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Travel Sewing Kit from diary


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY use a sewing machine sew pockets hand sew a hem measure confidently SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The size of your book determines the finished measurement - I recommend A5 size but you could use another size book

Recommended with this pattern

  • old A5 hardback diary or book
  • enough fabric to cover diary plus 2" all round
  • enough fabric to cover diary again (for lining)

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Handmade Harbour
Handmade Harbour
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 by a magazine editor my pattern instructions are easy to follow. Please let me know if they're not and I'll rectify! I love the slightly quirky, recycled and different and I aim to use recycled fabrics for all my patterns when I can! I blog at and (this one's mainly about my hand-painted gifts which I sell online). I'd love you to visit - pop in sometime! I first learned to sew as a small child at my Grandma's knee - I still have some of her sewing threads, decades later and am teaching my own granddaughter to sew now.