Sunday, April 29, 2012

{zakka style sew along} week 4 : mother/daughter sewing kits

Week 4 of the Zakka Style sew along was a success !  This week's task was to sew up a sewing kit, which is very handy considering I just started a new embroidery project.

Once I got started, the kits went so quickly I ended up making two of them!  So, I have one, as well as my 9-year-old who has taken an interest in embroidery.

Here are the two of them together :

Mine is the (not surprisingly) kit with a "J" embroidered on the outside.  {Note to self : use a darker thread next time!}  I had fun with my kit, using the bottom of a pair of linen pants I scored at the local thrift store for $1.50 ... the hem had a little detail that I thought I'd include on my pouch.  I added the edge of the selvage to the outside, for a reflection of the fabric on the inside ...

The inside of my kit has Alexander Henry's "Sew Now" fabric, one I think is perfect for this kit!  And on the pincushion, I stamped a "J", though it might have been nicer if I'd done the same J as on the outside of the kit ...

For my daughter's kit, I used denim, which I think I'll have to start referring as "poor woman's linen". :)

I couldn't help but to add a denim pocket to the outside ... it's so much fun to be able to use all the little pieces that might get discarded.  I embroidered her name to the pocket.  {Note to self : use lighter embroidery thread on denim!}

My daughter is currently in a "snow leopard phase."  Being short of snow leopard fabric, I resorted to this horse fabric that I'd bought when she was in her "horse phase." (The fabric is another Alexander Henry one, "Stable Mates". I do love this.)  I'm glad I could use it while she still loves horses ... plus, horse fabric really goes with the denim on the outside, I think.

Off to next week's project ... what shall I do to make it extra kawaii, I wonder ??


  1. I love your two completely different versions of this kit - very creative!

  2. Love both your versions and how resourceful you are?

  3. Hi Jen - I'm back again to let you know I have nominated you for the Liebster award. You can see the details on my blog