The countdown to Sewing Summit is truly underway. Class registration opens tomorrow, and I am starting to think about how I can best fill the time on my crazy long journey from the UK to Salt Lake City. I'm travelling alone, which I have to admit I love. It's rare that I get a whole day without some kind of interruptions, whether that's the phone, the kids, the husbeast or social media. A long flight gives me total peace and quiet and I can spend it reading and sewing to my heart's content.
I'm going to use my flight time to stitch up some spring carnival blocks, partly to take to my class as samples and partly so I have some stuff to do whilst I'm sat in the bar on an evening at Sewing Summit (and for those folks that don't manage to get into my class, and wanted to, I can show a little very basic how to on EPP). I always, always travel with emergency english paper piecing (EPP). Paper pieces sells little packs that fit perfectly into my little EEPP (emergency english paper piecing) pouch with a needle and some thread and some fabric scraps.
For longer journeys, though, I need to plan a little better.
One of the sponsors of Sewing Summit happens to be Dear Stella. I didn't know that until I went over to grab a travel handmade blog button just now, it's rather serendipitous that my new pouches are made from one of their lines, Maasai Mara that I got from Annie at The Village Haberdashery. Annie has 8 of the prints in from the grey/yellow colourway. I am a huge fan of Dear Stella fabrics, they are really well designed and Maasai Mara is probably my favourite from this season. I knew I wanted to make pouches that would look less 'hey, I make stuff' and more 'I'm so damn chic, look at my fancy shizzle'. You know what I mean, right? Some fabrics seem to look like you made that - which is awesome, and I have a whole house full of patchworky pouches that live in my various bags with emergency EPP projects in (little hexy pouch above is a perfect case in point). As I'm a lady travelling alone I wanted to look like I was a seasoned traveller and classier than I actually am. Maasai Mara looks like I've been to Anthropologie and paid over the odds for a pouch.
So this is what I made....
For my in-flight sewing adventures I've got;
pre-cut papers (already in the pouch)
pre-cut fabrics (in the pouch)
needles and thread
tiny airplane safe scissors
my templates (not really essential for the flight but I will need them in SLC)
part sewn blocks
a glue stick (hiding in the pouch)
For storing EPP projects and travelling I like flat pouches - they help keep your bits and pieces nice and flat and less prone to getting screwed up or creased. The small pouch keeps all my bits in and the large one holds both the smaller one and the completed blocks.
I didn't use a tutorial for these, but for the same kind of effect and size use Anna Noodlehead's open wide pouch tutorial and don't box off the bottoms (the large size would be about the same size as my large pouch).
Of course, when your sewing kit looks so fancy you need to make sure your bathroom does too, right? So I used the open wide pouch tutorial and made myself a couple of pouches for my toiletries and my make up.
Anna's tutorial is so clear and concise. I don't think I've ever read a better one.
I'm not particularly great at sewing zippers - I can do it, but I'm not a master at it. I don't think I've ever managed to sew zippers as well as with these pouches after following Anna's instructions.
Plus it's fast. I think I'm going to whip a couple together to take with me for the zipper pouch swap and as a door prize for my class.
Maasai Mara is available from The Village Haberdashery
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