My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Take four....

Take four of these....
and four of these....
Insert them into four of these....
And this is what you end up with...four of these.
These are the sewing kits I made my nieces this year...one of them needed a sewing kit for her military-type training so I decided all 4 sisters could have one..they're all at that leaving home/left home stage.
The pattern came from a British Patchwork and Quilting magazine and was quite straight forward and fun to make, although there was more hand sewing involved I realised. The outer edge is hand stitched around 3 times (one for the binding and a double row for the zip)(!!)-- however it did give it a neat finish so I was happy to do it that way rather than short-cut it with the machine.

More sewing I did for this Christmas was this kitchen set.  I used some gorgeous New Zealand Pohutakawa fabric and was pleased with how it went with the striped border fabric. I also decorated a kitchen hand towel to go with it, but it's not in the photo.
Oven mitts with a plastic bag holder.
I used one layer of Insul Bright and one of cotton batting in the mitts. Initially I thought the two layers might be a bit bulky but they weren't - and hopefully will be nice and protective.
We have a wet day here today so I think I will be able to spend a bit of time in my sewing cave sorting out my scraps from my Christmas projects and organising myself for more sewing :-) Fun fun fun nothing better than rummaging and rolling in fabric!
Thanks for visiting,
happy stitching,

14 comments:

Kelli said...

Those things are all so gorgeous, and useful! What great gifts to make. :o) I'm sure they were very well received!

Leeanne said...

OMG another one who rolls in her fabric....I thought I was all alone in the world!
Cool wee sewing kits and matching pincushions, I like the look of the zips, it gives them a nice professional finish.
Apart from popping in for coffee and lunch with hubby , I too am hiding out in my cave, looking at fabric and when I think no one is looking a good roll!

Joanne said...

Great sewing kits and kitchen set - beautiful fabric.

Charlie and Wendy said...

All the gifts you made look wonderful, you have made a beautiful job of them. Sounds like you have the perfect day ahead, have fun!

Julia said...

Gorgeous gifts Raewyn! I just love that pohutukawa fabric. :0)

Melody said...

You are so clever. your gifts are gorgeous.

Maria said...

What terrific gifts you stitched for your family.
The sewing Kits are great.
It is also a good sewing day here as it is over 40 deg cel. Sewing in the cave with the air con on seems good.
Enjoy your sorting and I hope you get to stitch.

ashenka said...

I love your sewing kits!! I'm dreaming to make something like this.. :)
Happy New Year!
Masha

Mary Ann said...

So lovely, Raewyn! Love your fabric choices in all your projects! Will have to read what you been up to, as it's been awhile since I visited you! All the best from Denmark!

Shirley said...

Great ideas Raewyn. Have fun in the cave.

ms lottie said...

I've been enjoying looking at all your Christmas stitching - but I'd like to know where you got that blue sky from in the top pic - I haven't seen any for days and days!

Cisca said...

Thank you for your sweet wishes on my blog, Raewyn. I wish you all the best for 2012, too. With much time to quilt.
We had a holiday on the island Madeira this Christmas and when we were back I got fever, But now I feel a little better and will soon be able to write on my blog again.
I admire the lovely sewing kits for your nieces, I, I bet they like them, and the kitchen things are very nice and useful!
Hugs, Cisca

Valentina said...

How Amazing, Raewyn, I really like the sewing kits! What a lovely and thoughtful gift- wow! :)

Cat said...

Are the oven mitts difficult to make?
i could make those as Christmas presents this year?