Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Anatomy of a Sewing Kit

Things have been very busy in the world of me, lately, but I guess that's what happens when I decide to take on four jobs in addition to grad school. I was so busy, I missed my sister's Mad Tea Party!! Which is a shame, because I love her Tea Parties and I collect tea pots. C'est la vie. There will be other tea parties, right?... Maybe I'll just make my own and sit with my dog and sip tea.


Whenever things get really busy in my life, I usually have to take a minute, step back, and ask myself, "what's important and what can I remove?" Which usually ends up with me getting back to basics or the bare bones of things. 

This brings me to my sewing kit, or sewing box. I have a large sewing box that is sort of packed beyond reproach. Why I think I need so much in one sewing box is beyond my comprehension. That being said, I decided to pare down my larger sewing box into a smaller more portable sewing kit and I am sharing it with you today. 



I found this miniature suitcase at Target for $6.99. It measures about 9-inches wide by 6-inches tall. It's not terribly bulky, just a child-size accessory. I fell in love with the polka dots, of course, since polka dots seems to be my latest obsession... wait, did I say latest... no, it's a lifetime obsession with polka dots!!


I purchased the dresden pin cushion from the Happy Little Cottage shop on Etsy. I highly encourage you to browse her other items, because everything she makes is wonderful! In addition to the pin cushion, I gathered together the items I felt belonged in a sewing kit. 



Here is the anatomy of my sewing kit: 

- Pin cushion                                    - Straight Pins                                       - Needles for Hand Sewing
- Needles for Hand Embroidery      - Measuring Tape                                  - Buttons in various sizes
- Scissors                                         - Embroidery hoop                                - Thread cutter
- Needle Threader                           - Seam Ripper                                       - Zipper
- Ric Rac                                         - Small Crochet hook                            - Safety pins
- Thread in various colors               - Iron-on Bias Tape                               - Ribbon
- Thimble                                         - Embroidery floss in basic colors

I know this seems like quite a bit of stuff for a small sewing kit, but these are all tools or supplies I need on a daily basis. What I enjoy about this small suitcase, is that it's small enough to fit under the seat in my car or in my desk drawer, so I can always have sewing supplies at the ready, if need be.

What do you like to keep in your sewing kit?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Making Time

I have been thinking a lot about time lately. It seems to pass so quickly and there is so much I want to do. It's become somewhat of a quest for me to make the best use of my time in order to accomplish everything I am intending to. 

                                     

I had seen the tutorial for a mini hexie flex pouch over at Where the Orchids Grow. I printed out the template, had all the fabric ready (Nursery Versery by Heather Ross), but I just hadn't gotten around to it. 

Then I realized I needed to make time. Well, I know I can't make time, but I can carve out places in my schedule where I can make and create and work on items that are just for me. 


I have to admit, it's been quite hectic around here lately. I started a full-time job four months ago, which takes time away from writing (i.e., dissertation), creating, and stitching. While I have been very busy, everything I do, is something I want to do. So, I have to make sure I manage my time in a way that allows me to get to everything.  


Because I wanted to make this hexie pouch, I decided to take it on the road with me. I made an oversize pouch and put all my supplies in it and away I went. I stitched during my lunch hour and afternoon breaks. Once I finished all my errands and chores after work, then I kept working on piecing hexes together. 


I finished the pouch yesterday (Saturday) and felt so much satisfaction to have followed through with something and had a darling flex frame pouch to enjoy. 

I have Amy Morinaka from Chick Chick Sewing to thank for the flex frame she sent me that I was able to use for this pouch.


Now to get to my pile of other items that are half-started... This could be fun!

Do you have projects that you have been meaning to get to, but for whatever reason you haven't yet? 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Spring Stitching Club

It's been no secret that I have been loving the Wild Olive seasonal stitching clubs created by Mollie Johansen - it's been no different with Spring Stitching Club




I have really enjoyed piecing together the hexies and working slowly but surely over 13 weeks to finish up each season's stitching club project. 






This particular stitching club took over 200 hexies to complete. At one point I thought I would never finish, but I did. I couldn't believe how many paper hexies I pulled out of the back of the quilt piece. I knew there were a lot of them, I just hadn't realized how many there were until they were lumped together in a big pile. 


I kept the color scheme for this project very light, white, and bright. I knew it would be a large quilt once I added the top and bottom panels, but it turned out way larger than I thought. The longest place I had to hang this was behind the door. The sunlight was shining through the fabric in just a way that I really enjoyed. 


The quilt is in thirds, the center portion is made up of hexies, then two fabric panels on either end. I found this soft white fabric with pale purple, yellow, pink and blue dots. 




I currently have the fabric for the quilt back in the washer. Once I have it dried and pressed, I can finish the quilt and enjoy how this Spring Stitching Club ended. 




Do you have any projects you are finishing up?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Summer is Near Sale!

Summer is definitely knocking at our door, and we're having a sale to celebrate the fun in the sun that is on its way!


Head to the shop and receive 15% off when you use coupon code: bobbypinsummer14 

Hurry! Coupon code expires June 7, 2014. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Pillowcases for Summer

I know it might not be summer in some places, but the heat has definitely arrived in Tucson. I love the heat and the sunshine, but I also love the feel of cool linens and sheets against the skin after spending a day of fun in the sun. 


I am a fabric hoarder... er... collector... I have been holding on to some fabric that I knew would be good for summertime projects, I just hadn't figured out what to make yet. I found the cherry print fabric on one of my daily stops at the fabric store (it's on my way home from work) and the hedgehog fabric is from Ikea - I took everything the store had. There's a great fabric-by-the-pound store in Tucson that had oversized rid-rac for sale. The gingham was gifted to me in a 5-yard bundle. I have used almost all of it up on other projects, but I had just enough for this. 


With all these supplies in mind, I cruised Pinterest for some sewing projects. I found this great vintage-style pillowcase tutorial and decided to try it out. It's a great tute and I whipped up two pillowcases very quickly. 


The way this pillowcase is finished is probably one of my favorite things about it. I love when sewing projects look just as good on the reverse side as they do on the outside. 


I ended up making two cherry & gingham pillowcases. I am fairly certain I am going to be making more with the hedgehog print fabric. I just didn't get to it today. 


This fabric got so soft after the first washing, so I know it's going to get better and softer with more use. I can't wait!


Do you have any summer projects in the works?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Springtime Stitching

Things have been very busy in the world of me lately, so much so that I haven't really taken the time out to stitch for myself. I started embroidering because I love it, and while I love writing about embroidery and making items to sell, there's still this inexplicable joy I get when stitching something just because I want to. 


I found this free pattern available from Stacey over at her blog, Bakercourt. It's been on my to-do list for a while, but I finally got around to working on it over the weekend. It really helped me relax and remember that no matter how crazy or hectic life gets... it really is beautiful.








Monday, April 28, 2014

Stitching with Studio MME

Have you ever happened upon an embroidery or sewing pattern, or any piece of art that just really speaks to you? When I saw this pattern for Reginald the Hummingbird, destined for a life of flower piracy, created by the very wonderful Megan from Studio MME, it really tugged at my heartstrings. I have a major appreciation for anything and everything that Megan designs. 


There is this textured quality that Megan infuses into her patterns and illustrations that gives each image just the right depth and realistic feeling. She's found a way to take a basic running stitch and make it appear to be an elaborate combination of stitches to construct an image. Finished versions of her patterns are just really fantastic to look at... and, if you are anything like me, you'll want to stare at each stitch enjoying the imaginative nature of Megan's designs. 



The best part about it, is that she now has embroidery kits with the pattern already printed on fabric! That means you will be able to bring one of her patterns to life with your own imagination and wonderment in each stitch!


If you want monthly inspiration from Megan, check out her embroidery club! You can choose between a 6 or 12-month subscription. A new pattern is sent out each month and all the members of the club get to share their progress in order to inspire and bounce ideas off one another. 


If her embroidery wasn't enough of a treat, head over to her shop ASAP! She has illustrations, book marks, AND interchangeable locket necklace sets so you can feature any of her dreamy illustrations on a daily basis. 


Head over to the Studio MME site to see everything Megan has been working on. She's inviting you all to rekindle your wonder, and I promise, your imagination will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Embroidered Jar Labels

I shared a new tutorial over at Feeling Stitchy today! I don't know about you, but I am definitely in the mood for Spring cleaning. 


Embroidered jar labels sounded just right to help me organize all my sewing and embroidery supplies.


Head over to Feeling Stitchy for the embroidered jar label tutorial!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! 


Randomly picked winners are:

The Blakk Duchess

CozyComfyCouch

Kerry Frances

MargoGibb 

Pink Kitchen Studio

I have emailed the winners. Some entries didn't have return emails, so if you haven't received an email from me, please send your contact information to bobbypinstitches@gmail.com and I can send your goodies along!

Thank you all again for entering!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Springtime Giveaway

How do you all feel about a Springtime Giveaway? I know I am all for it!


I had to de-stash some of my fabric collection, which also includes finished prototypes I have created for sewing and embroidery tutorials and hand embroidered pieces of fabric. 


This is a grab bag giveaway of sorts, where winners will receive a parcel with surprise contents! 

Parcels could include: fabric pieces (scraps good for small sewing projects), hand embroidered pieces, finished hand embroidered items (mini easter baskets, luggage tags, wine tote, embroidery project tote, apron), there is also a cross stitch kit in there for one lucky winner.


Five lucky readers could win a parcel. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite thing about Spring is! 

Everyone is invited to enter. I'll ship internationally and within the U.S.


This giveaway is open until 5pm on Thursday, April 17th, 2014. 

This give away is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Sorry if you missed it!