Monday, August 24, 2015
Sew Organized Folder...
Sometimes I see something I fall in love with and desperately want to make for myself. Donna of Brynwood Needleworks made a Sewing Organizer and I rushed right over to Craftsy and purchased the pattern. Just click on the names and it will link you to each site.
Then I was fortunate enough to be gifted this Sewing Organizer by Donna and I was thrilled. For me looking at a pattern and reading and following it just isn't the same as having something to really look at and this was exactly what I needed. Thank you beyond words Donna Dear.
Here you can see the inside of the Sewing Organizer and the fact that I am already moved right in and benefitting from how great it is. This has gone everywhere with me and is getting quite the workout.
In the meantime I took my pattern and gathered fabrics and supplies. You see I am already thinking ahead to Christmas and all the gift giving that is involved. In our family we still prefer handmade gifts over store purchased.
Making this Sewing Organizer really allowed me to branch out and learn a few new skills. Of course I do not quilt however I already had the clever little Clover clamps in my supplies. Who knew I would be learning how to bind just like for a quilt finishing.
I will admit I struggled with the binding. Donna's pattern is excellent but somehow I kept sewing the wrong diagonal and having to unstitch it. Finally I resorted to YouTube and found my error. I love this neutral Toile fabric which tells a story. I used it for the exterior of my organizer.
Then for the interior I mixed it up a bit with fabrics. I had this fun "pattern" cotton and thought is was just right for the pocket. What do you think?
So here are two of the organizers I completed. I am so grateful for having a finished example to follow along with the pattern. Thank you again Donna for writing an excellent pattern and for including such great tips for novice binders like me. I am happy to have these waiting in my gift cupboard. Yes, I have attached the recipient's names so as to not mix them up. When I make handmade gifts I always think of the recipient and put lots of love and happy thoughts into their creation. Be sure and check out the Craftsy link for this fabulous pattern.
Our weather is continuing to be challenging with very hot temperatures and no humidity or rain in any forecast. We are so very grateful for all firefighters, support personnel and equipment that continue to fight daily to keep us safe. Our air quality is poor however it is not as bad as it could be so we feel fortunate for this. I very much appreciate your continued prayers and well wishes.
I am still putting back together my rooms from the remodel. I did have a slight set back and am not able to lift or move much for a while. My back has decided I have done too much and now is giving me fits from my lower back and down my legs. I actually went to my doctor and the diagnosis is Radiculopathy with a scheduled MRI to pinpoint the root cause in order to determine further treatment. This is all part of my Spinal Stenosis and complications. I have had major back surgery in 1996 and do not wish to experience that again. So for now, I shall listen to my body and doctor and take it very easy.
As Summer is waning and Fall is showing signs of its forthcoming I am enjoying every bit that I can. May you continue to have Creative Bliss and EnJOY your days of Summer/Winter Smiles...