Category Archives: Storage and Travel Cases

Storage and Travel Cases

In Progress: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

In Progress: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Part 3 of my English paper piecing tutorial series is in full swing!

I finished the pattern design for the travel kit yesterday, and now I’m in the process of sewing the sample for the photo step-outs. So, If you’ve been waiting patiently for the final step in the series, you won’t have to wait much longer—the third tutorial and downloadable pattern will be on the blog next week. (Get your flower blocks ready!)

Have a great weekend, crafty muffins!

Organize: Altoids Tin Hexie Template Storage

Organize: Altoids Tin Hexie Template Storage | The Zen of Making

Are you an English paper piecing junkie? Sew on the go without worrying about bent or lost templates—keep your hexie pieces (or any other shape) safe, organized, and at the ready in an old Altoids tin!

Continue reading Organize: Altoids Tin Hexie Template Storage

Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns for Craft Test Dummies

Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns | The Zen of Making

I reviewed Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns on Craft Test Dummies!

Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns | The Zen of Making

Craft Product Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns

I definitely know a thing or two about keeping a craft room neat and tidy, so these Kwik Sew organizer patterns are right up my alley. And, since September is National Sewing Month, it’s the perfect time for a sewing pattern review!

The fine folks at Kwik Sew gave me several organizer patterns to try out when I stopped by their booth at Winter CHA. For this review, I selected the Pouch with Pincushion & Cup Organizer pattern set because it contained two projects: a cup organizer that had only a few pieces and required simple construction techniques, and a more complex pouch with a connected pincushion that included additional notions and used slightly more complex sewing skills.

If you happen to read my blog (The Zen of Making), you already know that I’m not at all new to sewing. So, to keep my previous sewing experience from filling in any gaps, I took special care to follow the instructions for each project one step at a time and to execute each step exactly how it was written.

What I loved:

1. The cutting lines on the pattern sheet are easy to see, and they are easily distinguishable from the other markings that appear on each pattern piece.

2. The instruction sheet includes information on cutting out patterns, preparing fabric, making stitches, and measuring seam allowances. There’s also a clear key for reading the pattern, so you’d understand how to use it even if you’d never worked with a Kwik Sew pattern before

Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns | The Zen of Making

Review: Kwik Sew Organizer Patterns | The Zen of Making

Want to know more? Head over to Craft Test Dummies to read the full review!



Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | The Zen of Making

I’m not usually a scrapbooker, but when I saw Scrapbooking Attitude printable film, I knew it had huge creative potential—even for non-paper crafters!

I wanted to see how Scrapbooking Attitude would work on fabric, especially with the added texture of embroidery, so I designed a simple needle case to keep my embroidery needles organized on the go. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own needle case using my free downloadable embroidery template and Scrapbooking Attitude!

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | The Zen of Making

Wait. What is Scrapbooking Attitude?

Scrapbooking attitude is a printable film that bonds seamlessly to textured materials (paper, fabric, etc) with heat or glue. To use it, print an image on the film, then peel the printed film away from the paper backing and apply it to your preferred medium. When applied, the film adheres to the medium, taking on its texture. You can think of the process as lamination, but with a printable film instead of clear plastic. You can see a video of the process on the Scrapbooking Attitude website.

Supplies:
* Scrapbooking Attitude
* Needle Case Graphic Embroidery Template PDF
* Needle Case Scrapbooking Attitude Template PDF
* Linen embroidery fabric, one 3½" x 4" rectangle
* White wool felt, one 3½" x 4" rectangle
* Navy blue wool felt, one 3" x 1¼" rectangle
* Embroidery Needle
* Embroidery floss, one yard each of red and gray
* Velcro fastener, one 1" x ¼" hook side and 1 ¼"one 1" x ¼" loop side
* Fusible web
* Water or air soluble fabric marker, fine tip
* Amazing GOOP craft adhesive
* Scissors
* Iron and ironing board
* Pressing cloth or piece of white scrap fabric
* Sewing machine (Optional. Hand sewing is also fine.)
* Ink jet printer

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Print the Needle Case Graphic Embroidery Template and cut it out, using the outer line as your guide.

Tutorial: Embroidered Needle Case with Scrapbooking Attitude | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Using a fabric marker, trace the needle design onto linen embroidery fabric.

See the full tutorial…