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all the yummy aurifloss

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I was so happy to receive some of the new Aurifloss thread boxes last week.  These small embroidery floss collections are exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop and are available in 4 colour sets.  The sets are perfectly co-ordinated so all you need to do is start grab a needle and some fabric and start stitching!


As well as the Aurifloss sets, there are also Aurifil Patchwork sets in the same colour groups (perfect for piecing) and Finishing sets (perfect for hand quilting).  


Here you can see the different colour options.  Along the top (L-R) are the Tart and Macaroon sets and along the bottom (L-R) are Scone and Biscotti.

My hands down favourite is the Macaroon very closely followed by the Scone colourway.  I also have my eye on the Finishing sets since I hand quilted one of my quilts last year and now want to hand quilt all the quilts!!  



So back with the floss - the packs were opened and I was stitching away within minutes. I'm keeping this little project for the evenings, it's a perfectly relaxed way to finish the day!  I'll show you more soon!

all in one box pouch

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Today I'm introducing you to my newest sewing pattern - the All In One Box Pouch.  Just as the name implies, it's a box pouch with a little more handy pocket space.  I'm someone who likes to cart my sewing stuff around alot - around the house, in the car and out and about.  I can leave the kitchen sink behind but usable notions and haberdashery are always on my person.  Just as I like it :)

So this pattern is my take on a portable sewing room in a pouch (kind of).  The idea is that you could keep your current work in progress in the roomy main part of the pouch and all your threads, needles and such (hello Aurifil) in the handy front pocket. Once unzipped, this pocket folds down to reveal a vinyl interior so you can see everything you need to have on hand at a glance.


Here is how the pouch looks with the front pocket closed.  Everything is nicely packed away securely.  There's lots of ways you could use your fabrics to make this pouch.  The front pocket provides a good opportunity to use something you really want to showcase (hello hoarded stash).  I used my highly coveted collection of Catnap by Lizzy house for this one.


Inside the main pouch there's plenty of room and quite by accident I discovered that the small sized tray from my nesting boxes pattern fits really well in there.  I couldn't have planned it better - you can fit two trays in the base of the pouch or you can fit four in total by stacking another two on top!  


They are easy to get in and out as you need stuff but everything stays neatly organized.  So plenty of options depending on your needs.


There's also a handy double pocket on the back, the idea is that you could keep your scissors and pincushion here perfectly within reach as you sew.  There's perfectly sized pincushion instructions included in the pattern.  Also pictured here are my foldover mini pouches, these are super handy and make great gifts too!


And there we are.  So far I've made two, the second one uses my little red print from my A Walk In The Woods line.  I don't plan to stop there as I've found these to be super useful for travel too.


I hope you enjoy the pattern!  You can find it here :)