Hey everyone. I'm back. I didn't forget and look the wrong way when crossing the street in London and find myself smooshed beneath the wheels of some impossibly tiny European car. Nor did I find myself among the ranks of bloggers who start a blog and have a good thing going only to suddenly disappear forever, as if abducted in the night by some paramilitary group or something. Really, all that happened was that this damn tutorial was a bit more complicated than expected and I meant to work on it on the plane but then I forgot the sheet that had my measurements for the pattern on it so I couldn't work on it then and instead I have been putting it together this past weekend in fits and starts between birthday parties and cookouts and work on the garden and just watching Beeper splash maniacally around in his new kiddie pool while I eat fruit popsicles. But, it is done. Hallelujah.
This is it, in all its imperfect glory. I even included a couple of extra little projects in the download--for the girl-face pin cushion, and a little felt needle book. Just because I thought you might want to make a little something extra to stash inside the sewing box once you complete the kit itself.
And yes, there are 14 pages to this tutorial, but that does include the pincushion and needle book, and all the templates...so don't get scared about it. This project is not so hard, although fairly exact measurement is important when making the box or your completed box may look a little down at the heels and saggy in all the wrong places--but even then, this is supposed to be for a kid--who will likely never even notice a sag or two, especially if you stock the kit with all sorts of yummy sewing goodness.
So, there is a photo of all the materials you need to make the whole shebang. And here is the tutorial for you to download:
Now go forth and make some sewing kits for yourself and the kiddies in your life. While I cannot guarantee anything soon, I am working on a series of kiddie-friendly first-sewing projects, the patterns for which will be for sale in my little shop...because, if you are going to have a first sewing kit, you kind of need some first sewing projects to go with it, right?
(and I will be back with some photos from the London trip--including an afternoon of shopping at Liberty and buying a bit more tana lawn than was probably prudent...)