I'm writing a new pattern for this sewing "book" because I needed a fun project (basically, it's like my needle book, but on steroids). Did I mention I'll be teaching at the Swapaholics Retreat coming up in September in North Carolina?
It's a weekend for sewing, swapping, learning new tricks (haha!), relaxing, socializing. I'm so excited to meet so many amazing, inspiring, and supportive women I've gotten to know on the internet ~ some of them going back for years from the days when I was only on Flickr! It took me a while to figure out what to teach at the retreat, but I'm pretty much in love with this sewing book. It's got handles and pages, a sturdy spine, and lots of pockets!
Since this is the first "book" I've made, I'll be improving it slightly before I write the pattern, but it won't be too different from this:
There is a divided inner front pocket, and I planned it precisely for the job of holding my favorite Gingher embroidery scissors. The flap holds them in perfectly. I also appliquéd a 1/2" hexie on the inside of the front cover ~ it hides the stitches that secure the button to the front of the book. Totally unnecessary since the stitches didn't look bad, but a nice touch since my button stitches don't always look neat on the backside.
I've put only two "pages" in my book. One is a felt page for pins and needles. The other is a pleated pocket with a flap. Because the pocket is pleated, it can hold thicker items easily. A zipper or snap would also work great here but I wanted to explore options for the person who might not have extra hardware on hand. Two buttons and a length of twine works great!
There is a back pocket and it holds my favorite Lecien cross stitch patterns, which I like to take on the road with me along with a ball of my six-strand embroidery floss "scraps" from previous projects. (You never know when you'll have a few moments to cross stitch a little cutie that can later be incorporated into a project.)
And ~ I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that there's a whole lot of blank space back here and I'll have to add in a few more pockets. Cause pockets are way too much fun!
If you're interested in attending the Swapaholics retreat, I just found out today is the last day for sign ups and it definitely deserved a shout out. Go to www.swapaholic.blogspot.com to sign up and I'll look forward to meeting you there!