sewing book prototype

February 7th, 2008

I’ve been thinking about this project for a while. All my hand sewing supplies are jammed into a crappy bag my husband got at some conference and it’s gotten so bad that I can’t even bear to look at it much less sort it out. I wanted something where everything I needed would be there when I had a minute to sew (and most of the time it is literally a minute). I just wanted to open it up and sew. Immediately a book came to mind and then I thought of these reader’s digest books. We have a couple (back to basics is my favorite) and you can get them at any thrift store. And low and behold next time I went there was this DIY one waiting for me. I was a little nervous at first because it looked like there might be a ridiculous amount of measuring involved, but there really wasn’t and it came together pretty quickly.

On the left there is one removable embroidery floss card, with spots for 4 more (it was getting late) and a big wonky pocket underneath.  In the middle there is a little ribbon to tie a small scissors.  On the right there are some pockets for pencils and a big scissors or glasses, a pincushion, and under the pincushion is a needle book. I think I may make a few more of these just so I can get it right and maybe even to sell (if you think there are people who would buy them).   I think the big pocket should be two pockets that snap close and the needle book needs a snap or some kind of closure too. I have to totally redo the embroidery floss cards because they were a pain the the butt, but I like that they are removable.  Is there something you would add?  It is too matchy matchy? Should I use different fabrics for everything?  I need some feedback over here.

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49 Responses to sewing book prototype

  1. Floss says:

    What a fun idea – I love it! My daughter made this bag last year with an old book cover http://nzfloss.blogspot.com/2007/10/im-not-only-one.html
    but you’ve really taken it to the next level. Brilliant!

  2. jenny says:

    Clever – I’d buy one!

    Please make at least one with mixed-up fabrics. :-)

  3. kathy says:

    I love the whole take it with you book feel. What an appropriate book as well.
    I would also add a snap-tie to the scissors as I am always picking things up upside-down oops!
    Maybe a plastic (see-thru) pouch that is closed pocket style to hold bigger floss cards?
    I have made an organizer thingy for our airplane but never thought to put it in a book. Great idea!

  4. Totally freaking cool (ingenius, actually!) but I will admit, it’s giving me a kind of camouflage vibe. A smaller print might help get rid of that sewing-in-a-yellow-jungle kind of thing. : )

  5. Johanna says:

    This sewing book is brilliant!! I’ve never seen anything like it!! And just leave that interior alone- it looks perfect as-is. Now I’m looking at some neat old books at my house with a totally fresh perspective… Cool!!

  6. Ketutar says:

    I think it’s an amazing idea and you would most certainly get these sold.

    I think it is ok with one fabric, but it would also be fun in different fabrics – patterned + plain etc.

    I don’t like the floss card. I would make a row of buttons and a strap… There would be either a loop or a strap with buttonhole on the upper edge of the book, and you’d fasten the ready-cut embroidery floss with the loops/straps and hold them in place with a long vertical strap… It would also be easier to make than the floss cards.

    I also think I’d like more pockets and closable pockets… perhaps with a zipper.

    It would also be nice if the whole book had a zipper all around, so that one doesn’t need to worry about things falling from the book while moving it from place A to place B… but then it starts evolving into an ordinary sewing caddy, and that kind of takes out the fresh, original feeling of your invention :-)

    All in all it’s great as it is :-) Well done :-)

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  8. Stephanie says:

    Wow! What a fantastic idea! I think you could definitely sell those. I’d buy one!

  9. Lindsey says:

    I am amazed that no one has a problem with gutting a perfectly readable and useful book. I am an admitted “librophile,” and know I could not bring myself to re-use or recyle in this fashion, in spite of the clever play on the DIY title. That said, it is a lovely way to hold supplies, and if you can do/learn bookbinding, you could make your own (matching) covers for it.

  10. sweetcheese says:

    That is so clever! From the scissors tie, to the pincushion–and don’t even get be started on the cover selection! You will absolutely be able to sell those.
    :) Tanya

  11. Cassi says:

    Love this! I’ve always wanted to try making something with some of the great book covers that you can find at thrift shops. You’ve come up with a super idea!

  12. karen says:

    ….so adorable!! There are soooooo many books just languishing around thrift stores without homes….if not purchased, into a landfill they go to sit unused, unread for all eternity. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!!! Love the sewing kit!!!

  13. Carrie says:

    Very Cool! I’m going to have to try to make this. If you make them for sale, I’d add a loop that snaps, to attach my measuring tape and a spot for a little notepad. I’d also add tons of safty pins….I do a lot of fitting, and this “book” would be great to cart around.

  14. Sayprin says:

    Uncannily Clever Idea! Guess I could come up with ideas for improving/embellishing but overall this is the absolute CUTEST idea! A tall book might allow for bigger projects. Another “page” could be sewn on at the middle prior to adhering to the book back. Two pencil slots could become one slot to house a 6″ ruler. An additional row of tiny pockets atop the lower part of the existing pockets would expand storage. A magnetic strip for needle threaders would be useful. I’d LOVE to see photos of the next generation as I’m sure this project will evolve. Congratulations on an awsome creation!!!

  15. Lori says:

    what a fantastic project – i love it!

  16. Sarah says:

    This is a great idea! I have been tossing around trying to come up with something similar for my various project needs (sewing, knitting, etc). This would work nicely. I was thinking something like this would be great for keeping my purse organized too. Great job.

  17. Alison says:

    Quote:
    Lindsey Says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I am amazed that no one has a problem with gutting a perfectly readable and useful book. I am an admitted “librophile,” and know I could not bring myself to re-use or recyle in this fashion, in spite of the clever play on the DIY title.

    I purchased a book yesterday at an antique shop in Salt Lake City, and felt okay about knowing I was going to gut it, because it is a yearbook from way back when. It has a cool cover, though. Any other books that seemed like they would make cool covers also seemed like a book I would read…or that would make me sad to pull the pages out of. My husband is also a “librophile” and is having to look the other way. :) At least it’s a yearbook…

    I can’t wait to see what I come up with to finally organize my embroidery supplies!!!

  18. Margaret says:

    I think this is a great idea! It is so cute, and I think there are definitely people that would buy them. Put one up on Etsy and see what happens :)

  19. I love this!! Very clever and useful!

  20. Becky says:

    This is the best idea for hiding your good scissors from your kids so they won’t use them on paper! Plus have everything in a compact portable carrier for taking to classes and quilting get togethers.

  21. Stefani says:

    Oh my!!!! This is fantastic!

  22. Wes Crain says:

    I made an apron for work (I make costumes) that carries many of the same things that you’ve included in your clever book design, and I’d like to offer a few suggestions that have really helped me out. You might make some extra room for safety pins–perhaps a flap for them on top of the pockets. I personally hate to be without lots of safety pins when I’m fitting things and such. A nifty little special pocket for a thimble (or two) would be awesome. You might also consider adding a small pair of needle-nosed pliers to the collection. I find them invaluable for dealing with recalcitrant zippers, bent hooks, pulling needles through difficult fabrics, etc. And for that really professional touch, a v-shaped pocket for the scissors with a snap flap so that they don’t fall out and get damaged if the book is turned upside down. The book idea is awesome, and I like the bold print. Wouldn’t it be cool to make the book out of, like, some old hard-bound clothing pattern catalogue book, or maybe a fabric swatch book? Love the creativity.

  23. Elisa says:

    wow! what a fabulous repurp for an unused book!

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