It’s just the right size for a pocket. I made it for a friend who travels, a little book for essentials – like safety pins and bandaids, an emergency tea bag, that sort of thing. There is also a mini sewing kit built in and lots of good wishes for safe and happy travels. I’m sure it is lucky.
The little toggle is carved from a twig. I made a notch in the center to grab the thread and stitched it to the edge. The loop is thin black twill tape. The book is made from the needle book sewing pattern using just the the page B and C templates. The center page has one big pocket and I double sewed the seams so it won’t tear if it get’s over stuffed.
let’s talk about mending
Not little tears and holes- the major catastrophes like this whole seat blow out. This requires some stabilizing before the sweet patch stuff.
1. Starting with the garment inside out and the tear laid flat and smooth pin a piece of light weight fabric over it. Baste that fabric in place. Put a magazine or piece of cardboard inside so you don’t accidentally stitch the leg or sleeve etc. closed.
2. With the garment right side out use small even stitches all around the the edge of the tear.
3. Turn it inside out and trim away the extra. I didn’t remove the basting stitches because they will mostly get covered but you can if that’s how you roll. Turn right side out and start patching. Having the area stable will save you tons of time in the long run and helps create a smooth, soft and very wearable repair.
I’m still working on these shorts, check out my instagram stories this weekend (@annwood) for more mending and other recreational sewing including hexies.
speaking of hexies
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Did you know this was a thing? I had no idea such a magical device existed until I saw someone using one. I’ve had it for a couple weeks and I love it. Magazine covers are the perfect weight for the punch, it is not effective on anything heavier. Plus I like magazine covers for hexie papers – they hold up well to re-use. You can find the *one inch hexie paper punch here.
And I use *this mini hole punch. The holes are not essential but they do make it easier to pull the paper out and re-use it.
get the free pin girl sewing pattern here
I’m in full summer mode, I love the expanse of swimming, garden, yard sales and sewing outside that is currently before me. I’m also in full packing mode. Again. Moving in a few weeks. Let’s think of it as another opportunity to get super organized…