My Firefly Sewing Envelope was begun in Sue Spargo's class during Quilter's Affair in Sisters, OR this past July. It is the first time I've been able to get into one of her classes, and I had a wonderful time! There are so many different textures to play with, and then you can take the embellishing as far as you want with embroidery, beads and ribbons. It was one of those projects that was hard to pot down, although not possible for me to work on in the car. I've been continuing to work on it, and have finally finished it! She demonstrated many stitches and techniques in class and also taught us how to make the felted balls to decorate the zipper pulls, so I'm finally able to make whatever color I want, although it will be trial and error to make them in other sizes:-)
Anyway, this is my cover. The bird off to the right is a covered button to keep it closed.
And here is the back:
It is a tri-fold design, so this is how the outside looks when laid flat. The left section has pockets, upper ones have a flap to keep contents inside, while lower pocket is divided to hold tools / pencils, and the back cover is a large flat pocket that could hold a notepad, stencils or small cutting mat.
The inside of the sewing envelope has zipper pockets on each side which could be left as one large space, or divided. I chose to divide each of mine in half to hold medium sized tools, threads, or other things. The center of the interior has a needle book and a flower applique with a pincushion center.
All that's left is to fill it with my tools, so I can begin using it!
(I wonder if I could use the tri-fold idea to design something to take my sketching / painting with me - of course I wouldn't embellish it nearly so much.)