Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Zakka Style Sew Along week 4 - Sewing Kit

Are you all surprised?  It's week 4 and I haven't dropped out yet!!  I'm still raring to go on this SAL, though there's a quilt coming up and I haven't decided whether to go for it or not yet.  Part of me says "YES, do it!" but another part of me thinks it's a tall order for a weekend!  We'll see.

Zakka Style Sew Along

If you're joining in the SAL, or just want to see what's going on, the link up is here, and this week's host is I'm a Ginger Monkey.  For some reason, I'd got it into my head that this week's sewing kit was going to be complicated.  It's not, but having finished it, I wish I'd made it more complex, a zip pocket would be a great addition for a start, as would a little hoop to hook on the rings I use to hold embroidery floss.  Well, depending on what Sandra says (see below), I might be making another.

It had to be bunny themed!  I used this navy bunny fabric and matched it with a softer flower print and my rabbit stamp came out again, this time to be used with the black ink pad I'd bought.

Nice and simple.  Once again, I had forgotten to buy fibrefill (I bought some last night, what's the betting I don't need it for months now?) so I stuffed this one with my ORTs.  Although I never joined in the ORT thing that's been going on around blogland for a couple of years, I have two ORT jars, one next to my sofa in the living room and one by my sewing machine, it's just a handy place to put threads and they've finally come in useful.

For some reason, I had it in my head that the pin cushion was velcro'd on to the main part of the sewing caddy.  Despite there being no velcro mentioned in the materials list...  When I finished it, I was disappointed that I hadn't added velcro, but I kept thinking it was part of the pattern so would come up soon.  I think I realised it wasn't just after I finished sewing the whole thing up!  I added snaps.  They don't work.  They just wont close.  I hate bloody snaps.

This is the outside of the roll.  I used some cord for closure and added on this machine embroidered rabbit that the lovely Sandra made for me.  And this is where Sandra comes in.  I think I've broken it!  Look!  That happened when I pressed it, but the rest of the white meshy stuff wont come off, what have I done??  Can I fix it??

So there we go.  Week 4 completed, but not to my satisfaction.  I said at the beginning of the post that I'd been dreading making this for no good reason.  Well, in the interests of procrastinating, I spent Saturday cutting and preparing.

Weeks 4, 5 and 6 of the SAL.

4 placemats, 1 pair of oven gloves, an appliqued babygrow and a wine bottle cosy, all waiting to be sewed!  I feel so virtuous!


Celtic Thistle said...

Crikey, you are organised!

I know what you mean about the quilt, it is a bit much to finish in a week/weekend. It would be nice though, and with you being so organised with your cutting you will have oodles of time available :)

Can't help with the bunny rabbit problems but will be interested to see what the solution is!

Amy DeCesare said...

Well, despite the issues, I think it's a sweet sewing kit. All the bunnies are adorable!

susan (moonthirty) said...

Love the bunnies, and *great* ideas about the zipper pocket and emb. floss ring!

Julie said...

Your sewing kit is very sweet. What a shame about your little bunny. I keep seeing such lovely things from the book - it is definitely on my want list. Juliex

Sandra :) said...

That's the stabilizer on the back - I leave it on the stitchouts to give them a bit more body :D I hope it didn't gum up your iron! It tears off nicely, but can make a mess if it gets pressed. The only way I can think of to fix it is to take it off of the project and turn it around - does it still look OK on the other side?

Other than that your sewing kit and pincushion are sweet - I didn't do those projects for the sewalong - I'm only doing the ones I really want to get done. The next one I'm doing is the patchwork pencil case :)

Anonymous said...

The white "stuff" around the rabbit looks like some tear away stabilizer I have used in the past which does sort of "melt" if you iron directly on it. I'm thinking that you might have used the WRONG side of the embroidered rabbit. We'll see what Sandra says. However, you should be able to pull or cut (or melt?) the rest of it off and then it will be fine, right?

W. Latane Barton said...

I love bunnies on anything. Yours are hoppingly cute!!

Allie said...

Oh Wendy it's cute! Bummer about the snaps though...so it had no way of sticking? Hm. I have a pattern for a roll like that somewhere, and it does use velcro.

Sewing for Utange said...

I love your pile of precut fabric - I am thinking I need to do something similar!

Cary said...

Thanks for commenting on my post, Wendy. I love the bunny features on your sewing kit! Off to next week's project!