Well here it is girls, the first free project in the Stitchers' Angel swap project. Yes it is late, but it is still Monday the 18th here just. I am still busy chasing and matching angels and getting your assignments out. If you havent gotten yours yet it is still coming, never fear. If you dont get it tonight then I am possibly waiting on your to confirm so send me an email. sorry about the underline *** new typepad..... cant get it off
A stitchers’ Angel project from the heart of Hugs 'n Kisses.
Stitch this handy armchair caddy to hold your needles and pins, threads and scissors all within reach on your stitching chair each night.
9” x width main feature fabric
18” x 9” batting
8” x 10” white or stitchery background fabric
8” x 12” pocket lining fabric
8” x 10” coordinating scallop fabric
2” x width binding fabric
3-4 Threads to match chosen fabrics
Soft mechanical lead pencil or blue water erasable pen
General sewing and quilting supplies
Cotton sewing thread
#7/8 crewel needle/appliqué needle
6-8” embroidery hoop
Light box or window light source
Preparation and cutting
Download the PDF templates, print them and cut out each one. Please choose your country or printer paper size and select the appropriate download.
Download armchaircaddytemplates.pdf A3
Download armchaircaddytemplatesA4.pdf A4
Download armchaircaddytemplatesletter.pdf US Letter size
1. Cut two piece main fabric 9” x 18”
2. Cut one piece batting 9” x 18”
3. Cut two pocket pieces (B) from white or stitchery fabric
4. Cut two pocket lining pieces (D) from contrasting fabric.
5. Trace two pocket scallops (C) onto right side of coordinating fabric
6. Cut one strip white or stitchery fabric 1 ¼” x 6”
7. Cut two coordinating fabric strips 2 7/8” x 6”
8. Cut approximately 100cm/40” x 2” wide coordinating fabric on the bias for binding
Join using bias joins.
Layer main fabric piece (1) right side down, batting (3) and main fabric piece (1) right side up. Baste or pin. Using a walking foot free machine quilt through all layers. Place Template A on top and trim around outside edges using a rotary cutter or mark with pencil and trim with scissors.
Join two fabric strips (7) to either side of your white or stitchery fabric (6) strip using a ¼” seam. Press seams towards the coordinating fabrics.
Cut out scallop pieces leaving a small ¼” seam allowance around the top scalloped edge. Lay or glue (using Roxanne’s basting glue) in position on top of pocket pieces (3). Using a small appliqué needle and matching cotton thread turn under edge and appliqué into position. (if you have another preferred method of appliqué feel free to adapt and use that). Clip into corners where necessary when appliquéing.
Download your design sheet. Lay your design sheet on a light box or window light source. Trace the pincushion design onto the centre white or stitchery fabric in the pieced panel. You can just use a dot for the centre of each flower and follow the design sheet when stitching. Next lay the pocket piece and trace the design emerging above the scallops. Repeat for the other piece.
Place into a 6-8 “embroidery hoop and stitch on all drawn lines. Stitch a lazy daisy for each flower dot and place a French knot in the centre. A lazy daisy or detached chain stitch is also used for the leaves. The rest of the design is stitched using backstitch.
I have not given thread colours as you need to match your colours to the fabric you have chosen. Choose a green for stems and leaves and 2-3 colours for your flowers.
Once all stitching is finished press well. Lay your pocket pieces on top of the pocket lining with the extra fabric extending at the top. Fold and press the extra in to meet the pocket, then again to form a casing. Edge stitch using a matching thread.
Fold pincushion panel in half right sides together and stitch down long edge. Turn right side through. Insert small amount of fibre fill or wool stuffing and pin into position onto your backing piece ensuring you centre evenly. Lay a pocket piece at each end. Pin.
Baste all pieces with a long machine stitch around the outside edge.
Fold your binding strip in half along the length wrong sides together and press. We are using a double binding like you would use for a quilt. Beginning along one side and leaving a 4” tail stitch to the top or right side of your caddy. A walking foot on your machine may make this easier.
Take care to ease the binding around the corners and don’t pull it too tightly around the curves. When you almost reach your starting point stop, match, cut and join the two ends. Continue stitching the gap
Turn the binding to the back and slip stitch it down using a matching thread.
Your caddy is complete, lay on the arm of your stitching chair for your needles, threads, pins and scissors so they are all in easy reach.
For a printable version download here.
Thank you for any other informative blog. Where else may just I get that type of information written in such an ideal approach? I have a mission that I'm simply now working on, and I have been at the look out for such info.
Posted by: coupons free | November 16, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I never thought of making something like this. I usually store my pins and needles in a plastic container. This is way cuter though.
Posted by: Mike | October 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Lovely pattern. Thanks Helen.
Posted by: Val | February 17, 2012 at 09:43 AM
This is gorgeous!
Posted by: Rein | January 25, 2011 at 06:43 AM
Thank you Helen I have been looking for items to make for my fellow Queenslanders especially for the country ladies so massive hugs for the pattern
Posted by: Joy | January 15, 2011 at 07:47 AM
Helen I want to make this caddy for the flood victims in Queensland Aus, and want to know if when printed out on the A4 paper is that the actual right size for the pattern and are seams allowed for. Can you get back to me soon, as I want it for my sewing group next week.
Thanks Elizabeth K.
Posted by: Elizabeth Kerr | January 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern and PDFs.
Posted by: MichelleW | January 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Hello, I've been unsuccessful at downloading the armchair caddy instructions.pdf. It opens to a blank page. Is it still accessible? Thank you for the pattern, I enjoy your site.
Posted by: Brenda C. | October 31, 2008 at 05:19 AM
I made an armchair caddy today and I really love it. Thanks! Here are some pics:
Posted by: Anna (in Sweden) | October 12, 2008 at 05:22 AM
I wasn't sure where this message should go as it relates to the chair caddy. I hope you don't mind a repeat.
Thank you so much to my Secret Stitcher Angel for the beautifully ribbon embroidered chair caddy in my favorite country colours.
I'm sorry I'm not able to let you all see it as I don't have a blog.
Posted by: Jane Sliwka | September 06, 2008 at 04:46 PM
Gorgeous. thank you very mutch . It's so lovely.
Posted by: crazypatch | September 06, 2008 at 05:26 AM
merci, it's pretty.
Posted by: Elisabeth | August 26, 2008 at 08:28 PM
Helen, thank you for this nice pattern. I will sew it soon.
Posted by: Nicole Michel | August 26, 2008 at 05:45 PM
SOOO beautiful !!!! I dreamed to make one like this... thank you SOOO much for the pattern !!!
Posted by: céline | August 25, 2008 at 07:07 PM
Thank you for the "US letter size" pdf pattern file.
Also,thank you for all your time in putting this together. It is a really great idea. All the girls are such so talented ... with great style. Greatly appreciate all your time in getting this together.
Posted by: Sharon | August 25, 2008 at 05:25 AM
Helen this is a delightful little piece...the colours are very very beautiful...
Thanks so very much.......jojo
Posted by: jojo | August 24, 2008 at 09:18 PM
This is gorgeous and exactly what I need! Thanks for sharing the pattern!
Posted by: Steph | August 23, 2008 at 10:23 PM
I am in the US and can't get it to print the correct size. I put it on a USP and I am taking it to Kinko's so they can print it off for me. Hopefully they will be able to.
Posted by: amy (sew~amy) | August 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM
I hate to seem so stupid, but I have no idea what A3 and A4 are. I can't find that setting on Acrobat reader anywhere. I really want to make this but can't figure out how to print it. I printed it at work but it was tiny. I guess I need to just enlarge that on a copy machine, but how much?
Posted by: Julie | August 21, 2008 at 09:42 AM
If this is a taste of what's to come we are all in for a super stitching time - thank you for your hard work in getting this ready for us
Posted by: Ethne | August 21, 2008 at 05:53 AM
I love the pattern too. However, here in the US we don't use the same size paper as the rest of the world. For me, it's not hard to get the right size paper as we use it in our office. I wonder how anyone else in the US is using the templates.
Posted by: Paula in NH | August 20, 2008 at 11:42 PM
Love the pattern...you did a fantastic work on this one!!
Have mine printed out and will have a try at it!! :o)
Posted by: Stina | August 20, 2008 at 08:38 PM
Great tut on the armchair caddy....the stitchery is wonderful...I have a quilt I did with those same two color of floss with blocks......Char
Posted by: Char | August 20, 2008 at 09:56 AM
Lovely and very useful.
Thanks and greetings.
Posted by: martine | August 20, 2008 at 01:22 AM
thank you for the great pattern Helen.
I'll have to wait for DH to come home before I start as I can't get it printed properly. I'm a bit of a goose with the computer.
Posted by: Tracy | August 19, 2008 at 02:34 PM
Love it, too. I'll be watching, maybe join next time..........
Posted by: Marsh | August 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM
This is gorgeous, I can't wait to make one. I wanted to join the swap but felt I had to much on my plate already - so I am extra grateful that you are still sharing the pattern with us un-swappers! Thank you.
Posted by: Priscilla Halliday | August 19, 2008 at 10:47 AM
I reckon if all the projects are as good as this my partner will have them all :-)
Beautiful work Helen!
Posted by: Jo in TAS | August 19, 2008 at 09:06 AM
Beautiful! Thanks so much! Can't wait to get started.
Posted by: Carolyn | August 19, 2008 at 09:02 AM
Helen, Thank you so much for this absolutely lovely caddy pattern. A divine start to the week. Thanks heaps Linda
Posted by: Linda Goozee | August 19, 2008 at 08:14 AM
Oh I love it. I haven't joined the swap but I will definitely be making this. I had promised myself I wouldn't by any more fabric but this one deserves something special so I guess I will be visiting the quilt shop today. Naughty Naughty. Stupid question though. Do we have to print the templates out on A3 they seem very small if it is A4? Cant wait to get started.
Posted by: Rebecca Woods | August 19, 2008 at 08:04 AM
Helen, thank you for all the work you are doing for this fantastic swap! How nice to start out by doing this caddy! The caddy is just perfect!!
Posted by: Erin | August 19, 2008 at 07:08 AM
Wow, what a lovley stitchery..Love to see all of the girls in Stitching Angel swap what they will do with this one..
Good luck girl and thanks Helen for the pattern
Posted by: Marica | August 19, 2008 at 06:35 AM
Helen, you did so good on this pattern. Love it.
Posted by: Bonnie | August 19, 2008 at 06:26 AM
A new wonderful pattern --I can´t resist it:-)).Thanks for a lovely design!!!!!!!
Posted by: Gudrun | August 19, 2008 at 05:07 AM
thank you so much for these great idea. Have a nice day
Posted by: Gudi | August 19, 2008 at 04:58 AM
thank you so much for these great idea. Have a nice day
Posted by: Gudi | August 19, 2008 at 04:58 AM
This is gorgeous!
Posted by: Koningskind | August 19, 2008 at 04:40 AM
thank you, i love it
Posted by: müller christin | August 19, 2008 at 03:30 AM
I love it.. Thank you for all your hard work in coordinating the swap. This is a beautiful piece. I am still waiting for my angel.
Polly in Long Beach:)
Posted by: polly | August 19, 2008 at 02:43 AM
Thank you!!!! :)
Kisses from Brasil... Célia
Posted by: Celia R. Rosa | August 19, 2008 at 02:27 AM
thank you for the wonderfull pattern
Posted by: evelyne | August 19, 2008 at 01:18 AM
This is a lovely project ! Thank you very much !
Posted by: helene | August 19, 2008 at 01:08 AM
This caddy is beautiful. I can't wait to make it.
Posted by: Diana | August 19, 2008 at 01:06 AM
Thanks for the pretty pattern.
Love to stitch the caddy.
Posted by: Anett | August 19, 2008 at 12:47 AM
I think I might have to make two!! One for me and one for my swap partner! Way cute! Thanks sew much.
Posted by: Annette | August 19, 2008 at 12:27 AM
This is a beautiful design! I wanted to participate in the swap but time just won't allow it . . . but I'm still on the sidelines watching. I'll be making this pattern for sure. Thank you. - Marlene
Posted by: Sipiweske Quilts | August 19, 2008 at 12:24 AM
Ooh that is so lovely :)
I can't wait to look for fabric I can use for this ;)
Posted by: Henderica | August 18, 2008 at 11:52 PM
I love it! Thank you so much.
Posted by: Jo Marcellino | August 18, 2008 at 11:25 PM
Hey, what a lovely freebie - and just as I was thinking of ordering a pattern for something similar. Thank you Helen.
Posted by: Amanda Ryan | August 18, 2008 at 11:14 PM
How absolutely gorgeous... what a great start to the Stitching Angel Swap. I'm so looking forward to starting this.
have a great week full of creative inspiration!!
Posted by: Darlene Carroll | August 18, 2008 at 10:56 PM