We’re heading to Dallas this weekend to visit family which means I get to hang with my awesome, sewing superstar sister-in-law. She’s the one who got me hooked and continues to fuel this “sewing obsession” fire of mine.
I remember once listening to a lecture about Mary (Mother of Jesus) and Elizabeth (Mother of John the Baptist). This was a few years ago and I wish I could remember who gave the lecture. She talked about their relationship and said that every woman should have an “Elizabeth.” Elizabeth was older and wiser. She was kind, stable and supportive. Well, I have several of them in my life and this lovely woman is one of them (I’ll let you guess her name).
I wanted to make her a gift (we’ll call it a Mother’s Day gift, though I would have done it no matter the season) that was both functional and cute. I also wanted it to match her personality, so when I saw on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that SewCanShe.com was giving away a free pattern for this sewing notion organizer, I snatched it up.
Y’all, if you are even just a little into sewing and you are not following SewCanShe.com on Facebook or in some way, get on that NOW! Her posts are always awesome and she has a TON of patterns and tutorials to check out. I finally got to take a stab at this sewing caddy pattern and tutorial yesterday and finished it up today. It was a quick project. The tutorial was excellent, though not without its challenges for a newbie.
Challenge number one was the binding. I don’t know why I was “binding-challenged” today but wow did I have a difficult time getting it to sit right. I’ve made and sewn binding before so it is not as though it was totally foreign to me. I will just give you this word of warning if you tackle this project: take your time and make sure the binding doesn’t bunch up as you sew it. If it does, this could affect the size of the opening and it may not fit onto your can! That would be sad. It didn’t happen to me but I was imagining it might as I fussed with the binding.
Challenge number two wasn’t really a challenge. I just had never done pleats on anything before and the tutorial calls for them. No biggie. She did a great job of illustrating in the picture and explaining what needed to happen and why.
Challenge number three was a lack of materials. The pattern calls for fusible fleece AND fusible interfacing. I had the interfacing but not the fleece. I am in a very rural area right now. I drove into neighboring towns a half hour to both sides of me and neither one had any fusible fleece, so I used felt. I just attached the felt onto the fabric it should have been “fused” to by sewing 1/4 inch seams all around the edges. It seemed to work fairly well but definitely would have been easier with the right materials.
Below is the evolution of my work on the project. Starting at the top left with cutting the pieces and following the pictures to the right all the way around to get the finished project, you can see how it all came together.
I cannot WAIT to give this to my sister-in-law and now I am considering making one for myself. Oh, and random perk: I have a whole bunch of tomato sauce made and frozen thanks to this project, too!
Do you have a supportive, kind, and wise “Elizabeth” in your life? Tell me about her! Do you think it is important to cultivate that kind of relationship?