"I love New York in June, how about you? I love a Crafternoon, how about you?" Okay, maybe those aren't the exact lyrics.
But taking my sewing and stitching with me is essential. I'm thinking: knitters with their big totes of wool and bamboo needles. It should be just as easy for me.
This week I fixed that little issue for YOU time and ME time. This tote holds all the necessities of embroidery:
Where can YOU time happen?
- trains, busses, and planes
- the beach
- hospital waiting rooms
- family gatherings
- lunch with the girls
- that favorite cafe
- picnics and barbecues
It's really quite a simple pattern with three layers plus pockets inside. The handle slips through a loop - no added zippers, snaps, or buttons to attach. The pattern fits hoops up to 9".
NOTE: The embroidered design is NOT provided. I made my Embroidery YOU Time Tote from a partially stitched pre-printed panel from a 1984 Better Homes and Gardens kit. It was a thrift score.
The back of the tote shows the original print.
Use a single piece of favorite fabric for each layer or piece together two sides per oval as I did so you can use scraps, upcycled pieces, or make a patchwork cover. And there's a little needlecase to match.
I used the embroidery linen panel, a women's chambray shirt, and some cotton batting for my tote.
Click this link to get your free Embroidery YOU Time Tote sewing pattern and tutorial. I love to share my projects with you!
Looking for an embroidery project to put IN that new tote? Feel free to wander through my shop. I have downloadable patterns and pre-printed fabric panels to get you going. If you are an inspired newbie, sign up here to get a free pattern ebook. My gift to your hands and YOU time.
And just in case you're mad about books and love a Crafternoon, here's a little blast from the past with all the correct words: