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Trays and Pincushions in Jetty and Collection CF.

I can’t stop thinking about all of the sewn gifts I want to make this holiday season. Are you thinking about that too? If you are looking for ideas for quick favorites, here are some trays and pincushions in Jetty and Collection CF.

I always use Quilt Market as an excuse to make small, sewn things for the booth. Baskets, trays, and pincushions are always easy to set on the table to hold stuff. This time I made 3 trays using Noodlehead’s Tiny Treasures Tray tutorial, some pincushions and a couple of mini thread catchers.

The Treasures Tray is such a great project that comes together quickly, shows off some fabric and is super useful once they are done. I always find about a million uses for these around the house and in the sewing room.

treasure tray and crew pincushions

Anna finishes her trays with leather handles, which is definitely a good-looking finish. I was surprised by how easy the leather handles and rivets were last time I made these, but sadly I didn’t have any leather scraps on hand this time. Rummaging around for an alternative, I decided to give webbing a shot. I like the look of the webbing, but I quickly discovered that it can be a little trickier than the leather. Mainly, webbing can be thicker, and so getting the rivets in place was a test in patience and persistence. I’m guessing that they make thicker rivets to solve that, but I made these work.

PSA: if you use webbing, it’s a good idea to hit the ends with Fray Check to prevent fraying.

treasure tray

Inside the basket are a couple of pincushions from my Crew pattern. They are G and H if you’re wondering.

crew pincushions G and H in Jetty fabric

On the black one I made sure to include some of the selvage so you’d get that fun white stripe on the side. The yellow one also makes use of the selvage design on the fabric.

It is a good thing that all of these projects are speedy, because it’s hard to make just one. I can’t remember exactly, but basically all of these came together in the same day.

treasure trays in jetty fabric

Leading up to Quilt Market I couldn’t stop picking out pairs of fabric for possible Rye projects, which made the fabric pull for these super easy. They may not have made it into a Rye, but I found a use for them here.

sewing trays and mini thread catchers
sewing trays with sewing stuff
sewing tray with sewing stuff

The little thread catchers are the mini version from my free tutorial here. I LOVE traveling with this tiny size, and they come together in a flash. At the show they held my business cards nicely as well as the thread clippings from my demos.

sewing tray and mini thread catchers
sewing tray and mini thread catchers

Tray Pattern: Noodlehead’s Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray

Pincushions: Crew Pincushion pattern by me

Thread Catchers: Mini Thread Catcher tutorial by me

Fabric: Jetty and Collection CF

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Big Stitch coasters to keep.

big stitch coasters_1_carolyn friedlander

I’ve been wanting to make myself a set of these big stitch coasters ever since I made them for this tutorial, and I finally got around to doing that recently.

big stitch coasters_3_carolyn friedlander

I love projects like this, because they are super functional. As a big tea drinker, I find that you can never have too many little things to set a cup on. Because of that, this is one of my go-to gifts, but this set is the one that I get to keep.

big stitch coasters_2_carolyn friedlander

5″ squares of your favorite prints are perfect for this project. The simple shape is a great way to showcase them. After receiving a set of Lotta Jansdotter squares, I knew that this is what I wanted to do with them.

big stitch coasters_6_carolyn friedlander

If you’ve not tried big stitch before, this is a good way to try it. You can explore working with different colors and different types of thread, plus the small size makes for a speedy finish.

big stitch coasters_8_carolyn friedlander

+ Pattern: Tutorial found here.

+ Fabric: Assorted Lotta Jansdotter prints for the fronts, Doe for binding, Rashida Coleman Hale fabric for the backs.

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