There is a song that keeps going through my head by Dolly Parton, called a Hard Candy Christmas. Seems like that will be this year, as we can’t do many of the fun things and social gatherings that celebrate the season. It seems to me that small gifts and heartfelt cards will be more important this year, something easy and inexpensive, but that tells those we cannot see that we care. Along that line, I can now show you a bit of the secret sewing I’ve been working on. I am doing a series of articles for Madam Sew on travel accessories, with the hope we can all travel freely again soon. These would make wonderful gifts for the holiday season, or anytime of year, as well as great items to pamper yourself.
I chose two beautiful fabrics, one a floral and a coordinating dark green tone-on-tone, to make the set. The first installment published on MadamSew’s sewing blog this past week, the Lingerie Case / Book Cover. See that post for complete instructions. Pack your delicates in the deep pockets to keep them from snagging on other items in your suitcase, and also to keep hands off while going through security checks.
This same case is the perfect size for a hardback book. I like hardbacks, and this makes it easy for me to leave the paper dust jacket at home to keep it nice, while protecting the book. And if you are reading something you just don’t want to discuss with strangers, it covers the title nicely.
I made a larger one using patchwork and embroidery for a binder.
This one was made some years ago, during my Victorian period, for the little binder that held all my sewing group stuff. Adding the handles makes carrying it easier.
I sent the next pattern for a jewelry roll to MadamSew this week, and it will publish in a couple of weeks.
After that will come a curling iron case with heat resistant lining, a cosmetic case and a shoe case. I am also working on Autumn Jubilee, tell your friends to follow my blog, this year will be the best yet!!!
What are you sewing this week?
Fat Quarter Shop has a special 20% off the Basic of the Month, 30% the Notion of the Month, and check out the Daily Flash Sale – something new at clearance pricing every day! See all the colorways for Hoffman Dream Big panels, too.
C&T Publishing has several new great sewing and quilting books. See my post on New Quilting Books for reviews on some great titles published earlier this year. Check out this book, Diamond Star Quilts for wonderful variations on a large star pattern quilt. I’ll have more reviews on a post soon.