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I have far too many ideas for my own good and am currently busy translating some of these ideas into patterns, which I'll share here. I've had patterns published in magazines and books and was told ...

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Travel Sewing Kit from diary

from Handmade Harbour
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Travel Sewing Kit from diary
Travel Sewing Kit from diary
Travel Sewing Kit from diary
Travel Sewing Kit from diary
Travel Sewing Kit from diary

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • use a sewing machine
  • sew pockets
  • hand sew a hem
  • measure confidently

Pattern Description:

Having to go on a long train journey soon, I decided I'd need something to keep me busy - so this will house all my sewing tools as well as act as a small desk on my knee.

It's an ideal way to upcyle an old diary - something that would be unlikely to be reused for any other purpose.

All the fabrics you'll need are quite small - you could use an old shirt and a pair of jeans, like I did, for the main fabrics.

The finished travel kit takes up no more room than your A5 diary did, and holds all your sewing bits and pieces neatly in place for you.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • The size of your book determines the finished measurement - I recommend A5 size but you could use another size book


  • old A5 hardback diary or book
  • enough fabric to cover diary plus 2" all round
  • enough fabric to cover diary again (for lining)
  • small amount of wadding/batting/fleece
  • felt scraps
  • buttons and beads
  • small length of ribbon
  • 2" Velcro (optional)
  • hair bobble/scrunchie
  • embroidery thread
  • tiny amount of toy stuffing (fleece would do)

You Will Also Need:

  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • glue gun
  • craft knife
  • basic tools for machine and hand sewing

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