Wednesday, 24 April 2013

laundry bag and travel jewellery organiser

I'm going to Turkey next week.  Nope, I'm not off on a jolly, it's work.  I know everyone thinks that travelling with work is a massive bonus, but it actually involves daytimes in a factory, working, evenings in a hotel room, working, so not so glamorous!

I was supposed to attend the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild meetup last weekend to work on a Weekender bag.  I didn't go.  I'd ordered some interfacing from Jaycotts and it hadn't arrived, it hadn't even shipped.  You can be sure I won't be using that shop again.

Aside from the Weekender (which I actually want as carry-on luggage to hold my laptop, book, crochet, etc etc), there were a few other things I need, so I got to work.


Bag for dirty undies.  Just a very simple drawstring bag with ribbon closure that I can sling in the washing machine with the aforementioned dirty undies.


I've had this washing line fabric for ages, no idea where I got it from though I think it's Japanese.  I lined it with a green print.  I have no idea where that came from either!



Next up I wanted to make a jewellery roll.  I have about a million patterns bookmarked, and there is one in pretty much every sewing book I own, but they ALL focus on rings and (bleurghhh) earrings.  I only wear my engagement and wedding ring, and wear them all the time so don't need somewhere to store them, and I certainly don't put bits of metal through...

... sorry, had to go and puke.  I won't finish that sentence, my stomach can't take it.  In the end I bastardised a pattern from 100 Pretty Little Projects.


I used some Daisy Cottage and half followed the pattern, half did it my way.  The pattern called for binding, but I couldn't be bothered, so did the stitch-right-sides-together-and-turn method.  Hmmm, doesn't work so well with zips.  I unpicked, fine, I'll bind.  Reading the instructions again, it's not actually binding, so I was back to winging it!


Hmmm.  Doesn't close.  Seam ripper, where are you?

I'm still binding this, it's been a nightmare, I'll show you when it's finally done!

15 comments:

heart of charnwood said...

All that freestyling, it's exhausting having to think about it! Nice work on the drawstring bag.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

That washing line fabric is super cute - perfect for a laundry bag.

Good luck with the jewellery case. I got nothing to suggest on that hehe!

pennydog said...

I definitely need a dirty laundry bag for when I go away. I also hate going away for work but luckily I only ever go as far as London. I much prefer using my time in the evenings at home rather than alone in a budget hotel room.

Shirley Cryan said...

I don't think traveling for work is much fun. Loving the laundry fabric. If I starting winging things I end up stresssed, lucking forward to seeing it when you sort it out.

Samantha said...

Good thinking on the laundry bag, don't want your dirty kecks flying everywhere if your suitcase springs open! Will you bring me back a turkey please?

You should have made a travel jewellery pouch, much easier, I whipped one up in an hour in my sunny basement dining room last week and now you're jealous :D

http://artgalleryfabrics.typepad.com/weblog/2012/11/fat-quarter-gang-jesss-jewelry-pouch-by-create-kids-couture.html

moira said...

hope your trip goes well. That bag looks big enough for a fortnight's worth of undies!

Stitched Together said...

Dirty laundry bag is a genius idea. They say that you should use bags like that for delicate undies anyway so it won't only get use when you travel. It's worked out really cute.

Sandra :) said...

Great laundry bag - I don't know why those aren't all over Pinterest because they're so useful ... and necessary! I took a pillowcase with us to Florida last month because I hadn't gotten around to making a laundry bag, but I did find some mesh there and will make one for our next road trip :D

I'm looking forward to seeing your new jewellery roll - if I hadn't noticed whose blog I was reading, I certainly would have known as I was reading that tale, LOLOL!!

Nancy Lee said...

Great idea! I should make something similar for weekends at the cottage -- which is way more fun than work travel. Seam rippers are my best friends. I have several, for many kinds of mistakes.

JoJo said...

Sorry to hear you won't get much time to tour in Turkey. Love the laundry bag...I just shove all my dirty clothes into a plastic trash bag! And my jewelry, I put that in a ziploc sandwich baggie. lol

Jane Galley said...

You had me in stitches reading this, this morning. Perfect fabric for a laundry bag

Stacey said...

Hi Wendy, I've just got back from a factory/work trip in Turkey - be sure to pack in your sunglasses and light cardigans, even when you're not expecting to go outside! Good luck with your adventures x

Celtic Thistle said...

Your laundry bag is much smarter than the "acquired" from hotel plastic bags that I normally use!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I use a pillowcase as a laundry bag. I must make one like yours... much nicer!!!

Ros Ros said...

love your laundry bag. it's perfect for more than being a laundry bag :)