If you are not familiar with Cath Kidston, welcome to the wonderful world of vintage floral housewares! Besides her line of classic kitchenware, she also has an assortment of sewing, patchwork, and needlepoint books filled with simple and quick projects. We just got her most recent release, Cath Kidston Sewing Book, in it at Fancy Tiger! The second that I saw the pocket sewing kit on the cover, I knew I had to make one for myself... and probably every crafter I know.
Pattern: Pocket Sewing Kit from the Cath Kidston Sewing Book
Materials: .5 yards Carolyn Friedlander's Dentals Black, 1.5 yards neon yellow bias tape, 7" zipper (cut to size), 2 small buttons
Modifications: Button holes instead of button loops
This pouch is itty-bitty! Its only 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" when it is all folded up, but it can hold a ton of small notions when it folds out. It really is the ideal way to keep all of your sewing and knitting tools organized when you are on the move. I plan on using this one to store all of my hand sewing tools, but I can't wait to make a second one that I can throw in my knitting bag to store snips, extra stitch markers, and my darning needle. It would also be a great little pouch to keep in your luggage when you travel, filled with an assortment of thread, buttons and safety pins. So versatile!
This little sewing kit is perfect satisfying sewing. It comes together in no time at all (I think I spent 2.5 hours on it total) and would look great in a million different fabrics. Since it is so quick to make and only uses a small amount of fabric, it is the perfect project to gift away to friends and family. I know a few people who will be getting one of these for their birthday this year, plus Mother's Day is just around the corner!
I decided that instead of adding button loops to hook over the buttons like it called for, I would just sew a regular button hole. It was an easy modification that I am totally happy with but when I make another one I might make the button loop like it calls for just for variety.
For my next pouch, I think I am going to channel Cath Kidston a bit more and try out this delicate pixel flower fabric by Liesl Gibson. I'm also planning on adding a light interfacing to the outside panel and inner pocket pieces to make the whole thing a bit more substantial.