bit of fabric you really should take off the shelf and use?
Might this be the next project for you? Mmmm...??
The house design on the front cover is available HERE in my Etsy shop but the folder itself can be made with any embroidery or even fabric alone.
Gather these supplies...
· One fat quarter floral fabric
· 9” x 14” rectangle of medium weight fusible Pellon
· Two, 2 ½” x 40” lengths of red/white spot fabric
· A completed stitchery measuring 7” wide x 8 ¼” (or fabric the same size)
· 24” x 1 ¼” length of white cotton lace
· ¾” x 14” length white lace
From the floral fabric cut-
· One, 7” x 8 ¼” rectangle
· One, 8 ¼” x 13 ½” rectangle
· One, 10” x 13 ½” rectangle
From the 24” x 1 ¼” length of white cotton lace, cut –
· One, 9” length
· One, 14” length
Making the outside of the sewing supplies folder –
Sew the 7” x 8 ¼” rectangle of floral fabric to the left side of the trimmed stitchery and press the seam open. Lay the 9” length of white cotton lace over the seam and sew it in place along the side edges of the lace.
Make the inside of the sewing supplies folder –
Fuse the 8 ¼” x 13 ½” rectangle of floral fabric to the Pellon and machine or hand quilt. I did simple straight lines along the top half, leaving the bottom half un-quilted as that section will sit behind the pockets. Trim away the excess Pellon.
Make the pocket –
Fold the 10” x 13 ½” rectangle of floral fabric in half to give you a 5” x 13 ½” pocket.
Sew the ¾” x 14” length of white lace along the fold (this will be the wrong side) so that most of it peeks out of the right side. Sew the 14” length of the wider lace about an inch below the fold on the right side.
Lay the pocket along the bottom of your quilted lining and pin in position. Score a line down the centre, and two more lines 3 ¼” to the left and right of the centre line. I use a Hera Marker which leaves an indent in the fabric and you sew along it.
Sew along those lines to create your smaller pockets, and sew the sides and bottom of the larger pocket to the lining with a scant 1/8 inch seam.
Assemble and finish…
Lay the front of the sewing supplies folder on to the pocketed lining, wrong sides together. Sew a line down the centre of the lace spine to join the front and lining together. The sewn line should cover/reinforce the centre pocket line we sewed earlier.
Make a length of quilt binding from the strips of red/white spot fabric and attach it around the edges of the sewing supplies folder as you would a quilt with a ¼” seam.
Press the binding away from the folder.
Turn the binding to the inside of the folder and slip stitch in place.
All done! Fill with your supplies and it’s ready to use.
You can see why I love that floral fabric, yes?
I also love the spotty binding and fortunately still have a fat eighth of that left for another project.
The floral is a print from Brenda Riddle's 'Windermere' range for Moda and honestly, I confess to loving all her fabrics. She's also the sweetest gal and she loves Jesus.
10/10 all around for me.
Need another tutorial to empty your scraps bucket?
How about a fabric basket? Follow along here.
Well, I'd best get back to work and prepare some new designs for coming months, plus I have to pack for our mini holiday/road trip this weekend, give the house a general once-over with the dust cloth and prepare a nice meal to freeze that we can enjoy upon returning late at night. I'm hedging towards lasagne at the moment as we can have it for dinner tonight and have the leftovers when we come home.
After time away I love to open our front door to a home that is clean and welcoming, with fresh sheets on the bed and soft towels in the bathroom, a meal that can be easily heated up and lots of ice in the freezer for iced de-caff coffees before bed.
As much as these short and rare times away are good for us, Mr E and I do enjoy coming home again.
What about you?
have a blessed day,