A while back I mentioned the 100 block challenge that is to sew 100 blocks, one a day for 100 days. The start date has moved to July now so it’ll be a few more months before you see me in action with this. Did you see the cover I made for the book? I’m far too excited about starting!! To get a feel for the blocks and instructions I decided to make some test blocks. Rather than let them go to waste I decided I would use them to make something useful.
Six Inch Sewing Organisers
These are made with blocks number 4 to number 10. I had a lot of fun red fabric at the time so we ended up making them all red. I added them to my finish along list this quarter as one project even though there are three:
This year is all about learning new techniques and skills. Thankfully though I have the sort of mind that I can construct and make without following a pattern. I normally have a vision and can make it happen.
The problem with this though is my sewing skills aren’t tip-top so this whole process has been a learning curve. The first case I made has a zipped pouch pocket and 4 open loose pockets. See top picture below.
Needless to say my workmanship was shoddy. The pouches zip works but is buckled so looks wrong. I caught the bottom of the pouch in the seam so it sits funny. All the other pockets are really loose and over all because of the way I flipped the case it’s just not that good. Conceptually good and functional but show worthy it is not!
The second case is slightly different. I took the bits to my Mums’ house when CABS and I had a sew sleepover. It was the best thing I could do because Mum taught me a few techniques that made case two awesome! This time I opted for a zipped pocket on the case, four little pockets on the opposite side and a cotton reel holder.
From the first experience I had worked out to use a better quality fabrics, they are totally easier to sew with! This time I used the sewing machine to my advantage sewing down the zip and when flipping the project the right way round sewing around the edge to make the whole thing just a bit crisper and neater.
Ironing seams open and flat too! I never used to do this. I do it all the time now! It makes things neater and flatter. Thanks for the tips Mum!
I’ve absolutely loved case two and have used it religiously ever since. Number 3 took a bit longer to start. As I mentioned near the start the outside of the cases are all red before turning into cases I hand quilted all of them onto a batting (a Quilty piece of material) to make them look pretty. By number three I wished I’d machine quilted, it took ages!
When I’d finally finished that though plan three took another good learning curve. I’d seen the use of clear vinyl in one of Aneela Hoey’s book Stitched. I decided to replicate her see through two-way pouch.
Working with Vinyl is a bit like plastic so harder to sew but definitely worth the experience. You have to sew an edge onto the vinyl to be able to sew things like zips to it. I did this for both edges. To hold it all in place I put a grey binding round the outside:
Along with case two, number three is better quality so I am using them both together every day. I love them in combination together. Using the vinyl I can see through means I can store pretty hexies in it to admire without them falling out!
The 100 block challenge doesn’t start till July but I like the size of the 6″ block. I’d like to perfect case one and I’ll probably try to make a few more different ones. They are really useful and small which is perfect for me and the projects I am doing!
If you could have any function in a sewing organisers what would it be and why?
Don’t sew? What would use these little pouches for?