Koala Cross Stitch Storage Bin

I actually made a cross stitch project and turned it into something all in less than a year! Maybe even less than a month start to finish!

Remember back when we were worried about the fires in Australia? It seems like a lifetime ago with everything going on in the world these days. Way back then in January, I think, I bought a bunch of koala patterns. And I’ve made a couple of them!

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Including this sweet one by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, With Love!

It went faster than cross stitch usually does! I wanted to do something with it besides hang it on a wall and decided to make a storage bin.

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First I sewed the cross stitch to the fabric with the circle cutout, like usually do, using this tutorial.

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For the storage bin I decided to use the Faithwell Storage Bin pattern by Sew Sweetness. It’s a free pattern with a video tutorial. Super simple. And I made it more simple by eliminating the open hole handles. I picked my fabric and laid it out on the foam interfacing and did a quilt as you go before turning it into the storage bin.

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With the quilting I did, it doesn’t stand up in a perfect circle, but I’ve learned that the more stuff you put into, the circular shape starts to show better!

I was going to take it to work for a pencil holder. I obviously didn’t pay much attention to the directions and the finished size, because it’s a bit big for a pencil jar! So now it sits on my sewing table holding the pieces to my temperature quilt that I’m working on.

What’s your favorite thing to do with cross-stitch projects?

Quilted Music Pouch

This gift coordinates with the elephant pouch I showed in my last post! Both were given as gifts to U of Alabama fans… Hence the color scheme!

Music Pouch

My dad wanted a music pouch for Christmas. He had found one on Amazon, but I decided I can make that! To start I basically made a mini quilt for the outside of the pouch.

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I knew design I wanted to use for the outside and I had an idea of how to construct it, but I wasn’t sure exactly. Then I remembered the Two In One Pouch by s.ot.a.k Handmade. I made a few of these years ago and I still love them. I just quadrupled it! And sized it to fit a note pad in the zipper pockets.

Music Pouch

The one thing about the pattern that I’ve always wondered about is the space between the two pouches. I’ve always felt that there should be pockets or something between the pouches. For this one, I made pockets. Another spot to put your music sheets!

Music Pouch

The funny thing is, I was planning on making this tumbler pattern for the outside for a while. Then the ‘free gift’ with Love Patchwork and Quilting, was a set of tumbler templates! How perfect was that?? The templates did make it easier!

Music Pouch

Music Pouch

Now I want to make one for me! We’ll see!

 

 

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