Speaking of vacation, I’ve put together a little round-up of some fun travel related projects.
- photo by Jamie via http://www.sewshesews.wordpress.com
A flat iron case from Char at Crap I’ve Made.
A travel document organizer from Laural at Thimble
A make-up brush roll by Susan at Freshly Picked
A boxy dopp kit from Kaelin at The Plaid Scottie
and I finally get to use my Weekender bag! We’ll see how it holds up in a jaunt across the country. I plan to use it as my carry-on and I really hope it will stow safely under the seat in front of me.
I’ve made a few other things along the way that get used when we go on trips. The first thing was a request from Chris who travels the world for work: shoe bags. He had gotten one with a super fancy shoe purchase and then we realized we both needed them. Badly.
Here are some I made from a selection of his old dress shirts. I’ve lined the interior of the bags with some soft flannel I had lying around for an extra layer of shoe protection.
And here are some I’ve made for my mom. I learned a few things from the first time around, namely don’t be afraid to make them too big. Ours are a little snug, but mom’s shoe bags are nice and roomy. They are really just a simple drawstring bag (but a little larger) like this one here at Sew 4 Home.
Another thing I’ve made, courtesy of last years February issue of Martha Stewart Living, is this tie envelope. As previously mentioned, Chris travels the world for work and thus needs a way to transport his ties.
Were I to make this again, I would defiantly add some heavy weight interfacing or maybe even cardboard to stiffen the sides of the envelope a little better. Overall, however, it works pretty well.
Do you have any fun things you’ve made to travel with? Do tell. And don’t worry, I may be going on vacation but I’ve prepared enough posts to get through my time off. You wont even know that I’m gone!
A trip to the fabric store where I bought this beautiful Echino fabric. I know I’m a little behind here, but I could never spend the money to buy the Echino when I didn’t know what I would do with it. I just admired it from afar. Well, there was an Easter sale on Friday and I went for it and am so happy I did. I’m thinking maybe an accent pillow.
I used to carry a sketchbook with me everywhere. I did this for four years from 2002-2006. In an effort to rekindle my ‘sketchbooking spirit’ I’m sharing excerpts from those sketchbooks here, every Friday.
I spent the summer of 2005 studying in Scandinavia. It was beautiful and perfect. I briefly contemplated marrying a Dane so that I could continue to live in Copenhagen. Alas, it was not to be and at the end of the summer I came home to Ohio. I took a few small jaunts to other countries while I was over there. It appears that on July 29th I flew to Vienna for the weekend with some beautiful ladies. We wandered around the city staring at buildings that looked like they had been dipped in frosting and drawing, drawing, drawing. This page is from that weekend.
It’s a pretty typical page from my Europe sketchbook, a building, some vignettes. What I really like about this page are these:
Those are building profiles. Shading out the details really allows the ornate profiles to come through. Interesting. You should try it. How about now?
In need of a last-minute Easter project? May I suggest this duck from Martha Stewart? This is a super easy project that comes together in no time. All you need is 1 wash cloth. I printed out the template from the website, bought my wash cloth at Target and got to work. The pattern calls for the duck to be stuffed with sponge. I originally made this duck for a baby shower and had a hard time finding organic sponges that didn’t come prepackaged with chemicals, so I just stuffed Mr. Duckie with scraps of the wash cloth. Stitch on some eyes and a piece of felt for a beak and you have something that the Easter Bunny will love. Pared with some baby soap and shampoo it also makes a really cute baby shower gift.
In the spirit of “What’s in Your Bag” I ask you, “What’s in Your Sewing Basket?”
My current sewing ‘basket’ started as a basic sewing kit from IKEA that was purchased in a college readying spree.
While most of the original contents have moved on, I still use the plastic box to keep all my supplies in one place.
My sewing box contains:
-1 pair of Martha Stewart Craft scissors given to me by my mom. These are my go to fabric scissors.
-1 pair of Honey Bee scissors also given to me by mom
-1 opened package of class 15J bobbins. These don’t fit in my machine. I bought them almost a year ago because I thought they would and they have been in my sewing box ever since.
-1 box of Dirtz yellow topped quilting pins. I bought these after I was tired of the pins that came with the IKEA sewing kit bending and never being long enough. I love them and their plastic box.
-4 left over IKEA pins
-2 packages of assorted needles
-1 giant embroidery needle
-6 needles fallen out of their package
-7 medium-sized safety pins
-3 large safety pins
-1 package large opening clasps (for wristlets)
-1 white marking pencil
-1 .005 Micron Pigma pen
-1 fine tip air erasable marking pen in purple
-1 fine point Uni-ball pen in blue
-1 Prismacolor pencil in 90% warm gray
-1 Fiskars rotary cutter
-Red embroidery floss #321
-1 package of 3 black buttons. I don’t remember why I bought them.
-1 package of 3 gray buttons. I can’t remember why I bought these either.
-1 tiny bag full of beads from a fancy dress
-1 seam ripper
-1 spool Sulky bobbin thread in black
-1 package of snaps unopened
-1 miscellaneous metal piece, it may be for grommets
-1 list of projects to make and to write about
-1 X-acto knife
-6 bobbins threaded in white, black, gray, orange, red, and white again
-1 zipper foot
-1 miscellaneous clasp
-1 unidentifiable black plastic piece
-2 broken sewing machine needles
-2 in tact sewing machine needles
-1 small scrap of blue and black stripped fabric
Whew! I had no idea that little box could hold so much. So now I ask you, “What’s in your sewing basket?” Let me know. You blog it and I’ll add a link in my sidebar. Good? Good.