This pretty sewing organiser came as a kit from Cross Patch in Wales, and included the pattern, the fabrics, decorative ribbon and the hand painted wooden button. The pattern is "Mushroom Corner" and is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and the fabrics used are also designed by her. The instructions were really easy to follow, and it didn't take long to get the fabrics cut and to start piecing it together. My top tip for attaching the decorative ribbon trimming is to use a dab of fabric glue (I used a Sewline gluepen) to the back of the ribbon to hold it in place instead of pins - this makes sewing it in place much easier...
...inside there are a couple of plastic pockets that needed to be bound along the edges - my top tip for sewing with this plastic (purchased from Amazon UK for about £2.50 for a metre!!) is to use the thin paper it was wrapped in underneath the plastic to cover the feed dogs - this helps to stop the fabric from getting damaged by the feed dogs, and the walking foot helps to guide it along. Then the paper can be gently torn away. It didn't take long to complete the inside of this organiser - it has a few more pockets, and a wool needle keeper too. The palstic pockets are really useful so you can see what is inside and the zippers make sure everything stayys in place!...
...the front and back are layered up with a soft wadding inbetween, and the edges bound just like a quilt with mitred corners. Lynette suggeted sewing the binding on from the inside of the organiser then folding the binding over to the front to stitch in place as it's much easier to sew the binding in place on the fabric front rather than on the plastic inside...
...the cute design on the front has been hand appliqued using the applique paper and glue stick method, and hand embroidered with Valdani threads, and then embellished with this cute ladybird hand painted wooden button. It fastens with a couple of ties, to keep it secoure. This has already been put to good use, and will be in my sewing bag when I head off to all my sewing groups in the New Year.
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