Mandy Shaw's cottage sewing case has been on my 'to make' list ever since I bought the book (at least 18 months ago) but I never seemed to get round to it, as is so often the case with my craft aspirations. Lynda made one a few months ago and having seen it last weekend my enthusiasm was renewed to crack on. I expected it to be complicated because of the fiddly compartments but it was a lovely project, perfect for a warm, rainy, evening indoors. (Which is a good thing, given the weather here this week!) It was pretty quick to make. I started it with Season 1 of Orange Is the New Black on Thursday evening and have been sitting in my craft room at night - after dinner and dog walking - with the windows open and a scented candle on the go, contentedly blanket-stitching. I did make a small adjustment to the pattern and used an elasticated band for the thread holder rather than the felt one described in the book. That way, it will still hold a spool of thread as it becomes thinner with use.
I think I need to make a few more sewing cases so that I can have one per project (I usually have a couple of sewing projects on the go at any one time) and I am inspired to have a go at designing a case myself. I have also bought a couple of other patterns, including one by Aneela Hoey and one by Lynette Anderson. I have been using a vintage-style chocolate tin for hexes on the go and the cottage case will make the whole project perfectly portable. I pop my thimble in the little gingham pocket and I have everything I need.
Thanks for reading. Have a happy Sunday!