I've been feeling a bit flu-ish this week, not real, full-on flu, but bad enough to have to take it easy for a few days and drink lots of hot lemon and honey.
Lying on the sofa, surrounded by tissues and boxsets of Sex and the City, I had a flick through an, as yet, unused present, The Busy Girl's Guide To Sewing by Carrie Maclennan. It's a good little book, more useful to a sewing novice like myself, I imagine, than someone who knows what they're doing already. It's filled with supposedly quick little projects and I was suddenly filled with an urge to make the Keep-It-Neat Pattern Sleeve to store my embroidery in when I'm not working on it. I'm new to embroidery (you can see my first completed project here) but have already found that two big fluffy black cats and white cotton fabric do not mix. In an attempt to store my embroidery safely away from cat hair and busy paws, this is what I made:
I'm pleased with how it turned out, although even as a novice, I'm sure I could have easily winged it and made it myself without the book. My sewing machine has only just come out of a three year long hibernation though, so I thought I'd play it safe for my first project! According to the book, this should have taken me around 30 minutes to make...if that's so, then they were the longest 30 minutes of my life. I think this is actually the first time I've made anything from scratch with my machine though, so I'm quite happy :-)
Finally, I just wanted to show you my cute little Cath Kidston needle holder which was a gift from a friend:
Isn't he cute!?