When Minerva Crafts gave me the chance to try out some Anchor Variegated Embroidery Threads I jumped at the chance. I have a bit of a thing about variegated threads, I love them, both in traditional and contemporary embroidery. Some of the colourways add subtle colour changes to your sewing, others include several different colours to make it pop. This is a little embroidery I stitched for a quilt block using Anchor 1349.
Shortly after I received a lovely parcel in the post of six Anchor threads, a gorgeous Fabric Fat Quarter by Timeless Treasures, together with a length of Aida Band. Aida band comes in different widths, colours and stitch counts. This one is 5cm wide, in ecru, with 16 stitches to the inch, which is my preferred size. With it’s woven edge Aida band is ideal for adding a little embroidery to aprons, towels, bibs, pillowcases, it’s also great for making bookmarks.
I decided to make an embroidery project wallet. I always like to have a little stitching project in my bag, usually cross-stitch, which I can do when I’m out and about, I call it borrowed time stitching, doctors waiting rooms, café’s, train stations…I’ll stitch anywhere! Currently my projects are in plastic ziplok bags, effective but not very pretty.
I wanted my wallet to have a pocket big enough to hold a 5” hoop, somewhere to keep scissors safe and lots of little pockets to keep embroidery threads in. I usually keep my threads on the plastic reels with the number sellotaped over one end, the Aida band would be the perfect size.
I cut three 7” strips of Aida band and embroidered each one with a different stitch, herringbone, buttonhole and chevron, to keep with the embroidery theme. I used a different Anchor thread for each one too. Making mini stitch samplers is a good way of seeing how a variegated thread stitches, how the colours work in reality. These three bands would make nine pockets for my wallet.
I cut a 7” x 14” piece of my main fabric for the outside. I managed to position it so two birds are perfectly positioned on the front. I used a coordinating piece of Kona Solid fabric for the inside. I interlined the inside piece with iron-on interfacing to give it a bit of support with the various pockets. I also cut a piece of scrap batting to soften it, I make quilts so I have lots of scraps, but a piece of felt would work just as well. I ironed another layer of interfacing onto the batting to give the wallet a bit of structure.
I made a simple pocket from another rectangle of fabric and added a felt bird shape from felt to make a little needleholder. I stitched it on using Anchor 1349 along the wing line, adding a French knot for it’s eye.
I used a walking foot on my sewing machine for most of the project as it copes much better with varying thicknesses of fabric. I stitched the pockets on, stitching vertical lines down over the Aida to make nine little pockets.
I layered everything together using clover clips to hold it in place. I find these much better than pins for bulky items. Just before I sewed around the edge I inserted half a childs hair elastic in the back to make a button loop. I stitched round with a quarter inch seam, leaving a gap at the bottom for turning. One tip when stitching narrow bulky seams is to move your machine needle as far right as possible so most of the foot is over fabric, rather than half on and half off.
Once I’d managed the fiddly job of turning the wallet right side out I pressed it and edge-stitched round. I love the way the birds have worked out on the front.
Finishing touches included a self covered button on the front for fastening and two lengths of ribbon inside to keep the hoop and a pair of scissors safe.
If you fancy making an embroidery wallet, this is what I used;
Timeless fat quarter
Kona Solid fat quarter
Anchor threads 1349, 1347, 1325
5cm Aida band in cream
Medium weight iron on interfacing
Batting or felt
Square of co-ordinating felt
Self cover button
I’m really pleased with my embroidery wallet, it’s in use already, it’s perfect for sitting in the garden for a bit of stitching!
Thanks for reading,
Margaret @ The Crafty Creek