Hello all. I hope everyone is having a wonderful month. I love March. The weather gets cooler – but you can still wear your summer gear, daylight saving hasn’t ended yet – so the evenings are still long, and it is only 4 weeks until the school holidays.
This week it is my father-in-law’s birthday. David is 81 on Thursday, and like many his age wants for nothing. Normally we would give David a hardware gift card, but they are looking at moving into a retirement village this year, and don’t need more “things”, however last year David and Jean (mother-in-law) had an incident where their car broke down in the evening, and they were stuck out on a road for hours, without a flashlight or anything – so a gift idea was born.
My car emergency kit uses designs from the Edwards Garage design collection, and is quick to make.
- .5m heavy weight denim fabric
- 30cm lining fabric
- 30cm net fabric
- 30cm wadding
- 2 x 35cm zippers to match the heavy weight fabric
- 1 magnetic closure set
- 2m x 38mm bias binding for the binding of the kit
- Edwards Garage embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs
- Embroidery threads to complete embroidery
- Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery
- Sewing thread to match heavy weight fabric
All seam allowances are 6mm
If you use a lighter weight fabric, line your bag with heavy weight wadding, as well as the lining fabric.
- From the denim, cut a rectangle, 50x30cm.
- From the denim, cut two rectangles 12x30cm
- From the lining fabric, cut a rectangle 33 x 30cm
- From the net fabric, cut a rectangle 32x30cm
- From the wadding, cut a rectangle 50x30cm
- Working with the 50x30cm rectangle of denim, fold the denim in half (making a 25x30cm rectangle), then mark up the centre point of this rectangle.
- Working with the centre point, hoop together your stabiliser and denim.
- Load your chosen embroidery design onto your embroidery machine, and stitch out your embroidery design.
- Remove the design from the hoop, and press.
- Take the lining fabric, and join to the denim rectangles (12x30cm), sandwiching the zipper in between.
- Take the netting and join to the external side of the zipper, to form the pocket.
- Sandwich the wadding between the wadding and the external embroidered rectangle, and trim to ensure all are the same size.
- Use a CD (or a similar rounded object) to round off the corners of the rectangle. Trim
- Working with the lining and wadding mark the half way point across the width of the kit, and then 2.5cm down. Mark
- Use the back of the magnetic clasp to mark out the cutting points. Cut two small holes.
- Insert the magnetic clasp and secure through the denim and the wadding.
- Pin all three layers together, stitch all the way across the middle of the kit.
- Attach the bias binding to the outside of the kit.
- Fold the bias binding over, and hand stitch to complete.