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.
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).
But, 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.
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.
There is a place for everything, from my embroidery scissors
to my tape measure and leather thimble
pockets where I keep my pins, embroidery threads and the all important stitch ripper!
places for a ruler, pencils and threads
there is even a pin cushion and needle book
The 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!
but, best of all, I got to do lots of lovely applique on the outside
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
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!
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
I no longer have the pattern, sorry!
Hello Lisa, Not sure if you still need the pattern, but I have a copy of the magazine that I had purchased. Let me know if you are interested and we can work out something out.
Hi do you still have the pattern for this???
Do you still have the pattern?
Do you still have the pattern?
Let me know if you still have a copy of the magazine or a copy of this pattern. I don’t mind whether it’s physical or digital. Let me know if we can work something out.
I would also love this pattern details.
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, ….?
Lovely! Read this and got lucky on Ebay finding a copy of the magazine which is now in the post. Another project for the pile 🙂
muyyyy hermosos, muchas felicidades un saludo enorme desde cochabamba- Bolivia
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.
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!
How wonderful that you found a copy of the magazine! I hope you enjoy many hours both making the sewing caddy and many more using it. Best wishes Natalie x
I really love the pattern after you are done can you sell me the magazine.
♥Love, Love, *Love* your adorable little needlework caddy~! So many wonderful ideas.
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.
I love your work and your blog. Just found today. Love this sewing caddy. Do you know what year is this publication?
Hi Terri, the publication does not have a year on it, it just says Vol. 4, No. 6 on it. I am guessing that it must be over 10 years old though. Natalie x
Que bellas LABORES, que hermoso verlas.
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
Your sewing kit is absolutely beautiful – I love all the handwork and unique shapes for the accessories like the scissors pocket and pincushion! I’m looking forward to seeing more of what you’re up to!
Thank you Barbara! So sweet of you to take time to comment and glad you like the little sewing caddy. If you are interested, there is also this little needle caddy that you might like too Happy stitching! Natalie x
Precioso proyecto, te felicito!!!! Divinos todos los detalles, me enamoreeee =)
Can u provide a pattern for this? Would like to make some for the girls at my church who quilt
Love the colors, love the whimsy! Just a delight looking at all the pictures, made me smile! ❤
Thank you Rose x
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.
Thanks for your lovely compliment 🙂 x
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
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
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
Yay! that’s great Annie! I am so pleased you can finally get started on your very own sewing caddy. I’d love to see photos of your progress – you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy stitching! xxx
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.
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
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 Cheryl, I do appreciate you taking the time to comment. X
My goodness that’s gorgeous. I hope you are very pleased with it.
Thank you for your comment, Nicole. I am pleased with how it turned out. I especially loved making all the little accessories for inside the pouch 🙂 x
Wow, this is INSANE! And I mean that in the very best way possible. I am in awe.
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
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!
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
Awww, thanks Katherine. You’re a wee sweetie, thanks for your lovely compliment xx
Oh! what an amazing work! sooooo beautiful, no wonder you make so many nice things, this caddy is the right start for inspiration!
Oh, Irina, you are so sweet. Thank you for your lovely compliment. I just wish I was as confident as you are on the machine! X
ha ha! and I wish I was as confident on hand sewing and choosing the right colour thread as you are!!! I’m finishing one of Lilipopo’s patterns… but it’s soooo far from what you and her do…
I’m so excited to see it!! You will post a photo when it’s finished won’t you?
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