Sunday, September 11, 2011

Goodie Swap sewing!



So, because I really have nothing else on my agenda at the moment (la la la, fingers in the ears, not thinking about my mammoth to-do list!!!) I decided to take part in Cindy's Goodie Swap 2011. I blame Cindy for thinking up such a great swap, but she is not alone. I blame Judith, Hadley and Susan too. Yes, it is ALL your fault that I couldn't resist. As Judith so eloquently put it a few weeks ago, I am a SUCKER!!

Anyway, now that I have my little blame game out there in the open I have to say I got 2 of the best partners ever. I was so thrilled and just hope they like what I make for them. Being all quilted out trying to write up my Across the Sea QAL tutes for the back this week, and coming down with a nasty flu type bug at the end of the week, I wasn't in the humour for anything too major in the way of sewing, so yesterday afternoon when I felt human again, I took out some of the lovely Aviary 2 fabrics that I got from River Fabrics (swoon!) and decided to make a little something for partner 1. I thought she might like a needlecase so of course, without any pattern, I just sketched a few lines out on graph paper, decided not to overthink it and just went for it! It turned out pretty good although my seam ripper got used a little bit :-)

I put in a little pocket and some tabs on one side:

 

And a zipped pocket on the other side for thread and measuring taper or any other little bits that might fall out!


Both fabrics are from the Aviary 2 line and I added a plum solid to compliment them. I put in two sheets of wool mix felt for needles and pins - luckily I had the right colour in my felt box! 

On the outside, I fussy cut the fabric to give me the bird on the front, and I covered a button with the inside fabric for the closure. I used a little bit of lavender coloured ribbon as the tie, and finished it with some purple buttons I found in my button box.


On the front, I quilted a little box around the bird and I quilted straight lines on the back. Lastly I decided it needed a little pincushion to finish it off and I had a perfect off cut from my fabric cutting to use - I decided to make another bigger cover button as the feature on this - I'm addicted to these lately!


So, I really hope my partner likes this. If she doesn't I will quite happily keep for myself!!
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36 comments:

Manda said...

Love these with all the little details...buttons, fussy cutting, little tabs inside! Just beautiful! :)

Isisjem said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Want! Need!

Judith said...

Oh Sarah these are stunning & ingenius! Ignore Jan and give them to me instead, seeing as how I'm responsible afterall!!! Sorry to hear that you've been poorly. Hope you feel better soon. Jxo

L&M Creations said...

They are beautiful! My favorite colors. :)

patchworkdelights said...

wow they are gorgeous Sarah, love the needlecase gorgeous work! Hope you feel better soon!

Rachael said...

o wow these are gorgeous you partner is going to love them

Sheila said...

No - me, me.........I am in awe, they are so beautiful.

Amanda said...

These are wonderful! Love the fabrics you used!

Mary Menzer said...

Great job fussy cutting, and the pin cushion is adorable. It looks like a doll pillow

Flying Blind... said...

You see, getting you involved in these things is purely selfish, otherwise how else could this be mine?

Sarah said...

I hope you're feeling better soon, though it clearly hasnt impared your sewing ideas, that is absolutely lovely. I was ooh-ing and awww-ing enough and then I saw the zipper pocket... OMG you put a zipper in it too. Wow. I am in awe...

Kritta22 said...

Ummm do I hear another tutorial?....

PLEASE!

diane said...

ANd if your partner does not like these, I will gladly take them off your hands.

Leanne said...

Those are beautiful! I think your needlecase is just brilliant to have a zipper pocket!

Katie B. said...

This is so sweet! I'm wishing I was in this swap so I'd have a chance at these goodies!

Katy Cameron said...

They're fab, love them. And I'm trying not to laugh too much about how many of us are making sewing kits (uh, yeah, guess what I'm taking a break from right now lol)

Jennifer said...

This is amazing, I love your idea and the needle book! so clever of you to just think it up!

Toni said...

So beautiful! I'm sure your partner (better be me) will love it!!

Jessica said...

Oh I just love this! That little needle book is so clever! Love all the tabs and zippers. Wish I was in this swap so I had a chance to receive this!! Great job Sarah, your partner will be so so happy, I'm sure!

Quilter in the Gap said...

These are fab! Great job! I also blame Sarah & Hadley for me joining! Those two are trouble.

Patchwork and Play said...

By golly, you are clever!!! I envy your creativity! Your partner will LOVE it!

Live a Colorful Life said...

These are just so sweet--the fabric, the design, EVERYTHING!!

Annabella said...

Absolutely amazing. The design. The fabric. How beautifully it is made. Wow.

Aideen said...

they're beautiful, Sarah, i adore the material and colours you used. would love to see how you made them, they would make a great tutorial sometime when you get the chance!stunning altogether.

Kathy said...

These are more than a little sweet - well done!

Lynne said...

Ooo, lovely!

SewHappyGeek said...

How sweet! I love the birds, they're kinda my thing. looks pretty damn good for a few sketches and not much math! lol you rock!

Dianne Neale said...

This is super. I love the fabric too. I did say I like purple didn't I?

Rebecca Lynne said...

Chica, if your partner doesn't like this you can send it all my way thank you very much! The aviary line paired with that purple? Oh delicious. This would be the PERFECT thing to have while traveling with my smaller sewing projects. What an inspiring project! Thank you for sharing...

Karen said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I'm so in awe of you just sitting down with an idea & coming up such wonderfulness!

Megan said...

Gosh, if your partner doesn't like it--send it this way! :) It's awesome! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

colorchic said...

Super Cute! I really need to get better at putting zippers in my projects. Great project!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Love, love, love!! Any chance of a tutorial? Pretty please with a cherry on top?!

Elisa Black said...

Your goodies are amazing!! I love the fabric and the covered buttons are such a nice detail. Your partner is very lucky!

nerospostandpatch said...

Ooh I just love this! You have designed it so well thinking every detail and the fabrics and colours are so wonderful!

UKMUMINUSA said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, I am in a swap at the moment so I am currently stalking my partner and she had added this needlecase to her favourites. I so wish you had a tutorial as I would love to make something like this but I am zipper challenged so always need pictures and instructions!