We’ve been experiencing a little problem over here, but never fear, I sewed something up to fix it.
Yep, that’s right. There was a pile of pacifiers on the nightstand with no fabric bowl to hold them.
Actually, the problem was that I was tired of searching – on my hands and knees, in the pitch dark, at all hours of the night – to find the binky that Oscar had accidentally kicked out of the crib. So I decided there’d better be a handful of spares on the table. And if there’s a handful of spares, they’d better be in a cute little dish. Or better yet, a fabric bowl.
That’s when I remembered seeing this thread catcher, and figured I make a little binky catcher. I bought Nova’s Nesting Fabric Bowls pattern back in January and made this one out of linen and Echino right away:
It’s the 6-inch size and I’ve used it all over the house – to collect baby toys, mail, random junk – I just keep moving it around because it looks nice everywhere. Here it is on top of the toy shelf for scale.
((And yes, I can’t help it, I love to arrange stuff on shelves more than just about anything.))
Anyway, I absolutely love this pattern, and while there are many tutorials and freebies out there for fabric baskets and bowls, I’m so happy I bought this one. Everything you ever wanted to know about making a structured fabric container is included in this pattern, right down to the proper method for fusing your interfacing. It’s super detailed and thorough and wonderful, trust me.
The pattern comes with a formula to make any size bowl you like – her lovely little thread catcher is 3 inches, but I made the flowered one in the 4-inch size thinking the smaller size might be too tiny. But then I made a 3-incher in some Kokka robots just for fun. You can’t have too many binky bowls, right?
But back to this one for just a moment:
The floral fabric is from the Carnaby Street line, and was a free sample I picked up at Pat Bravo’s booth when Quilt Market was in town a few weekends back. Now let me just say, it pays to be friends with Kristin of skirt as top, not only because she’s all-around awesome, but also because she’s in with all the cool kids, including the amazing Rae of Made by Rae fame. And between the two of them I got to go to Quilt Market – thanks for the hook up, ladies!
That’s right, I got to meet Rae, and she was just as fabulous and delightful as you might imagine (and the only one of these three who could be bothered to look up from Instagram for my photo! :)). I also had the pleasure of spending time with Cherie (left) of You & Mie, who was also, no surprise, utterly delightful. And that’s the ever delightful Kristin in the middle! What can I say, it was wall-to-wall delightfulness!
And, AGAIN with the connections, Kristin introduced me to Liesl of Oliver + S, which was just totally surreal. It goes without saying that I adore all things Oliver + S – these are patterns that got me really excited about sewing in the first place, and to me they’re in a class of their own. It was such an honor to meet Liesl, and I’m preeeeety excited to have photographic evidence of the event (plus, look! she’s touching me!)
Anyway, those were the Quilt Market highlights for me – it was exciting to see all the beautiful booths and upcoming fabric lines, but even more fun to spend time with some very lovely and talented members of the sewing community. Thanks again to Kristin for facilitating it all!