Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Let it fly.....

Following on from my last post I can finally reveal some more of the things that I made as Christmas presents:

Travel Organiser
Grumpy Fish Travel Organiser for my MIL


Pattern: Travel Organizer Tutorial by Thimble

With pockets for a passport, tickets, boarding pass and two zipped pockets for coins I thought that these would make useful gifts to be used for years to come.

Grumpy Fish Travel
Grumpy Fish Travel Organiser close up showing the zips


To date this is the most complicated sewing pattern I've tackled. I did it whilst having a crafty day with a couple of friends and without their help it wouldn't have been a success. The zips proved to be a bit complicated but I got there in the end.

Travel organiser
Grumpy Fish Travel Organiser closed


I'm not happy with the elastic closure as I didn't measure it accurately & it's wonky but after nearly 7 hours of work I didn't have the heart to unpick it and reposition the elastic.

Then one for my Step Mum:

Travel organiser
Flower Travel organiser


I was delighted when I found this solid cobalt blue cotton in Dunelm as it's just right with the other two fabrics.

Travel organiser
Blue flower Travel organiser


and straight elastic!

Travel organiser
Flower Travel organiser


and finally one for my Dad:

Travel organiser
Travel Organiser


Dad loves oranges so I had to search for the right fabrics.

Travel organiser
~Travel Organiser


I couldn't buy orange zips locally but found them here. However the smallest zips they sell are 7" so I made his organiser slightly bigger than the others but I now know that I could have cut them down once sewn into the fabric.

and a shot of the cover with the elastic tucked inside but it's straight I promise:

Travel organiser
~Travel Organiser


I added medium weight iron-on interfacing to the two largest pieces of fabric to make them stiffer. DH thinks that the closure needs re-thinking as he's not impressed by the elastic but I'm happy with them.

I've also made another one but it won't be going to it's new home for a while so for now stays hidden. There is also another Christmas present to share but that deserves a post of it's own....

3 comments:

Daisy said...

What a cool idea. They look great - gorgeous fabrics.

Modelwidow said...

What a great present idea. Love your choice of colours/fabrics. Bet they were well received.

Skittl1321 said...

What a neat project- and I LOVE the fabrics you chose.