Travel catch-all

There was lots of traveling last year, and one thing I found that I really needed was a little catch-all for my jewelry, etc. I like my room organized so I don’t misplace things while I’m not in my element.

My last trip to Oslo I discovered Stoff & Stil fabric/craft store by my work office. Um HELLO!!! It was my home away from home. I picked up this beautiful thick felt (in gray of course) that was perfect for a little travel catch-all. Add a few sew-on snaps and you have lightweight collapsible organization!

MATERIALS

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Cut your felt into a 10″ x 10″ square if you haven’t already.

 

Step 2:

Thread your needle with 2′ of thread and leave a few inches at the end. Now imagine a 2″ square on each corner of your felt…position a set of snaps like the diagram below. Don’t forget that one side the bump faces up, and the other the bump faces down.

 

Step 3:

With the snaps facing you, start at the top and thread the following pattern: in 1 / out 2 / in 3 / out 4 / in 5 / out 6.

 

Step 4:

Repeat step 3 following over the stitch, tying a double knot at the end to secure the thread. I know I know…it’s not the right way to sew on a sew-on snap. But I wanted the other side to look like a cute star with the contrasting thread so I’m breaking the rules. :)

 

Step 5:

Repeat on all remaining snaps.

 

Step 6:

Snap the corners together, making clean right corners. Now you’re ready to use your catch-all!

September craft-spiration

Here are my latest craft inspiration from the web for September!

Summer is starting to draw to a close and all the kids are starting to go back to school. I’m luckily out of school…but that still doesn’t mean I can’t covet those back-to-school shopping trips I used to do with my Mother. Besides the new clothes, I was probably most excited about picking out my school supplies. New notebooks, pencils and backpacks to name a few. Here are just a few back-to-school inspired items that may turn into a craft sometime this Fall!

Top Row:

Pencil Pouches – I really can’t get enough of bags in general. These pouches created by Eveden on Etsy are absolutely gorgeous. Simple, clean, and perfect size for storing all your pencils.

Middle Row:

Trays – This biodegradable lunch tray is adorable and it doesn’t help that I’m currently obsessed with trays. I know there will be a tray craft in my future.

Colorful totes – Someday soon I will hopefully get a screen printing lesson from my friend Jen…and then I can make all the printed totes I want!

Bottom Row:

Printed tea towels – Just like printed totes, I love all kinds of tea towels. I don’t have enough room for more in my drawer, but a girl can dream.

Fabric notebook covers – My most favorite fabric notebook cover was made by Jill Bliss. She doesn’t sell them anymore, but I also love this one by Simbiosis on Etsy.