It was definitely fun, but I ended up having mostly non-handmade items for myself. At a certain point I felt like I was becoming "the cobbler whose children go barefoot." I decided to engage in some "selfish sewing" and make some projects just for myself!
1. Zippered Pouch for Hand-Sewing
I recently started a Grandmother's Flower Garden project using large hexagons (to be shown soon!), and I wanted to store my flowers-in-progress somewhere. I found two great tutorials (HERE and HERE) that walked me through the process of making a zip pouch!
|Pretty easy zipper installation!|
Before sewing, I ironed on some fusible interfacing to the back of the exterior, and machine-outlined the stars in a subtle white thread.
2. Envelope Needlebook
I love working on hexagon and sashiko projects, especially when I travel. I'm always losing my needles and pins, and I needed a safe place to store everything. I saw THESE darling needlebooks, and I knew I had to make one for myself!
It was easy to create the needlebook, and I enlarged the pattern by 150% to make it a little roomier. I finished it off with some yellow wool felt and a pearlized snap. I love it!
I really enjoyed how these projects turned out, and I have a few more to make. I'm thinking of a pouch for my thread/thimble/etc., a handbag or two, and a mini quilt. What is on your "selfish sewing" list?