But how to "fit" the project in? I decided to take the #sewtake20 route ala Night Quilter. What a difference this blog post has made to my sewing life! Well actually, if I'm honest, my whole life, but this isn't a self-help blog, so I'll just leave that comment hanging.
The first 20 minutes saw me sewing a mini charm pack together.
The second and third (and possible fourth) lots of 20 mins saw me adding some rudimentary chunky hand quilting.
and I continued on much that way until the whole kit was finished!
I mostly followed the tutorial, but I did do a few things different to suit my supplies and mood.
1. I chose to make the thread holder out of ribbon - mostly because I don't like sewing small pieces of velrco, but also because I love a sweet bow.
2. Ribbon was also my 'material' of choice for the tie ... for the same sweet bow reason above.
3. Because I used a mini charm park to make the outer fabric (meaning I was using 2.5" squares when the dimensions only required 2" squares) it ended up being too big and I had to trim it down to the correct size. I decided to use these trimmings to edge my pockets instead of another contrasting fabric as suggested. I really like the look of the pieced edges BUT it was a pain to top stitch over the seam allowances. I suggest using a walking foot if you go down that route, it will save you unpicking ugly stitches like me!
4. I pieced together some scraps from the outer fabric and grey fabric inner pockets to create the scissor pocket. Again, because of the pieced seams, it was hard to iron under the seam allowance to top stitch. So to get around this I sewed the scissor case to some scrap fabric (right-sides-together), left some room for turning through. Then I ironed the opening closed and top stitched it to the inside of the case.
5. Finally, because I'm lazy ... and because it matched so well ... I used some left over binding from these quilts to bind the sewing kit. I wouldn't do this again. I cut my binding strips 2.5" wide, which I find great for quilts, but in this case I would stick to the tutorial which suggests 2 or 2 1/4" wide ... unless you are feeling lazy me.
As this sewing kit is a gift I filled it with some extra love ... 2 spools of Aurifil, some lovely little snips (I tied some of the spool ribbon on the end to make it easier to access the scissors from the pocket and also so that you can see that those scissors belong to that kit ... anyone else have specific scissors for each kit, or is it just me and my OCD?).
I also included the leftover mini charm squares from the pack along with some 1' hexie papers, some cute pins and a touch of Merchant Mills.
I think I've used up all of my "sweet" yearly quota making this little gift ... I'll go back to being a bogan now :)
Linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday and Sew Cute Tuesday