We had a long weekend in Canberra – Family and Community Services Day, a public holiday which I think is particularly unique to Canberra.
We spent, as you can see from the last post, Sunday with family and kept Monday for ourselves and the garden but I managed to get a couple of hours of sewing in.
I’d stumbled across a page full of ideas for what to make from Fat Quarters – which are, for the uninitiated, little ready made bundles of fabric squares. They’re so hard to resist buying and I’ve got a few now, all washed and ready for use. I made all my earlier project bags from them and now i’m on the hunt for other things to make. So, I’m told, is Mooncalf, who across the world is going through what she’s dubbed a Sewing Apprenticeship. I love the idea. I’ve adopted the term because it’s so fitting.
Small projects that teach new skills and give a sense of satisfaction make so much sense as a way to learn – kind of like making a few different styles of hats early on before launching into a fully sized aran jumper or lace shawl, yeah?
To that end, I whipped up some pocket tissue holders yesterday. Aren’t they cute?
Why four? Because next week I’m having a mini-holiday with my sisters to visit our parents down the coast and I made one for each of us. I chose the fabric initially because of Alice. She adores bumblebees and makes the sound they make so sweetly, even pretending with her fingers to be a little bee buzzing around her own cheeks.
I decided we could all have matching holders. I think they’re a great idea. Don’t know about you but my little purse sized packets of tissues always end up utterly feral in the bottom of my bag. I’m hoping the pouch will keep them nicer for longer.
I lined them in red.
I got huge amounts of satisfaction from seeing how they turned out. So perfectly formed and neat and tidy. The neat edges and folds make my heart happy!
RoseRed, when she saw a photo, asked the sensible question about what sort of packets I used since most open from the top and these obviously split down the middle. Simple solution to that – just cut a slice through the back of the packet and voila! You have the opening you need for the pouch.
Too easy. I hope my sisters and mum like them.
Pattern and tutorial can be found here.