This quick and easy sewing case is pretty and practical and would be a perfect gift for a quilting friend. Designed, made, photographed and kindly shared by Brenda Dean.© Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2006
You could make this sewing case from two contrasting fabrics or maybe create a piece of crazy patchwork. Add a few simple appliqué shapes or a touch of embroidery on the flap for an individual look. The sewing companion measures 4 inches x 4 1/2 inches (narrowing to 2 inches) and includes a tiny matching needle case. There's space for your 4-inch embroidery scissors, tape measure, marking pencil and thread. The companion has a simple tassel and button fastening.
Attaching the tassel
Pin the tassel to the right side of the fabric so that the cord is positioned in the centre of the flap and the tassel lies towards the bottom edge. Stitch across the cord through the fabric at the point of the flap to hold the tassel in place.
Making the fabric base
Place the design fabric piece directly on top of the tone on tone fabric piece so that the right sides are together and the tassel lies between the two pieces of fabric (Figure 1). Stitch around the interfacing close to the edge leaving a gap at the lower short edge as shown (Figure 2). For best results use a small machine-stitch, length 2 or less.
Cut around the interfacing through both layers of fabric leaving a scant 1/4 inch from the stitching line. Clip all corners and snip into all angles to avoid bulk (Figure 3).
Turn the work inside out through the gap in the stitching. Use a short knitting needle or wooden satay stick and working from the inside, make sure that all corners are sharp and fully turned.
Press the open seam allowance towards the inside and press flat. There is no need to stitch this gap closed. Press the work, making sure that all seams lie along the edge.
Folding the case and making up
Published with kind permission from Brenda Dean. © Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2006. More lovely patterns available from www.quiltersinternational.co.uk