Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Production Line Sewing

I may be getting a little excited about the Fat Quarterly Retreat……It's the same day as the children break up from school, so we are all on a count down, but for very different reasons. I was told this morning that we have 4 weeks and 2 days!!!……. class lists have started to go out and partners have been assigned for the Secret Name Tag Swap and I've been working on my sample swap items!
I'm making Thread Catchers, in a small rainbow of colours.
I got the pattern as a free Kindle Book, it's called Fairytale Pincushion and Thread Catcher by Brioni Greenberg and I've been waiting for the right chance to make them.
She used a charm pack, but I wanted to use some of my favourite scraps.
Two are finished and just waiting their sandy inserts for the pincushion bit, but the other two still need lining as well. I'm also waiting for some plastic boning(!!) to insert and make the bags have a ridged top. Can't wait to fight that in place!
I've used some grippy material (yes that is the technical term!) for the bottom of the pin cushions to stop it sliding off the table/sewing area, I'm feeling very smug about having the idea to add that, although in fairness I probably read about it somewhere.
I hope to have them finished by the weekend and I really hope my fellow swappers like them. 
I also have a bit of a list of other things I want to get made before then too, like 

And probably a million other things I'll think of between now and then! 

So I best get out of blogland and on with some sewing! 
I'm linking up with 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Those are so cute, I love the fabrics you have chosen! The grippy material is a great idea, too :) I might need to download that pattern and make one, too!

  2. Awesome! These are going to be so cute.

  3. Ohh they look fabulous and great idea for the grippy stuff!

  4. those are cute AND useful- win win!

  5. They're going to be great! Could you use some plastic packing strip (the white stuff that goes round big boxes and will trip you up as soon as look at you, can't remember what its proper name is!) instead of boning?

  6. These look great Joanne, I have used the plastic boning in bags and it is not as bad to use as it sounds!

  7. These are so adorable! I love the idea of using the grippy material on the bottom!

  8. These look fab, and i'm so jealous you're off to Retreat this year, bad baby timing on my part! :o(. But mostly i can't get past the fact you used the word "boning" in your post, sorry *snigger* *giggle* *snort* ;o)

  9. Love these Joanne - and genius idea on the grippy fabric!

  10. It's always good to get a grip on your pins...

  11. Love them and so will the recipients - they look fantastic.


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