I don't know about you, but I like to have some kind of stitching with me anytime I might have a few minutes to spare. Taking your embroidery work with you requires a few supplies and a place for your stitching to stay clean and safe. You can find bags and kits designed for this, but why not make your own? There are plenty of patterns and tutorials for embroidery organizers to choose from!
This list contains different types of bags and pouches that serve a variety of purposes. Some will hold... everything you need. Others are more specific, holding only your floss or tools. All require some sewing. Many of these are free tutorials, but if you're willing to spend a few dollars, you'll find some really amazing cases too.
To get you started, the first free pattern is for a stitching pouch I created and shared on my own blog, Wild Olive. It's an easy sewing project, but has a very sweet ruffle that covers the opening.
Now, read on for 14 more DIYs for you to check out!
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What could be more enticing that the call to "stitch lovely things"? It's a goal for so many (if not all) of us. And this fold-up bag from Bonnie of Cotton Way is a good way to help you accomplish that. It has room for floss, scissors, needles, and a small hoop.
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For those times when you want to carry a collection of floss colors with you, this folder keeps your bobbins organized and easy to view. Melissa from Cornbread & Beans lets you choose how to embellish the outside, which means you can use your favorite embroidery patterns or other techniques!
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The Flora Supply Case is really three patterns in one. You can choose which size you need or make them all so you are ready for any stitching situation. Clover & Violet has so many patterns for bags and pouches, both free and at reasonable prices, so you're sure to find a few ways to keep yourself organized!
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Sometimes simplicity is what you need. This zipped project bag from Avery Claire is the perfect place to tuck your hoop away, along with a few basic supplies. The inset panel is shown with cross stitch, but any embroidery would work in that spot.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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This pattern creates a cloth book that holds pretty much everything you will need for small embroidery projects. Amy of NanaCompany has thought of everything, and although it's called a "sewing book", it's perfect for embroidery too.
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When you take your stitching with you, one of the biggest things to worry about is keeping your work and supplies clean. A vinyl pouch solves that! Jodi from Sew Fearless designed this bag (with multiple pockets) for Sew, Mama, Sew!, and it's especially good for embroidery trips to the pool, park or beach!
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This Go Anywhere Case from Clever Charlotte is another smaller folding case that holds basic supplies: scissors, needle and floss. It's made out of felt and would be a perfect companion for a project pouch.
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Here at the About.com Embroidery site you can learn how to make a felt project pouch with barely any sewing. In fact, it's all done by hand, so you won't need any special skills beyond your embroidery experience!Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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This is another project that is designed for sewing notions. But the zipped case from Melissa at Oh How Sweet would easily work for embroidery notions.
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Slip your embroidery hoop inside this pouch and have room for plenty of other supplies too, thanks to the flat bottom. Bonnie from Pink Stitches created a tutorial that you'll want for more than just your stitching!
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This gorgeous case by Anna of Noodlehead will keep your embroidery essentials safe and sound, whether you're traveling or not. It even has a tab to keep your water-soluble pen in place!Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Here's a tutorial that isn't intended to be a sewing or embroidery case, but it's too perfect to leave off the list. Nicole from Modern Handcraft calls this a quilted file folder, but I see a project pouch. Like the other basic pouches in this list, there's room for your current project in its hoop, plus your other supplies.
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Look for the Stitcher's Organizer at Indygo Junction. The zipped travel case has an inside pocket and primitive styling. Which you could, of course, alter to fit your own style. And who can resist that little heart pocket for scissors on the cover?