stitched sewing organizers

stitch into summer

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Something I've noticed myself and others doing more of these last couple of years is handwork.  This can take many forms including embroidery, applique, english paper piecing and more.  One of the biggest benefits of handwork is the ease of portability.  With summer fast approaching, days seem to fill up with activity.  There is so much coming and going, I sometimes go into a mild panic thinking 'where am I going to fit in some sewing?'.  A little stitching as we all know is hugely therapeutic and calming when life gets busy and stressful.  Often when I'm rushing around, it's too late to start making plans.  Therefore advance preparation can be a huge advantage.  This summer I have big embroidery plans - armed with a copy of my new book, my aim is to happily stitch away in the sunshine (or under a shady tree), on a park bench, waiting at a train station,  (more) waiting for little gymnasts to finish and so on.  Finally I'll be able to stitch without book deadlines and I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that.  I've already started to pack up my sewing organizers with projects ready to stitch.  This involves getting some designs transferred to fabric and hooped up.  Then piling them into an organizer along with a small kit of tools and flosses.  Everything is ready and waiting for whenever I need an emergency sewing fix to throw into a bag and literally run out of the door.  Please note that I am only ever this organized about things I like to do :)

One thing that I'm hopeful of is to convince more of you to try out embroidery.  If you already like to sew and have never tried it (or tried a long time ago) then I'm talking directly to you.  Embroidery is nothing more than stitching with colourful thread.  You can start by learning just one stitch and completing entire embroideries using just that one stitch.  You can learn more if you want to, mix things up and get as experimental as you'd like.  My book has all the info you'll need to get started even if you've never stitched before.  Just think, with a little organization, you can pack up a little stitching kit to keep yourself busy and by the end of summer you could have a nice little pile of stitched pieces ready to sew into projects (and my book has all the instruction for that part too).

To get things rolling, some idea's for organizing.  My Book And Tool Folio (pattern from my previous book Stitched Sewing Organizers) is perfect for stitching on the go.  You can easily fit a copy of my book, some hooped up fabric, threads and needles and you're ready to go.

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If you want to take a larger selection of floss with you, my Booklet Pouch easily holds at least 25 spools of aurifloss (and that's the small size pouch).

I hope you're ready to stitch your way through summer!


boxy pocket pouch

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The good thing about writing patterns and books is that I no longer have to try and remember how I made a particular project if I want to remake it later.  Previously, I would scribble down notes and measurements in illegible writing on scraps of paper.  Which subsequently would make little sense to me a year or two down the line.  Now that I've published several PDF patterns, along with my book Stitched Sewing Organizers, I thankfully have a library of patterns, ready and waiting whenever I get that elusive 'sewing time' opportunity.

My most recent make was a new version of the Boxy Pocket Pouch project from my book.  It was so good not to be working from scratch for once and having all the instructions, pictures and templates together in one place.  I picked some long hoarded favourites from my stash and it's so good to see these pretty fabrics made up into something I can see and use everyday.  I'm planning several more projects already :)

Fabrics used are from Catnap by Lizzy House for Andover fabrics and Black & White by Melody Miller for Cotton & Steel fabrics.

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Stay Gold embroidery

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I've been working away on a couple of new embroidery pieces in the evenings.  It's been relaxing just stitching simple stitches without over thinking things, I always enjoy mindless stitching the best.  Daytime activity has been more than stressful lately and I'm finding more and more that I need to balance things out with activities that can be soothing to practice.  

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The Stay Gold embroidery floss collection I put together for Aurifil has just started to arrive in stores.

I also got around to stitching up a new pouch to house my floss colours in.  This is the See It All Pouch pattern from my new book, it keeps everything together plus you can see all the pretty stuff you have in there.  The pattern for the needlebook in the first photo can also be found in the book.

A pattern set for both the embroideries above can be found here.

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I also stitched up a new version of my Springtime pattern.  This one has a lot more going on in terms of stitches plus it's fun revisting something you've already stitched.  I'm probably going to make this one a few times and then use the finished pieces together in a throw or something.

That's the plan anyhow!


Needlebook Plus

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I sewed up a new version of one of my book projects over the weekend - the Needlebook Plus.  I really wanted to do some quick and easy sewing and this little number fitted the bill perfectly.  I've recently started to understand that it really is worth investing in different needle types for different aspects of sewing.  There are needles for quilting, applique, embroidery and so on.  I've noticed that once my needles are out of the original packaging, it can be hard to figure out which discipline they are for.  I'll be using this needlebook to keep my needles in order, applique needles on one page, quilting on the next and so on.  I also like to keep at least one needle in the original packaging (for future reference) and these can be stored in the pockets at the back of the needlebook along with a needle threader and a small pair of scissors -  I have a small pair somewhere but I've forgotten where I last left them...  Another reason to have made this book.

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There is also a handy pincushion which can be stored in the even handier front inside pocket.  I'm currently using my needlebook for three different projects.  I'm almost finished on one and just starting the other two.  Having everything handily within reach for once means that no matter which project I pick up, I will have the right equipment on hand.

Which is always good when you just want to sew.

Pattern can be found in my new book.

Fabrics are from my new Stay Gold collection - stockist info here


triple pouch

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I wanted to share just one of the projects from my new book Stitched Sewing Organizers with you.  The Triple Pouch is one of the projects I was most excited to share in the book.  It's a super useful pouch that opens up to reveal 3 separate compartments as well as a couple of hidden pockets.  The construction of this one took a long time to work out.  Let's just say me and my seam ripper were on first name terms for a while.  There were many times that I woke up in the middle of the night and thought 'what if I tried to do it this way'.  Quite often I would wonder if I should crawl out of bed and test my idea's before I forgot them by morning...  Anyone else do that?  Once a sewing enthusiast, always a sewing enthusiast.

Finally after keeping this one under wraps for the past two years, I get to show it to you at last :)   

A couple of other points I should mention are that the book is fully illustrated with step by step instructions and it comes with a pullout pattern sheet - all of the template patterns are printed at full size so you can get straight on with the sewing part.  

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I hope you enjoy all the projects in the book.  I would love to see what you make, if sharing on Instagram please use the hashtags #stitchedsewingorganizers and #aneelahoey so I can see them easily.  You can also tag me on Facebook.

If you have already purchased your copy of the book, I would love it if you would leave a little review on Amazon.

Stitched Sewing Organizers is available now -

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