a treasury of applique

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Given the choice, I prefer hand sewing over machine and appliqué has got to be one of my favourite techniques.  It’s like a form of art, I guess – the way you can take the teeniest, tiniest scraps and layer them, so as to build a picture out of nothing.  The down side to this, of course, is that I find it difficult to throw even the smallest piece of fabric away.

I recently made a little appliqued sewing caddy and it has been getting such a lot of attention from fellow stitchers that I thought I would share it here on my blog.

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I first saw the pattern by Hitomi Fujita in one of my quilting magazines, yonks ago, and I fell in love with it straight away (Australian Patchwork & Quilting, Vol.4, No.6).

Australian Patchwork & Quilting MagBut, you know how it goes – it went down on my ‘to do’ list and then was forgotten about, until a few months ago, when I was flicking through my collection of old magazines (I can’t throw them away either :)) and I came across the pattern again. 

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I’m so glad I didn’t just file the pattern away again, because now I have the most wonderful little home for all my sewing essentials.

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There is a place for everything, from my embroidery scissors

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a small fastener ensures that my scissors stay securely in place

to my tape measure and leather thimble

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pockets where I keep my pins, embroidery threads and the all important stitch ripper!

Sewing Room Secrets Sewing Caddy10places for a ruler, pencils and threads

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there is even a pin cushion and needle book

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Sewing Room Secrets Sewing Caddy7The great thing is that the needle book and the pin cushion are both detachable from the pouch, as they are secured in place with velcro. Genius!

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but, best of all, I got to do lots of lovely applique on the outside

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This labour of love is now one of my most cherished creations ….. every stitch holding a memory of thousands of tiny seconds of time spent in my sewing room doing what I love most ♥

Happy stitching everyone!

** Edited 21.12.13**  I have had many requests for the pattern for this sewing caddy. Unfortunately, I don’t know where you might obtain the pattern these days – some of my readers have tried contacting the magazine, but unfortunately they have not been very helpful 😦  I do know that some people have managed to get a copy via Ebay and others via Bonanza.com or by posting a request on quilting forums.

Under copyright law, I am at liberty to publish my own photographs of my interpretation of the design, so long as I give credit to the source and the designer (which I have done in this post) but, unfortunately, the copyright for the design lies with the designer (which is not me!) and so I am not able to re-distribute the pattern in any shape or form, sorry. Natalie x


56 thoughts on “a treasury of applique

  1. Well your version of the original pattern is really really cute & stunning at the same time. One can see a lot of love has gone into it. You have definitely inspired me to try something similar!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi …would it b possible to get the pattern from you …i did have the pattern years a go but couldn’t find it …please let me know if it possible….regards lisa

  3. This is really gorgeous and I think that your interpretation is much prettier, lovely vibrant colours and your flowers are lovely too. What a great present it would make for anyone who loves sewing. You could also fit it out differently inside for other uses, jewellery, makeup, ….?

  4. I have been searching and searching for this magazine for months, but have not been successful. This morning I found this pattern, by Lori Holt, and ordered it immediately. It’s not the same, but I think it is as close as I am going to get. I also think you could find an embroidery pattern to make the outside more like the kit pictured here, and I am going to add little pockets for pencils and thread.

    Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/116652198/stitchy?ref=shop_home_active_2

  5. Hear, hear! I completely agree with all comments already posted: exquisite work made with such great taste (love your personalized details), and beautiful photos to add to the enchantment. I am so happy you share this beauty with us. Last year I spent days and days trying to figure out the measures and how to somehow imitate the design of this sewing caddy. Then a miracle occurred: I found the magazine on eBay – and am now busy (very busy) making my own little caddy. I never would have even thought that such a thing existed before finding it on your blog, so thank you very much!

  6. Found you through pinterest. Thank you for sharing the lovely detailed pictures, they were a visual treat! I also appreciate you explaining copyright with regard to this project. It’s something I try to be respectful of but it can be difficult to know what you can or cannot do with regard to copyright.

  7. I have this pattern from the pages of the magazine since it first came out and all I have done is the basket weave part. I didn’t know how to really do appliqué at the time and put the project away. Looking at yours made me go get mine out. I feel for those who want this pattern because I spent many an hour just going over this and trying to figure it out and soooo wanting it complete! Your work is beautiful and I know you will enjoy using it for many years to come.

    • buenos dias, yo hace años que busco la revista para hacerlo y no lo consigo, estoy enamorada de este costurero
      no sabras por casualidad donde puedo conseguirlo

  8. This is the most adorable sewing caddy I have ever seen. The detail and colours, I just love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. All I can say is- Simply Stunning! Not only a labor of love, but a beautiful gift you have given to all of us by sharing such detailed photos of your ‘art work’ ! I can only hope to make a piece like this some day. If you have a source where we may find the pattern without too much trouble, please share that also:) Thanks so much!!

    • Thank you for your kind words Connie! You really brightened my day :)!

      Unfortunately, I don’t know where you might obtain the pattern these days – some of my readers have tried contacting the magazine, but they say that they only have back issues for the last 6 months. I do know that some people have managed to get a copy via Ebay, so you might try that.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment and happy stitching x

  10. hello Natalie!
    i first saw your wonderful and beautiful sewing caddy and was like “wow”. this is so amazing and cute and detailed – just pretty! so the problem is that i can’t find the issue here in germany, but would like to make one also. so i guess i need to follow your great close-up pictures and improvise. or do you have any idea how could i get a copy of the tutorial only? i would be very appreciate. thank you! kind regards from berlin. olga

  11. Many thanks for the information……Unfortunately only the last six months copies are available. However, the magic news that I went to my tatting group on Saturday and a wonderful friend has now lent me her copy of the magazine….I have been looking for this sewing caddy pattern for over 4 years…… now I have purchased ‘special’ material and am busy cutting out the pieces…just how lucky am I…..a big THANK you….all assistance and help has been appreciated by me


  12. Just love the sewing caddy…do you know where I can purchase the pattern as I would love to make one for myself. You have inspired me.

    • Hi Annie the pattern was in Australian Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Vol.4, No.6 and it was published by Express Publications Pty Ltd. You could try contacting them to ask if you can purchase a back issue. There is an email address at the back of the magazine – EXPUB@webcom.com.au. Hope this helps.

  13. I saw yourstunning appliqued sewing pouch and just had to find the magazine. I orded it and just got it in the mail yesterday. I can’t wait to make mine.

    • Oh Belinda, that is great news that you were able get a copy of the magazine! I hope you have as much fun as I did making your sewing caddy and I would LOVE to see the finished article. Exciting! X

  14. I thought your stitching on the outside of the caddy was very nice, but then you opened it up…. I am just stunned by such a little beauty! I cannot wait to make one like this. Thank you thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your lovely compliment Cari. I love how you have used the word ‘INSANE’ – made me chuckle (must remember that one!). Really though, I’m so glad you like it and thanks for stopping by my wee blog for a browse. Have a lovely day x

  15. Hi Natalie,
    This caddy is gorgeous! Thank you so much for your comment n my blog and your nomination. Sadly I can’t pursue it, as i just don’t have the time these days, but I wanted you to know how delighted I was. Your blog is lovely, and I’m so pleased to have met you!
    Warmest wishes
    Jules x

    • Thank you, Jules, for the lovely compliment on my wee sewing caddy! No worries about your nomination, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that you would like, I know. I will continue to enjoy reading your blog and I hope our paths will cross again very soon. X

  16. I love this sewing caddy, think the tape measure holder is especially cute. Just found your blog, got you in my bloglovin now so looking forward to reading more

    • Hi Becca, glad you liked the little sewing caddy – I loved making it! I just love all the wee cute bits to it – I’m a sucker for cute stuff! And thanks for signing up to follow all my stitchy ramblings 🙂 x

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to hear what you have to say - it really does brighten my day! Natalie x

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