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Stitching for stichers

August 4, 2016

As you'll know if you read my blog, I do make quite a lot of sewing cases…  I also make quite a lot of project bags these days, and there's nothing I like better than making matching sets of sewing cases and project bags; like these two Liberty sets that I recently made for mother and daughter stitchers in Japan:

The purple set using Liberty tana lawn print, 'Queue for the zoo' was Madoka's choice, and the turquoise set using 'Susannah' was for her mom.  They were both a complete treat for me to make, as most things are for me that involve Liberty lawn, but never more so when there's a reasonable amount of hand stitched detail involved, as there is with these sewing cases.  There's the applique of the hearts to the outer front and back, and the applique of the scissor keep on the inside front:

Then there's the quilting around the heart appliques and the embroidery on the back slip pockets, all of which I did with gold metallic thread:

I couldn't resist doing the top stitching of the zip ends with a little of the gold thread too – no; there's no such thing as too much bling.  Of course I added a bit more bling with the crochet metallic closure loops and the pretty domed shank buttons that are so perfect for these larger sewing cases:

I line the zip pockets of the sewing cases with the Liberty prints too:

And add a press stud closure to the big slip pocket at the back – as modelled by foxy:

The project bags are made to my own design, as are all the project bags in my shop.  I like to think that they're the perfect size to be totally adaptable – they're perfect for small knit projects, crochet projects or sewing projects, but are also great for lots of other uses – large make up bags or tool bags – whatever you like really:

When I'm making things like this for sewists though, I am very conscious of the fact and can become a bit obsessive over the quality of my stitching.  I admit that I am already rather obsessive about trying to make everything as perfect as possible all the time, but this is particularly the case when you're making things for other stitchers, who you know will be just as focussed on the detail as you are 😀