The Ellie Travel Case, Bee Style.

So you know those days when you spend far too much time on the internet reading other people’s blogs ? I was doing just that yesterday when I came across Fabric Mutt’s Ellie Travel Case and thought I’d give it a go.

This bag is made entirely from scraps; the very last bit left over from The Bee Cushion, denim scraps from my Morgan jeans, and the lining  from my Southport dress cutouts. the ‘batting’ is from a jacket lining kit I bought in a fit of enthusiasm for making a tailored jacket but for which I have not yet developed sufficient skill…..

The zip is an old one from a bag of random zips I got from eBay but which I’ve never managed to match up with any previous makes.

Fabric mutt’s instructions and photo tutorial are really clear and potential items of difficulty are pointed out and explained although they didn’t account for me having to sew through 6 layers of denim weight fabric to attach the handles (breaking 3 size 90 needles in the process !)

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The lining went in well.

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And I’m quite pleased with the end result especially as I’ve never made anything like this before. The finished item is washbag sized and I think it’s really cute.

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The Ellie Travel Case, Bee Style.

The Bee Cushion

Daughter No1 Martha-Anne has designed a ‘Bumble Bee’ pattern for her sister’s 21st birthday and wanted me to make her a cushion with the pattern on. One single metre was printed by Lacuna Press on half panama cotton and delivered to me. 

Coincidentally, the day the fabric arrived I received an email from The Sewing Directory with instructions for making a piped scatter cushion, how fortuitous !

Following the instructions I made some piping which I’ve never done before and made the cushion as instructed. It was easier than I expected.


The piping turned out really well.


I hope they are both pleased with the result. This is a very unique item as nearly all the metre of this one off fabric has been used up.(Bonus, I’ve got permission to use the offcuts for an eye pillow…..)

The Bee Cushion