A quilter making a leather wallet…well why not? I liked the idea of this project and thought it would be fun to do the embroidery and make something with faux leather. The bonus for this particular project is that it was a collaboration with Sulky and Sallie Tomato that comes with an online video. I used the class and found it extremely helpful. Pattern designers write things in different ways and seeing and hearing instructions is very different than just reading a pattern.
The one thing that I find difficult (and still did not conquer) is putting in a zipper on a curve. This is the second wallet I did, a little better than the first. I found I had some double-sided sewing tape (Nancy Zieman) and I loved it. I used it when I was fixing the corners and wished I had done so the first time. I can sew curves but there is something about managing the bulk and getting the seam allowance just right that is really difficult.
I love the embroidery on the front. The thread I used wasn’t perfect, but there is enough for another so I may make that some day. The interior pockets are perfect for this simple tool carrier or organizer. The construction was fairly easy, but I knew from reading some of the comments that the corners would be a challenge. The foam was a little thick and there was a second piece of interfacing (almost like timtex) that I omitted. I was glad that I did.
I am so pleased to have something to hold those tools that are specific to embroidery. There are tools that overlap, but there is an array of scissors that I like to have available: my curved snips, a small pair of Ginghers and a Gingher Duckbill scissor. The other tool is useful for scoring sticky stabilizer to remove the paper, so you can stick the fabric on the hoop.
This was one of my goals for the third quarter of Wips-Be-Gone. I have a lot of embroidery projects lined up but some will wait until I have two commission pieces done, so these are good fillers while I piece a larger quilt.
For those of you who follow Tips and Tutorials January will mark year number 3. I am planning on celebrating by challenging you, my readers, to post a tip or tutorial and link it up in January. I have at least six prizes and may work on gathering a few more – the more the merrier right! So start planning for a fun challenge and get ready to blog about a great tip or tutorial! Entries will be from January 22 to February 1. Put this on your list as a fun task for the new year!
Coming Up on the Blog:
Cheers Embroidered Wine Bag
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd with Challenge/Prizes in January
Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop (1/24-28)