I got a little overenthusiastic last week about making purse-sized tissue holders with my new Bernina, but can you blame me?
This project is from a tutorial for Sew, Mama, Sew! by Jennifer Casa, who offers three different variations on the theme. Erika (who is responsible for my buying the Bernina in the first place - thank you Erika!) added a twist in the form of a carry strap when she made hers. I added a different one to make them perfect Valentine's gifts: secret messages.
You want to know how I did it?
First up, I used the alphabet function I couldn't wait to get my hands on to make long strips of cheery words or symbols.
(It's dark in the living room. I totally need to get this machine some full-time space on my desk!)
You can say anything you like, but I found that 15 characters are the most that's practical for the space you've got. Both "Have A Good Day" and "Happy Heart Day" work well. "Best Wishes for Chocolate", not so much, even though I personally would rather read that every time I put new tissues into the case. I programmed in three underscores for cutting room before and after each message, then let the machine go on and on with it until I ran out of fabric.... and then turned the piece and let it run some more.
* Upcycling Tip *
For both the lining and the secret messages, I used castoff men's dress shirts. I have a friend who, go figure, won't wear his crisp cotton dress shirts to work after the cuffs have frayed, so I have rather a good supply. I got 31 lining pieces out of one shirt (see overenthusiasm above), and a ton of messages out of another.
* End of Upcycling Tip *
I cut the messages to leave half to three-quarters of an inch at the top and bottom, and halfway through the six underscores on the sides, so there would be something to fold under and press before stitching the message onto the centre of the lining piece. I gotta say, the ruler on the side of the sewing machine is something I really appreciated for this.
A short message like three hearts can run parallel to the long side of the lining piece:
But the long ones should run parallel to the short.
Trust me on this.
Then assemble the tissue holder according to the tutorial's directions.
And... even cuter?
I love these so much. But I think I forgot to make one for me.