A little over a year ago I purchased a fat quarter of really pretty Alice in Wonderland cotton fabric at a craft show. Simply because I liked the pattern and the subtle colours; though I love all things Alice, and have slight theming in the craft room! I just needed the right fat quarter project!
When I bought it, I had no idea what I was going to make with it, it was definitely one of those “just really like the print” purchases, (you know what I mean right?) and so, of course it sat in storage, not forgotten, just awaiting inspiration.
Flash forward to a couple of weeks ago, I was reading through a book of fat quarter project patterns, not with any real intention to make anything, I was just leafing through it.
While reading, I had one of those flash of inspiration moments; and though my idea wasn’t in the book, it was inspired by a pencil wrap idea. Later that day, remembering my Alice fabric, I went through my fabric box and got it out of storage.
Knowing that unlike the wrap I’d seen I would need more than this single FQ, because of the difference in size, I dropped into my local fabric shop for half a metre of some coordinating cotton fabric:
Needle Wrap – Fat Quarter Project
I decided I was going to sew a needle wrap; because while I’m not a knitter as such; and definitely favour three main pairs of needles; I somehow still have loads of knitting needles. They’re basically shoved where they fit in the craft room, and it’s annoying when I have to locate them from whichever of the three places they’re hiding! This was a completely basic make, and I know I could have done more, though I genuinely feel like it wasn’t necessary.
I sandwiched two pieces of blue fabric with a thin layer of wadding in between, stitched the Alice fabric on the top, and added a large pocket on the inside, also decorated with a strip of matching fabric. I’d have stitched rows for them to sit in tightly, but I like the idea that if necessary, if I change my mind I could use the wrap for anything else too!
To finish I added some red polka dot ribbon to tie the wrap closed! I was of course left with some fabric.
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So I stitched up this easy pouch; decorated with a heart button, but fastened with some self-adhesive velcro (hook and loop?) dots.
This was an easy make, simply sew both fabrics backed on to each other with some wadding in between; and stitched, before rolling up one edge and stitching it down. I’ll be using this to keep all my sewing machine bits together and safe, as they are just thrown in a drawer at the moment!
This can sit in the front of the drawer, meaning little things aren’t rolling around everywhere; and it’s accessible enough for me to grab anything I need!
And finally. One small piece of Alice in Wonderland fabric left. So I stuck it in an embroidery hoop; embroidered a quote with some quick and easy backstitching; and embellished with some buttons and a piece of ribbon! All ready to go up on the wall in the craft room! Because it’s super cute, and fun!
Three quick projects, from two pieces of fabric!
Have you done any quick and easy sewing projects? Do you have any fat quarter projects posts or ideas? Leave me a link in the comments!
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