It is coming up to that time of the year when many of us will be out-and-about, travelling hither and thither, locally and globally. So Across this Pond this month is all about those must-have on-the-go items that no traveller can do without.
For me no journey is complete without a book to read or a journal to write in so I am recommending a book carryall as my Across the Pond SAL make for this month’s out-and-about theme.
I used the bible-cover-tutorial by Amy's over at Park City Girl as the basis for my carryall with a few Patchsmith tweaks.
|Amy's Creative Side - Bible Cover
First up I added a little touch of scrapilicious patchwork and hand stitching.
Then I changed the handles as I wanted them to be a bit wider and have a contrast trim to match the lining (check out this tutorial by Delia Creates for a book carryall with similar handles).
|Patchsmith Handles (1.5" wide with fusible batting incorporated)
I also added an elastic loop and button closure rather than a tie closure for ease-of-use. And finally, I included a ribbon bookmark from my Country Heart free bookmark pattern.
|It doesn't matter which way you flip it - this bookmark is reversible.
I quilted the cover which made it a very snug fit for my Emily Dickinson book of poems.
|Every journey starts with a good book.
But I liked the finished carryall so much that I decided a journal carryall was in order - one which would hold a standard A5 journal. More patchwork and a little touch of Patchsmith applique and this is the result .......
The butterfly applique is from my Butterfly Patch mug rug pattern – doesn’t it look pretty sat atop those 1½” scrappy patchwork squares?
|Flown over from my Butterfly Patch mug rug pattern
I followed the same steps as before but this time I added – a pocket on the inside back flap to hold a couple of pens.
But can you spot the obvious mistake? Yes, the handles are round the wrong way – thankfully the contrast trim co-ordinates with the butterfly so I am henceforth calling it a ‘design feature’ ;-)
|Have journal - will travel.
But if reading/journalling isn’t your thing you should pop over to Susie’s Sunroom for some more travel essentials (that girl is one seriously talented pouch/purse maker).
And don’t forget to stop by the Across the Pond SAL Flickr group share your must-have travel accessories with us.
Sew until next time .......