The Fold Up Sewing Folio – Aneela Hoey

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I don’t buy many sewing books frankly because there is just so much material out there on the internet that I don’t need the extra inspiration. It’s also because I usually want to make one specific item that’s caught my fancy and I will happily buy the PDF pattern from the designer.  But I made an exception for Aneela Hoey’s Stitched Sewing Organisers.

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I’d had just made her Project Caddy…

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…and found the pattern well written (although she has now withdrawn that pattern, perhaps to put in book 2!). And the cover project of the Fold Up Sewing Folio appealed. I wanted to make a couple of sewing gifts for people and this seemed a practical but not too time consuming project. There are also other things in the book such as her project trays that I’d like to make. I bought the Kindle version and obviously there are no paper patterns but you click through to a website and print them off. Easy and straightforward and not cluttering up the bookcase.

It’s a great design but the one thing I didn’t like was the flap that holds down the outer cover as you fold it over. I swapped it out for a button. It does mean the reverse pocket has less space but I prefer the look. It did mean having to remind myself how to do button holes but they are soooo easy and after a few try outs it worked perfectly on the folio.

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I love the use of the vinyl and clever pockets. I’d swap out the open pockets under the pincushion for another zipped one if I were clever enough! I like containment and no prospect of things falling out. Another change I made was inadvertently cutting that right hand pouch from the contrast fabric and not the lining fabric but it looks good.

7F5DC1F8-6076-42CB-BE58-8254E1042CA4The outer fabric is from the The Rifle Paper Co’s new Menagerie range. The pictures don’t do it justice. The bright yellow is a lovely metallic gold and it looks luxurious, perfect for a design like this. The inside is Maker Maker by Helen Golden. If I’d been really clever and/or lucky the word ‘maker’ would have stood out more.

When I asked my daughter’s view on this new sewing pouch she waved round the sewing room and said quite correctly you’ve already got so many.  Just as well it’s a gift then….

 

Linking up with Lorna for Let’s Be Social and Amanda Jean Crazy Mom Quilts

4 thoughts on “The Fold Up Sewing Folio – Aneela Hoey

  1. Pingback: Project Caddy and the mysteries of interfacing | The Lilac Cat

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