The wonderful thing about stitching, sewing and knitting is that you can enjoy these pleasures almost anywhere. I admit, there are some pursuits that would make it a bit difficult - paragliding and swimming being just two that spring to mind! But most sewers I know love to catch up on their needlework when they're travelling as a passenger in a car.
My gorgeous friend Narelle, is no exception! She and her husband have just purchased a camper trailer so that they can take their children on holidays all over Australia. So what could be a more perfect gift than a sewing caddy that attaches to a vehicle window?
Now before I go any further, I have to credit this wonderful, brilliant, ingenious idea to Karen from Sew Many Ways. Have you checked out her blog? You'd be in for a treat if you like practical ideas and tutorials! This is her sewing caddy tutorial. I decided to go for a different look with my travel caddy so didn't follow this particular tutorial... but it was the catalyst for my sparks of creativity. Thank you Karen! :-)
The caddy is made using a clip-on 750ml bottle/cup holder that attaches to the inside of the car window. I cut the top off a 750ml plastic bottle and lined it with neutral tone-on-tone fabric. I then designed a 'wrap' for the cup and holder to form the body of the caddy.
It comprises a needle-case, a thread holder (that you can attach your embroidery cards to) and a scissor fob. The needle-case and thread holder are sewn into the body of the caddy so that there is no chance of them falling on the floor!
The inside of the caddy can be used to hold your stitcheries, scissors, knitting yarn and needles, or whatever else you may wish to take along with you.
Inside the needle-case:
This wonderful fabric was ideal for my purposes! I featured it in my last post and it is called Peace on Earth by Three Sisters for Moda. I also made Narelle and her husband a travel journal from the same fabric, so they can write their accounts on each camping expedition they make!
I found some travel-themed paper clips in my local craft store, and they couldn't have been a better match. You can just see them popping out of the top of the journal.
And do you know what I was thrilled about? Narelle and her husband lived in Singapore for several years... and I managed to incorporate this into a design on the front of their journal. Here is a close-up, I stitched a line between Melbourne and Singapore, and added little buttons as the 'destination' points. How awesome was that?! Thank you Moda, for the perfect fabric!! :-)
So there you have it - another useful creation! Ooh - I think I'm beginning to live up to my blog name! He he he...
When Narelle starts using her caddy I shall ask her to take a pic of it in it's rightful home on her window!
Until next time - Enjoy the stitches as well as the views!
Hugs! Vikki x