Back in the misty mists of time when I was a teenager, I used to commute to school as my parents decided to move out of London and I wanted to keep going to the same school so I took a train every day. As a result, all my friends were up in London and I also had a Saturday job so every weekend I would again take the train to London to work in the Kings Road in a trendy perfume and cosmetics shop and then, after work, I’d pitch up at my friends house (smelling amazing) and we would start getting ready for the night life. Sunday morning we would lie in and then, more often than not, we’d take ourselves off to Petticoat Lane market to spend our Saturday job money on new clothes. Sunday afternoon we would lounge about watching old black and white films on the T.V. being horrible about the actors before getting ready to go out on Sunday evening, arrive home at all hours and then be almost impossible to turf out of bed on Monday morning for school . Her parents must have had the patience of saints. God bless you June and Harold. I always sat at the back in French class on Monday so the teacher wouldn’t see that I was asleep. If only I’d known where I’d end up living. All this was done with my belongings packed in a carrier bag – usually a Sainsbury’s one although I must have purloined that from somewhere else as my Mum was more of a Tesco shopper then – and I can’t think now why I never had a proper overnight bag at any time during this period. Still, at least nobody could say I didn’t re-purpose before it was even fashionable.
Which brings me, in an extremely roundabout, rambling and not even really relevant way, to this mini suitcase I’ve just made.
Another pattern I bought from Jodie at ricac Sews when she had a sale recently. It’s called the ‘Small World Suitcase’ and I’m still trying to forgive her for planting that Disneyland ride song in my head again. A particular form of torture inflicted on many parents and children over the years
Anyway, this is a pattern with slightly more to it than those little dogs, whales and stars that I bought – a doggy further down to jog your memory about that.
It was fun to make but does involve a lot of interfacing. Each exterior piece has two layers of mediumweight interfacing plus a layer of fusible fleece. While the interior pieces have two layers of interfacing. The cutting out of all those is a bit of a chore but worth it for the strength and solid feel it gives the resulting case.
The lining is hand stitched in and, after I’d treated myself to an unexpected acupuncture session, I resolved to use those little pegs (aka wonder clips) next time instead of pins.
It turned out much bigger than I was expecting and I think this would take a couple of sets of undies, some cosmetics, a toothbrush, a nightie and a (smaller) teddy very nicely.
Much better than a carrier bag be it Sainsbury’s or Tescos.
It would make a project bag with a bit of a difference or a very cute bag for a little girl (or a big girl) – which is why I have another on the cutting table as we speak. I have a Liberty fabric one in mind too which will come as no surprise to regular readers.
I’ve also made another ‘rabbit’ sewing box for my bunny loving client who commissioned another two for Christmas gifts. I’ve finished the first one and have the second one in production.
The wildlife enthusiasts amongst you will notice that these are actually hares but I love this fabric so much and I thought she wouldn’t mind a bit of artistic license. I have promised to revert to bona fide rabbits for the second box.
Here’s the inside
Talking of Christmas gifts – which I sort of was – don’t forget that Sheila over at Sewchet is obviously
bonkers very kind and has decided to organise us again in another exciting Stitching Santa event this year. Whoopee! I don’t know what I like best – sending a parcel full of sewing related goodies (or knitting/crochet related if you prefer) to the recipient Sheila pairs me with or receiving a parcel myself. If you haven’t signed up yet and want to participate this year, there’s still time – just click on the image below and it will take you to where you can sign up. I sign up for the sewing and the knitting one because I like both and can’t choose – so I don’t.