Made from gorgeous fabrics, this sewing case will be a hit with all crafters

Sewing case

Do you have a spare afternoon? Follow our steps and make yourself a sewing case in a pretty printed fabric in three hours.

You will need:

40 x 30cm rectangle of plain fabric
30cm of 112cm-wide patterned fabric
40 x 30cm rectangle of lightweight wadding
10cm of 2.5cm-wide ribbon
Toy filling
2cm button
Pencil and ruler
Matching sewing thread

Cutting out
Cut one 33 x 23cm rectangle from plain fabric, wadding and patterned fabric for the case.

Cut two 23 x 18cm rectangles for the long pockets, two 21 x 12cm rectangles for the small pocket and pincushion and one 9 x 2.5cm bias strip for the button loop from patterned fabric.

Making the case

1. Press the long pockets lengthwise in half with wrong sides facing. Pin and tack the long pockets to the right side of the plain rectangle, matching the raw edges.

Divide the pockets into thirds parallel with the long edges, mark the divisions with a pencil and ruler.

Stitch along the divisions.

2. Fold the small pocket in half, parallel with short edges, stitch the side edges.

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Tack the pocket centrally to the lower long edge on the right side of the plain rectangle, matching the raw edges. Stitch close to the side edges.

3. Stitch one end of the ribbon to one short edge of the pincushion. Fold the pincushion in half, parallel with short edges, stitch the outer edges, leaving a gap to turn through.

Clip the corners and turn right side out. Tack the ribbon end to the centre of the upper long edge of the plain case.

4. Fold the button loop lengthwise in half, stitch the long edge taking a 6mm seam allowance.

Trim the seam allowance. Turn right side out with a bodkin or safety pin. Pin and tack the ends to the centre of one short edge on the right side of the patterned case.

5.Tack the plain case right side up on the wadding. Stitch the lower edge centrally for 12cm.

Pin the patterned case and plain rectangle together. Stitch the outer edges, starting and finishing at the stitching on the lower edge. Carefully trim away the wadding
in the seam allowance.

Turn right side out. Press the outer edges.

6. Stuff the pincushion with toy filling. Slip stitch the gap closed. Fold the case into thirds with the pincushion inside. Sew a button to the patterned case under the loop.