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!
there is even a pin cushion and needle book
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