In Stitches January Project

January 5th


Dear Finny,
Yeeow! I think your idea of creating the document duvet or CD holder/desktop organizer for our January project is genius. It is January after all — a time for organization. I’m thinking tax season might be a bit more tolerable if my papers are tucked in one of these.

Document duvet

And your theme? Using what we have? Perfect! I am vowing not to buy any more art supplies of any sort for 4 months. I have to start using what’s now overflowing out of the studio closet.

CD and desktop organizer

And so the fun begins! I’ll make the margaritas, you bring the chips. Call me Sunday if you have any problems with the patterns. If I’m slightly slurring and still cutting pattern pieces, all is well.

A couple points of interest: there are corrections to Amy Butler patterns, including the document duvet here. (Thanks June!) And Finny and I have created a Flickr group here for all interested in playing along! By the way Finny, I love the button you created above. So crafty!


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26 Responses

  1. Great, great, great!

  2. I’ve joined! I just went and posted the picture of the desk organizer I made just before New Year’s. I may try the document duvet, it’s so cute! (It’d be a good excuse to buy a grommet thingy)

  3. Can’t wait to get started!

  4. Hmmm…I may have to break the rules a smidge as I am pretty fabric-less and have no fusing or anything. I will double check before I go but there ya have it. I can’t wait to get started though!! 🙂

  5. I’ve been meaning to make the document duvet and now I have the motivation to get on with it. I shall endeavor to stick to the use-what-you-have concept.

    Some advice about the patterns in the In Stitches book–I’ve made a number of them repeatedly (gifts) and got really tired of re-measuring all the time. So, I bought a roll of kid’s white art paper at Walgreen’s and made paper patterns so I now only have to stick the pattern on the fabric and off I go. Saves an immense amount of time in the measuring department.

  6. I’m so excited to get started on this doc duvet – I carry a folder in my laptop bag for my misc docs and this one is WAY cuter than my ugly manila one.

    Glad you like the badge – I’ll put mine up soon.

    If you get snagged on the grommet, give me a call and I’ll see if I can remember how to use mine. I used it once and haven’t cracked it back out since, so we’ll see how many I end up successfully attaching.


  7. I’m going to sit in the peanut gallery on this one – she also serves who sits and cheers – but it’ll be fun to see all the crafty goodness that everyone cooks up!

  8. Can you bottle your energy? ‘Cause I would TOTALLY buy some. 🙂

    Looks like fun! And you’re right about tax season…

  9. OOOHHH I want to play:):) I was just looking at my book again last night….wishing I could buy yards and yards of Amy Butler fabric:):) I am on the use what I have wagon too….and trying REALLY hard not to fall off at least for a month:)

  10. Doode, so many great posts for me to catch up on. (And aren’t brothers great? Even when they’re taunting you from atop a mountain…)

    I’m so in on the Sew-along. I made the Betsy shopper bag over the holidays and there’s just something about a pattern that requires a hammer for grommet installation. I know what patterns I’ll be reviewing for bedtime reading. Doesn’t everyone read sewing and knitting patterns under the covers on a Friday night? (No need for an answer on that one…)

  11. I’m so glad you guys suggested this! I don’t have the book yet but I did get a gift card for Christmas so I’ll check Borders for it. I’m definitely in. Sounds fun!

    I wonder if there’s a snow shovel pattern? I seem to be using mine a lot lately…

  12. I ´wish I had this book, looks lovely! I´m getting stuck into the Crafter´s Companion right now.

  13. It sounds like a funny and very useful project!!

  14. Oh, you ladies and your crafy project! This Lumberjill is going to have to sit it out, but I will live vicariously through you guys, enjoying the virtual margaritas and admiring your crafting prowess. Your photos look great by the way, they look like they came out of a Pottery Barn catalog or something (which is a compliment because I love their design and look!)

  15. oh, what a great idea! i’ve not been much for sewing of late, but can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

  16. I’m in on this one! But with the way things have been going around here, it might be Feb. by the time I get mine done. Fun, fun, fun!

  17. Love that the first project helps us get organized! 🙂 I think it’s cool if you can use what you already have too, what a great way to conserve materials and make something pretty in the process.

  18. great idea, Kelli. I’ll be following your creations with interest. 🙂

  19. I am totally on board with your decision to not buy any new art materials for four months… as it turns out, I rarely purchase and use things on the same day anyway, so why not avoid a trip to the store altogether.

    Here’s to using it up!

  20. what cool projects! can’t wait to see how your document duvets come out!

  21. Okay, I’m taking my 30% off coupon over to Borders on my lunch hour and using my $2.08 in Holiday Rewards and what’s left on my gift card and finally getting that book, since no one gave it to me for Christmas. (I got Sew U instead) I look forward to playing along as life permits. 🙂

  22. I would love to join. I found out about your In Stitches-Along from Beki, and I would love to jump in. I have been working on the bedside organizer for the last few days but I may jump on the document duvet, I need something to carry my lesson plans to and from school in. Thanks a lot for this SAL.