I have needed a hand sewing kit forever. I ran across a video on YouTube (below) and really liked how this bag was constructed. The compartment that holds wonder clips was the best selling point for me. The instructions for the bag can be found here.
This is a great project for scraps. Each little section only takes a small piece of fabric, so leftovers work wonderfully for this. I have a huge pile of “Smitten” scraps. I had starched them heavily thinking that I needed them for my “Hexie Snowflake” quilt. I don’t like how stiff the pockets are now so I’m going to wash my bags to get out all of the starch.
What I will do differently next time I make this…
The tab that holds the thread has a velcro scrap on the end. It is the end that you thread through the hole in the spool. Small Aurifil thread that is on the wooden spool has a very small opening. It won’t thread through. Next time, I will either make the velcro a lot smaller (but it won’t hold as well) or use a small tie. The plastic spools of small Aurifil have a larger opening and work fine.
I cut everything out and added some mesh for the internal pocket. While constructing the bag, I decided against using it and made the pocket with the suggested fabric. I may revisit this on a later bag some day….we’ll see.
It was quite simple to sew together. I made both bags at the same time. Almost as if I were chain piecing. Maybe I’ll call this chain making. 🙂 So, I have one bag to use and one to put in my gift box for later.
I really like how the colors turned out. The only thing I would change would be the binding on the tan bag. I think it is too light for the outside of the bag.
This is the video I found on YouTube. I think the bright colors are what appealed to me most.