It’s a frosty and cold morning here in Essex so the perfect time to sit down with a hot cuppa and let you know how I got on with one of my latest pattern purchases.
I recently bought two of Aneela Hoey’s patterns to go with the Stitched Sewing Organisers book that I received for Christmas. I have picked up the book many times but have not been able to decide which project to try but I knew I wanted to try the zip up tray pouch so decided to go with that first. I have resisted buying these for quite a while as the requirements for interfacings and vinyl etc aren’t so easy to obtain but thankfully the lovely folks over at Olive and Flo Handcraft were able to put together a little bundle for me with the patterns and supplies (excluding fabrics & zips).
So with pattern and supplies ready, I pulled out some fabrics and got all the cutting done. The supplies include a thick fusible interfacing so I put a new sharp needle in my machine and got threaded up.
I bought a bundle of these gorgeous Indigo Batik prints from Higgs and Higgs last summer and I knew this pattern would show them off well. I did plan the cutting carefully so as to get the pattern even across the tray. Once the zip has been sewn in, the pattern comes together very quickly and the firm interfacing is perfect for holding the shape. While I often substitute interfacings, I really would stick with what the pattern suggests here, it needs to be very stiff so it is worth getting the Pellon Peltex if you can find it.
I was able to sew the tray ends on at the sides but did end up hand sewing the bottom as I couldn’t find the right angle to get it under my machine. Once the tray ends were on I folded the binding around and held it in place with binder clips ready to finish with a little hand sewing.
Sewing down the binding was tricky and I did struggle a little in the corners but I am pleased with the result and it does look neat. The finished tray is a little larger than I expected, but folded up would easily pop in a bag to carry around. With the firm interfacing the tray is solid when open and would be perfect for a train or car journey. I think this pattern would be great for anyone doing some English Paper Piecing as it’s a great size to hold a bunch of supplies. It would also be handy for holding some toddler toys or colouring pencils for young children to take out and about. I would even say it might even work well to hold a couple of jars of baby food with a bib and small cutlery for little ones.
The pattern is easy to follow and very clearly written. With pictures throughout it would suit most levels of experience, the only tricky part being the final binding. If Aneela’s other patterns are as good I will very soon have a bunch of pouches and cases for just about every possible need!