Today I am going to share some ideas of how I put kits together for on the go sewing. I love to take projects with me, and dependent on where I am going determines if I take just hand sewing or a sewing machine and the works. Usually though it turns out not be hand sewing.
When I get ready to make a kit, I cut enough fabric for 1 block to test it. Then I cut all the pieces I need. I usually buy extra (usually 1/4 - 1/2 yard) as a just in case, because when I don't I screw up. I keep all my fabrics, including the extra together until the top is done.
My kits are kept in various bags and containers. Easy to grab and put into a bigger bag. Right now, I know what is in each bag, but I think i will make some bags with a clear plastic window in so I can stick a paper in there telling me what it is.
I have a few projects ready to go constantly. I put 1 in my backpack so I can work on it during my lunch break.
Then I have 1 or 2 ready to go in a bag for when I go in the car.
So, what do I keep in my project bags:
A small pair of scissors
A spool of thread
A couple of needles (just in case I lose 1)
And of course the blocks I am working on
Instructions are usually photocopied and folded up or I take a picture and keep it on my phone or tablet or both.
|These 2 bags I keep extra needles a little ruler and an extra pair of scissors in. 1 is always in my backpack and 1 stays in my bag I take projects in.|
I add other things if I am taking projects with me for a trip.
I add my rotary cutter, mat and a ruler or two.
I do find that most times I take more things than I need. But if I am someplace with my granddaughters, they know I always have some hand piecing we can do.
It is great to always have something I can work on as we are driving someplace.
I use the same process for keeping my projects in my sewing room organized . That way whether I am sewing or my granddaughters are wanting to sew and forgot their projects, they can still sew.
If I ask them where there project is they often say home and I ask them how they can sew and they always tell me that I always have a project they can sew or fabric they can work with. They are so right.
I hope I have shared some good tips with you.
I love reading your comments, so please share how you organize.
These other bloggers also have some great tips so check them out.
Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – huntersdesignstudio.com
Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – quiltfabrication.com
Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques – www.gnomeangel.com
Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide – truebluequilts.com/blog/
Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams – geekybobbin.com
Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue – pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com
Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine – www.sliceofpiquilts.com
Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting – www.websterquilt.com
Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners – quiltdistrict.com
Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! – latifahsaafirstudios.com
Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting – saroy.net
Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting – patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) – muppin.com
Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt – www.sunflowerstitcheries.com
Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding – dizzyquilter.com
Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections – quiltjane.com
Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives – teresacoates.com
Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting – faithandfabricdesign.com
Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting – utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy – karenplatt.co.uk/blog/
Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) – scrapdash.com
Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing – sarahgoerquilts.com
Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing – kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com
Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders – quilterchic.com
Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique – cherryblossomsquilting.com
Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing – prairiesewnstudios.com
Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle – lovebugstudios.com
Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine – tamarinis.typepad.com
Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles – quiltingsbykathy.com
Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders – quiltsbyjoanne.blogspot.com