Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zakka Along Week 4 :: Sewing Kit

One of the fun things about participating in the Zakka Sew Along is seeing everyone's take on the projects. This week's project was a little travel sewing kit and coordinating pin cushion by Minori Design. Since I stamped on fabric during week three, I wanted to try something different this week. And then I remembered the little pack of Aurifil I'd won in Quilter in the Gap's 1st quarter Finish-A-Long linky. It was a variety pack, and that blue and black variegated on the right is a 12 wt cotton suitable for machine quilting on linen. Perfect.
So I cut into my Stone Quilter's Linen and FMF seeds, and partnered them with some royal blue shot cotton to add some contrast. I went for a fairly tailored look, adding some organic straight-line quilting on two edges of the front.
Zakka Style Sewing Kit
I used the variegated thread wherever stitching would show - inside and out, including trim on the pincushion. (Just fyi, I did change out my needle to a 90/14 quilting needle. Things felt a little tight as I threaded the machine, but I adjusted the tension a tad, and sewing went just fine.)
Zakka Style Sewing Kit
Though I had some leather thongs ready to go, mid-stream I decided to make some fabric ties. So I cut more strips the same width as the pocket binding (1"), which was a little fussy to work with, but gave a nice result. (I did see some discussion on the flickr page that some thought the 1" measurement was a typo. So you might check in there if you haven't started, though it worked for me as written.)

All in all, the sewing kit was very fun, and I love the simplistic look the stitching gives it.
Zakka Style Sewing Kit

Linking up with LRstitchedTNT Thursday, finish it up Friday, and {sew} Modern Monday.

30 comments:

Sadie said...

Love, love, love your sewing kit Debbie! I've seen quite a few others from the sew a long and this is my favoutite :-)
I'm still waiting for my book to be delivered :-) can't wait to sew a long too

Katie B. said...

This is so cool, Debbie! I love the tailored look the stitching gives it.

Jennifer said...

That looks great! Love your choice for the stitching and linen!

Lynne said...

I'm so glad you posted about the Aurifil thread because I have been dying to get some. It looks fantastic on the linen! Those colors are right up my alley. I love working with the shot cottons, the colors are so pretty. What a great finish!

sukie said...

ZAKKA ATTACK!!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Utterly gorgeous!! Love the variegated thread :)
The fabrics are scrumptious!

Heather D. said...

The thread is a perfect match for this project. Now remind me, a 12wt is a thicker thread, right? I get so confused by those numbers. :)

**nicke... said...

i love the look of that variegated thread! lovely!

Deborah said...

I am always in awe of everything you create! Once again, this is extra special! Deborah

Lisa C in GA. said...

This is gorgeous!! I really have to start spending a little time just making small things that please me :)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

i love it!

Rachel said...

Awesome! Love your color, fabric and thread choices.

Heidi Staples said...

This looks so great! Love it!

Svetlana said...

Love the stitching, what a fantastic touch, so simple yet strikingly modern.

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, cool. That's given me an idea to finally use my winning thread, thank you!

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh my! That is SO lovely!! The stitching is perfect! Your seeing kit is sophisticated and stylish!!

Jess said...

Wow, it's absolutely gorgeous! So simple, yet stylish.

Leanne said...

It's lovely, I really like the blue.

CityHouseStudio said...

Love, love, love it!
I was going to skip this project, but yours makes me want to make one, darn it!
Love the gray FMF seeds. I just ordered some today -- happy day!

Kirsten N said...

Absolutely beautiful Debbie - love the FMF seeds fabric on the inside!

Carla said...

You do such meticulous work Debbie. It's beautiful.
I love the little "kitty" poking his head out of the scissors?

Nicole Maki said...

Your top stitching is STUNNING.

Love how your sewing kit turned out. Very inspiring.

felicity said...

Beautiful and sophisticated! I love it!

Melissa Corry said...

Love the sewing kit!! So beautiful!!

Amy DeCesare said...

Very lovely, and that thread adds so much. Great idea!!!

Marg said...

Debbie it's absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful combination.

Your Creative Friends at the Calico House said...

wow, now I can't wait to try the 12 wt variegated thread. It looks awesome on the gray fabric.

Nicole said...

How did I miss this?!? It's so cute! I love the linen and the thread is perfect!

Lisa Ann said...

So pretty in gray and blue! Sweet and simple makes it. Very nice quilting...the variegated thread looks great on the gray quilter's linen.

Beth said...

Your kit looks fantastic. I love the gray linen with the blue stitching. I just put in my first order for Aurifil thread today - I keep reading about it so I'm excited to give it a try.