Travel Sewing Case

I made up a tutorial for this little travel sewing case for SewMamaSew, so please pop over there if you're interested in making one for yourself.
It's a compact little case for holding the basics when you're on the road: a spool of thread, thimble, mini tape measure, folding scissors, needles and pins etc.It turns out that hand sewing with rough dry winter skin on your hands is a real pain, as the thread keeps catching on the skin. So you might want to dig out some moisturiser before tackling this project...
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Speaking of travel, we had a rather nice weekend away this week. I got my snow fix early this year. Lots of sledging, lots of sunshine - perfect.
Today's Translation of the Day comes courtesy of the book that my father-in-law was reading this weekend:
UK English: bottle (noun) = courage, nerve or confidence in US English
UK English: bottle it (verb) = to lose courage in US English
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Did he have the bottle to go sledging down that steep slope?
No, I thought that he would, but then he bottled it.
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My daughter has a lot of bottle. Well, she certainly throws herself into things heads first, anyway...
Take care all,

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for that tutorial! This would make a fun little case for just about anything. I can see my kids both wanting one for treasures.

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  2. i will certainly be putting this case on my list of things to do - which seems to get longer by the day! :)

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  3. I saw this on SMS earlier and marked it down as an essential make - gorgeous idea, thank you!

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  4. Can't wait to try making the sewing kit, although I'm going to need to work up some bottle before I try it. (hope I used it right;))

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  5. how sweet is that? Thank you for another fabulous tute. Glad to see you are enjoying your winter weather, dry skin and all.

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  6. Oh, I LOVE this little case! Exactly what I need. Thanks so much!

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  7. I love every bit about this! nicely done.

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  8. What a darling little case! I'll have to check out the tutorial =)

    Would you believe that I cannot convince my children that sledging is fun?!

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  9. That is such a wonderful idea - there's something so lovely about how the whole thing is so cotton reel shaped and how it fits in perfectly. My mother would love one of these for her handbag as her inner Girl Guide is strong and she carries around supplies for every eventuality. I have favourited this post so that I can find it again near birthday time.

    Thank you.

    Florence x

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  10. This little case is so sweet! I love how it fits the spool of thread perfectly. I could see it being used for other things too - a lip stick or chap stick would fit that rounded shape as well.

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  11. So cute. I hope I can get around to making this (or some for Christmas for next year)...

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  12. I saw it yesterday, I forgot to tell you that was ice to see you there !!!! Congratularion !!!

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  13. I saw it there - look at you! Sewing big-timer! It is very nifty and a good tutorial too (I judge that based on if i get it or not - I'm such a dunce!). Well done.

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  14. Funny to imagine Dan Rather signing off by saying "bottle" rather than "courage." It was kind of a silly signoff anyway. At least, "bottle" would have been uproariously funny. Maybe they do that on the BBC? "Bottle, old chap." It's fun to imagine on these long, cold, cabin-fevery nights. I think it's quite common in the US to hear the phrase "bottled up" to refer to someone who doesn't let their feelings out. It's kind of a synonym for sealed or plugged. Maybe that goes with courage. If you bottle up your fears, you might have more bottle. It's great you all are having fun in the US--the west coast has it all, doesn't it? From lofty snow-covered peaks to crashing surf. Nice place to have plenty of bottle. Here in the Midwest it's so boring some people resort to bottles of another kind, sadly.

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  15. Congrats on your feature in SMS, this is a great tutorial. I had been thinking about putting together a little kit like this for my daughter's 8th birthday - but I'm hopelessly late. We're in deep, deep winter here - I'm getting a bit bored by the white stuff now.

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  16. Lovely little case. Personally, looking at that slope, I would have bottled it !!
    Twiggy x

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  17. oh my gosh!! i love this! i'm always sitting on the bleachers somewhere, and on the occasion i take some hand work with me i usually drag along a big bulky tote. if i had something more travel suitable i could just tuck it into my purse! of course there is the possibility i would just bottle this! :)

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