I Am a Quilter

My Adventures in Quilting

Travel Sewing Station

Travel Sewing Station

I am starting to do some work while I watch tv.  This will be hand work (ugh), but it successfully keeps my hands busy while I idle, keeping me from snacking or napping.  But I don’t want to lay out all of my materials on the coffee table or ottoman and then have to pick them back up every night.  So, what’s a girl to do, make something to make this problem not be a problem anymore.  I’m not sure what to call it or if it will even really do what I want it to do, but I think it will.

The finished product.  Can you tell I love Blue

The finished product. Can you tell I love Blue?

Since this is a prototype, I bought some flannel and print material from JoAnn’s on sale.  Don’t ask me for dimensions because I made it up as I went along.  It finished somewhere around 11″ high and 7″ wide when closed.  The blue butterfly fabric is a cotton and the blue hounds tooth is flannel (this will help prevent the items stored inside from sliding about during transport).  I also used a Pellon medium weight fusable interfacing in the center.  Don’t want it to be all floppy, now do we.

Just the raws.

The raw materials I purchased from JoAnn’s.  I wanted something pretty and on sale.  I never want to spend a bunch of money on something that may not pan out.

View of the thing opened up and holding some fabric.

View of the case opened up completely (above) and holding some fabric with the bottom flap folded (below).

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The idea is that the top and bottom flaps fold to the inside, then the whole thing tri-folds.  It’s held folded with a strap and a button.  So, you can put your material on it when it’s opened, then when you’re done for the evening, you can fold it up and transport it wherever.  Also handy if you’re going over to someone’s house or shop to sew and you have a lot of small pieces you don’t want to lose.  The inside (hounds tooth) is made with flannel so it also can function as a portable design wall.  I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this so I would be that there is something like this already on the market, but I didn’t want to hunt something down and wait for it to get here.  It wouldn’t be the colors I like.  Plus, I need to sharpen my finishing skills anyway.  I suck at binding and top-stitching.  Below are some more pictures of the  case during the process.  Again, I winged it the whole way.

 

I used my walking foot for most of the process.  With the different types of fabrics, and flannel being so stretchy, I wanted to make sure they fed correctly.

I used my walking foot for most of the process. With the different types of fabrics, and flannel being so stretchy, I wanted to make sure they fed correctly.

Trying to work out the sizing of the hounds tooth fabric was the toughest part.  Since I didn't have a particular finished size in mind at the start.

Trying to work out the sizing of the hounds tooth fabric was the toughest part. Since I didn’t have a particular finished size in mind at the start.

Centering it up so the flaps will be even.

Centering it up so the flaps will be even.  I got so particular about this that, at one point I was only 1/4″ off and had to fiddle with it until I evened out that 1/8″ to each side.

The finished product.  Can you tell I love Blue

Then added binding, a strap, and a button to get the finished product.  I think it’s cute.  Please don’t look too closely at the top-stitching.  Again, I need to work on those skills.  Maybe some mug rugs will get me some practice.

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