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« on: February 16, 2011 08:11:38 AM »

My daughter has to see her counsellor once a week. So during 1hour a week, I can just relax and ... embroider! or... quilt!

Thing is, her counsellor is 1hour drive away, plus tramway time, and I needed something to take all I need safely. Till last week, I had a magic solution: my ziploc bag. Useless to say that... well.... was... practical but not crafty at all...

I then wandered on the web, in search of the perfect idea... realising that I knew what I needed... so I took my pen and my craft notebook and started to look into my stash ( I can't afford any crafty supplies for a couple more months... I am SO happy I never throw anything I could use... 'just in case I need it someday').

After a lot of thinking, some embroidery and with the help of my so loved sewing machine ( cheap one, but it can sew through A LOT), here is what I came back with: my own personal caddy!


detail of the embroidery, a freebie found a long time ago which isn't a freebie anymore... (saved on my HD 'just in case I use it someday...'): I appliqued it then embroidered the border with a lot of 'fun' stitches, and added some leaves just because the fabric I used so reminded me of autumn.


and when you open it, you find that:

a zipped pocket on the bottom, to keep my cisors, needle box and other things I need safely, some pockets on the side for thread, and a pocket on the top to keep instructions, tutorial or what nots.

I added a leaf to keep my needles:


i only had a 24' zipper, so I ended with a 8' square. Perfect to hold my hoop. And as I only make mini quilts, it needed to be a bit thck to I could put my UFO along...


I am so happy with it, tried it this week and it's just perfect ( well... I may add some embroideries here and there....)
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011 09:11:15 AM »

Brilliant!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011 10:06:52 AM »

Great job!! Is it your own pattern? Great imagination. Thanks for showing.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011 10:32:10 AM »

I am sure you can find other caddies like that on the web... but yes, it is my own doing ( can't say pattern, I made it as it came). Mainly, I had an idea of what I wanted:

- a zipped pocket
- a pocket to put my sketches and other patterns...
- pockets for my threads
- a zipped caddy, so it doesn't open in my bag and holds everything inside
- a thick caddy, so I can also take my mini quilts

and the size was this one becaus my hoop is 8' and that the zipper I had was 24. If my hoop was bigger, I had 2 options: buy another one, or wait till I find a longer zipper. I also dig in my stash to find some fabric that will be fun to carry every week. And with the colors of the outer one came everything else Smiley. Some batting later, I had the caddy that fitted all my needs ( I know, I don't need much to be happy lol)

After that, I just played around, adding an embroidery because it seemed too plain and that i just fell in love with teh pattern. And between the colors of the fabric and the embroidery came the theme! So I added stitches around because... it was fun, and added leaves, just outlined or filled. Then I realised I needed somthing to hold my needles and I had this red felt in my cabinet... I made another leaf, I appliqued it and there we were! And I think I will add some other things as I will use it...

it really was fun to make, and fun to take.

Now I may make another one for a friend of mine... I may take pics this time, and make a tutorial... I don't know... It can be use as a lunch bag too maybe, or a treasure box.... or... hum.... makes me ponder lol
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011 11:10:59 AM »

Wow. What a great detail job you did all around. I'm in amazement at the zipper you put in. Considering I'm still shaking in fear of putting in a simple straight zipper.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011 11:45:28 AM »

Do not fear! It's a zipper you can fully open (you then have 2 separate half zipper... ), so no probs! You just have to be careful to put both side the right way ( yeah, experience talking lol). then you sew one side of the zipper on one piece, the other one on the other piece. Then, the hardest part is to sew the two fabric pieces the right way so that you can actually close the zipper.... not clear? Well... you can also do like I did: try, unsew, tryagain, till you got it! I am not a zipper master, far from that, but I am stubborn. I wanted this zipper, I had to have it lol!!

In fact the hardes part was to sew this biais all around...by hand... Took me forever... especially with those rounded corner... what did I have in mind when I did those??? Just because I sewed some biais already didn't mean I was able to do a nice job on it... Well, I did my best... but it was a nightmare!
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011 11:55:37 AM »

This is really wonderful.  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2011 05:11:56 PM »

This is fantastic!
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