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Hi! I’m Emily from Mommy’s Nap Time. If you’re not familiar with my blog feel free to check it out! I love sewing tiny blocks, paper piecing, and improv. You can find my recent finished work here, and my tutorials here.
Now for the hand sewing fun! Today I’m going to share how I travel with my hand sewing projects. In truth I don’t do a ton of handwork, but I do go to a monthly Stitch B*tch & Brew (hand sewing at a bar!) – so I try to always have something on hand to embellish.
My method of travel is to have one pouch to carry all the essentials, a variety of floss and thread colors, a handful of hexies, needle book, pincushion, thimble, and scissors. If I need to leave the house in a hurry I can grab this sewing kit along with the quilt or project to be worked on, and I know that I’ll have everything I need for an evening of handwork!
I originally designed this pouch for my friend Emily (we have the same name, cool huh?). Emily does so much more hand sewing than I do and she needed something to hold all the essentials. While creating a pouch for her I also refined the instructions, and they’ll be published at a later point. The pouch that I use, is the pattern test – that Emily made to be sure that my instructions worked well! (Yes, she carries one that I made, and I carry one that she made!)
Here are my favorite features of this pouch. It is large enough to hold a medium project – or a 10″ embroidery hoop. The outside pocket provides easy access to the essentials, scissors, needle book, and thimble. Emily made one adjustment to the pattern to include a bit of felt on the pocket flap – to catch those stray pins quickly!
When I am merely stitching down a binding (I do most of those by machine now), I use the smaller hand sewing kit – It holds the needle book, thimble, pincushion, scissors, and thread. Just the basics.
Finally here’s a little bit of hand sewn eye candy. A little pillow I embroidered for my daughter a couple years ago. Teeny little script. She loves knowing that it’s “hers” no one can steel something when it has your name on it!