My Show Off Saturday project this week was sponsored by CottonCrates. Get 20% off your first box with code SHOWOFF20.
I've got so much exciting news! Last week I traveled to Denver and filmed my first online sewing class for Craftsy (maybe you saw my facebook post). I'm in the middle of writing a 'behind-the-scenes' post about it, but meanwhile today is Show Off Saturday...
One problem I had while traveling was that I had nothing to pack my jewelry in. I have given away every single Travel Jewelry Case that I've sewn using my tutorial, lol. I designed the pattern for my first book Just For You but then we were over our page count and something had to be cut, so this became a free sewing tutorial for my blog readers. :)
Then when I got home from Denver, look what I had waiting for me: this cute box of fabric from Cotton Crates! Cotton Crates is an online subscription service that surprises sewists each month with boxes of fat quarters.
As soon as I saw the 12 perfectly coordinated fat quarters in this month's box, I knew what I would sew... a Travel Jewelry Organizer just for me! I wrote the pattern with a frog closure in mind, but these fabrics inspired me to try something new... a felt ball closure.
At the point in the pattern where I tell you to sew on the frog closure pieces, I decided to cut a 5'' piece of pretty 1/4'' elastic, fold it, and baste it to one of the ends.
Then after my case was finished I sewed a felt ball onto the opposite end. It was much easier than I expected - kind of like sewing on a button (which you could also use if you wanted to).
You should also know that I substituted some quilt batting scraps this time instead of the craft felt for stabilizer. Craft felt make a thin but sturdy stabilizer, but I didn't have very much on hand - just enough for the earring holder. I decided to use quilt batting scraps for all of the inside stabilizer pieces, and it turned out great. You could also use fusible fleece, if that's what you have available.
The Travel Jewelry Organizer has the felt earring holder I spoke of, a place to tie on rings, and two zipper pockets for necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces of bling. And it only requires 3 fat quarters of fabric. After you have everything inside, you can fold it in half and secure it with whatever closure you picked.
Now I am set to go to Quilt Market next month!
If you want this same box of fabric, make sure you sign up for Cotton Crates by the 20th of this month... after that you'll have to be surprised by the next box. In addition, the Cotton Crates blog is full of ideas of what to sew with that month's fabric. If you decide to try it, don't forget to code SHOWOFF20 to get 20% off your first box.
If you are looking for the free Travel Jewelry Case Pattern, you can find it here.
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.
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