I wanted to make a sort of portfolio organizer that would contain my sewing projects A4 notepad/tutorials/patterns/inspiration pictures and little notes to my self, so I drafted one that seemed to fit my needs (with even a zippered pocket on it). I have learned from my previous prototype making for this type of project not to cut all pieces in the beginning and am glad I did that because the calculations were not correct on my draft resulting in having to simplify the design. I ended up with the organizer below (on sale at my etsy shop). I’m quite happy with the result as it is a very useful item and can be used to store/carry so many things like drawings/magazine/notepad/inspiration cuttings/pictures…, it was fairly easy to make, except the expandable left pocket where my machine struggled with so many layers of fabric and interfacing. I still like my first draft though so will attempt to remake that one later on.
I’ve also finally made 2 of Amy Butler frenchy bags for my mum and sister but forgot to take pictures.
My other new item is a wallet cards organizer which I started 2 weeks ago, no it doesn’t take 2 weeks to make, it’s actually a very quick project but I waited for inspiration about the closing, I wanted to use leather but wasn’t sure how to attach it to the organizer (as I didn’t want to handsew or machine sew the leather) and tried using my trusty snaps from snapsource, I was concerned the snaps would not be suitable and that I would have to buy special ones but they did the job perfectly. The leather I used is 2mm thick, so is perfect for items like this. The closing is designed so that it is removable and replacable with a different one (made of fabric for example) for those who don’t like leather. The wallet comes with a removable insert for 6 cards, so that if you fancy a change of look you could take the insert out and use it with another wallet.
Next project will be a passport holder.