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When Jennie and Clara first approached me about participating in this series, I was hesitant. Because to be totally honest, I’m not a big hand sewer. I’ve tried English paper piecing, and while I can see the appeal for creating cool designs you can’t easily achieve by machine, it’s just a little too slow for me. But I still get the itch to busy my hands while sitting and watching our shows at night, or when going on a trip. My choice of hand-sewing drug is cross stitching with a side of crochet.
I’m still very, very new at crochet. So new everything I have for it is contained neatly in this pouch! So new I only have one project – a scarf for my daughter for winter. I was sent this pouch as a part of a swap (next pouch swap will be next month on my blog if you’re interested!) and it’s the perfect size – 9″ x 10″ – for my hook and yarn.
For my cross stitching, I like to have a few little ones on the go that are finished quicker and easier to store and travel with. I just finished this pouch last week that’s more suited to what I need! It’s a cross between a project from Ayumi’s Patchwork, Please! and the tutorial from Amy at Lots Of Pink Here (she’s sharing here June 21!), plus some design inspiration from Hadley at Flying Blind On A Rocket Cycle, and is about 8″ square.
I made a smaller version of the panel from Patchwork, Please! – it’s not perfect as mini piecing and I do not work well together, but nevertheless I used it. Inside I have 3 “sides” – the two outer sections have different-sized vinyl zippered pockets with pockets behind them too, and the middle section has felt for my needles and three smaller pockets for bits and pieces. To keep it all together, I used the tie-up option like from Amy’s tutorial as I felt that it would be more secure this way having the three sections. Sure it obscures the front a bit, but function before beauty this time! You can find more pictures and info on my blog.
This kind of travel sewing kit is so easily customized for your own sewing needs. This design as-is would also work for English Paper Piecing – the vinyl zippered pocket is perfect for storing your pieces, and if you made both vinyl pockets zippered, you could have one for basted shapes, and the other for finished pieces!
Things to consider when traveling with hand sewing:
- What are you sewing? Write a list of the things you need to take with you so you can do it – scissors, thread (what type, how many?), needle, fabric, papers, etc.
- How much do you need to take? This will determine what size container you need.
- Where will you carry/use it? For me, I needed things that can squeeze into carry-on luggage with the most space efficiency which meant a hard, plastic container with dividers was not an option. Found in many cheap shops or craft stores for beading or even fishing, these plastic containers are more ideal for sewing in the car as it’s hardy, quickly closed and sits flat.
What’s your top storage tips for traveling with hand work?