Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sewing accessories


 I made a thread catcher and it's perfect for those times I sew away from home.
Here it is folded flat for easy storage from the top.
And ta dah, a quick twist and it opens up.
And voila you have a round mini bucket. Some people are so clever to think up this stuff. I made mine a lot shorter in length and I think I'll make another one even smaller. You can find the free tutorial over at Red Hen Fabrics.
I made it quite a bit shorter than in the pattern because I really only need it for catching threads
I got envious of the social totes I was seeing on the internet so bought the pattern and took four afternoons to make this one.
I knew from what I'd read that it was tricky to put together and it was. To be honest, I have no desire to make another one. I like it but I don't love it.
I couldn't have understood the pattern if it wasn't for the step by step tutorial from here.
And last but not least is this pouch, the famous Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented. It's my new favourite accessory because it has three zippered pouches plus the parts between are great storage pockets as well. I love it so much that I''l be making more than this one when I get the chance. Once again an online tutorial helped enormously with the construction. I chose not to add the pincushion as I don't need it but it has a little felt piece on one side for parking needles.
I've only been able to manage some limited sewing these last months as I had an issue with my right hand that prevented proper movement of two fingers but I'm back to full use now thanks to some cortisone injections and a brace I've been wearing at night.
 
I'm unable to reply to comments for the time being. I'm flying to New Zealand as my Dad passed away and after the funeral I'll be spending time with my family there. Thanks for visiting especially after my long absence. I hope to be back on board in a few weeks.

33 comments:

PatchworkRose said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad. Enjoy sharing memories with your family. Love that zippered bag and the thread holder. Have the pattern to make the zippered bag but it will have to wait til my broken arm mends I can relate very much on the non sewing front.
Take care
Cheers
Lynne

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

So sorry for your loss, Janet.
The sew together bag is great, isn't it? I made one for myself recently, and use it a lot. I plan to make a few more as gifts.

Nat Palaskas said...

Sorry for your loss Janet. Have a safe trip home - Love Nat

Cardygirl said...

Travel safely, I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Oops-Lah said...

I also recently made my first sew together bag and now I can't stop making them ;)! Yours turned out lovely by the way, such beautiful fabrics. Your tote looks interesting but I can imagine that it wasn't easy to make.

And I'm so sorry to hear about your dad passing away. Please accept my condolences. Take good care of yourself.

LONA said...

Blessings to you and yours in regards to the passing of your Dad. Safe travels.

Cissa K said...

Thinking of you and your family at your time of loss. Safe travels.

Robin said...

Such lovely and practical projects! That thread catcher is extra spiffy-- I totally need to check out the tutorial! I'm sorry for your loss, Janet. Safe travels and enjoy your time with family.

Donna~~ said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad, Janet. I was thinking about you and your lovely quilts last night, and wondering how you were. I hope your hand is mended. It's hard for me not to be able to sew, and would imagine it is for you also. Your current creations are all lovely--as always! Travel safe.

Jill said...

Glad you mentioned that you wouldn't make another social tote. Although it is very pretty, personally my limited time is better spent quilting. Sorry to hear about your loss and temporary injury. You have been missed. Come back when you are ready.

Karendianne said...

Janet, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Thank you for taking the time to leave a post with some very cute what I often refer to as "auxiliary sewing" items!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
As always your projects are wonderful, you always choose the best fabrics. You might have convinced me to try a Sew Together bag.

Janet said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad! I hope your trip and time spent with family goes well.
You are sure to make a whole new crop of people envious of your social tote - it looks fabulous! Your new pouch looks awesome as well!
I'm glad your hand is working better again - I can imagine how frusterating it was to be limited in what you could sew. I hope it stays working and continues to improve.

Susan said...

Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope you have a safe trip. Great little projects, but yes, they look tricky!

Createology said...

Condolences for your loss. Safe travels home. Your projects are all wonderful. Blessings...

Pinkadot Quilts said...

So sorry to hear about your dad. Have a safe trip.

Mary said...

Awww, Janet....I am so sorry about your dad. Sorry about your hand too. Take care.

Kaaren said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I feel your loss, Janet.

So happy to hear that you're back in the saddle with respect to your hand issues.

Safe travels and I look forward to seeing many more projects in the future.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

glad you are back to quilting - so sorry about your dad. I too have had trouble with my right hand (thumb) a necessary slow down in handling the needle was needed - love seeing your work always and hope you can get back to your quilting soon

Karen said...

So sorry about your Dad Janet. Life just goes on doesn't it? Your projects all look so happy and practical.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Keep Safe sorry to read about your Dad....your projects are all lovely...

Nyla said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Sending hugs and healing thoughts your way! As always your sewing projects are enjoyable to see and hear about. Take care!

Dee said...

Thanks for your comments about the social tote and its construction. It is much more useful feedback when folks say what they like and don't like about a pattern.
I would like to hear more about the other pattern though. How do you use it etc. what exactly is it that you love?
All the best with your travel plans, especially since they are for a sad occasion. Hopefully you will also get to catch up with others you may not see often.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Take care xxx

Lori said...

Your sewing accessories are fantastic! I find them difficult to make.
Take care and enjoy family time.

Eileen said...

Janet, so sorry to read about your Dad. Being with family at times like this is the most comforting thing you can do and we'll be here when you get back. :)

Good to see you're back to full speed ahead with your hands and I'm looking forward to seeing many more projects.

Take care....

Chookyblue...... said...

sorry to hear about your Dad........enjoy your time with the family.......it is precious..........

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