I can’t stop thinking about all of the sewn gifts I want to make this holiday season. Are you thinking about that too? If you are looking for ideas for quick favorites, here are some trays and pincushions in Jetty and Collection CF.
I always use Quilt Market as an excuse to make small, sewn things for the booth. Baskets, trays, and pincushions are always easy to set on the table to hold stuff. This time I made 3 trays using Noodlehead’s Tiny Treasures Tray tutorial, some pincushions and a couple of mini thread catchers.
The Treasures Tray is such a great project that comes together quickly, shows off some fabric and is super useful once they are done. I always find about a million uses for these around the house and in the sewing room.
Anna finishes her trays with leather handles, which is definitely a good-looking finish. I was surprised by how easy the leather handles and rivets were last time I made these, but sadly I didn’t have any leather scraps on hand this time. Rummaging around for an alternative, I decided to give webbing a shot. I like the look of the webbing, but I quickly discovered that it can be a little trickier than the leather. Mainly, webbing can be thicker, and so getting the rivets in place was a test in patience and persistence. I’m guessing that they make thicker rivets to solve that, but I made these work.
PSA: if you use webbing, it’s a good idea to hit the ends with Fray Check to prevent fraying.
Inside the basket are a couple of pincushions from my Crew pattern. They are G and H if you’re wondering.
On the black one I made sure to include some of the selvage so you’d get that fun white stripe on the side. The yellow one also makes use of the selvage design on the fabric.
It is a good thing that all of these projects are speedy, because it’s hard to make just one. I can’t remember exactly, but basically all of these came together in the same day.
Leading up to Quilt Market I couldn’t stop picking out pairs of fabric for possible Rye projects, which made the fabric pull for these super easy. They may not have made it into a Rye, but I found a use for them here.
The little thread catchers are the mini version from my free tutorial here. I LOVE traveling with this tiny size, and they come together in a flash. At the show they held my business cards nicely as well as the thread clippings from my demos.
Tray Pattern: Noodlehead’s Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray
Pincushions: Crew Pincushion pattern by me
Thread Catchers: Mini Thread Catcher tutorial by me
Fabric: Jetty and Collection CF
Hi Carolyn. So many good ideas and you have great style 🙂 What do you like to fill your pincushions with? I’ve done some research and have used ground walnut shells but feel like that made my needles scratchy. Thank you!
carolyn friedlander says
Great question! I love using ground walnut shells, they add great weight, and then I also like adding a bit of wool batting at the top.