I made up a little stitching on the go bag to throw in my suitcase and thought I’d share some tips for taking your stitching along with you.
1. A bag to hold it all: I made this zipper pouch using a tutorial found here. I used felt for padding like the tutorial suggests. I like the extra thick bag because I feel like my project will be safe in there.
2. A pattern: Choose your pattern beforehand and print it out. If your pattern is from a book or magazine, make a copy to take along with you.
3. A loaded hoop: Go ahead and load your hoop with your material of choice. You want to get all the prep work done that you can before you take it with you.
4. A pair of scissors: Make sure you have a cover for your scissors (not pictured) so you don’t poke through your fabric or your bag.
5. A few needles: I made a few needle match books that I stash my needles in. Make sure to bring along more than one in case one gets lost.
6. A ring of thread colors: Since I already keep my thread organized on plastic cards, it makes it easy to grab the colors you need and keep them handy on a binder ring.
7. A pencil: I mark off rows on my cross stitch patterns so I always make sure I have a pencil with me when I’m stitching. I wouldn’t recommend bringing a pen in case it broke inside the bag.
Other tips for happy on the go stitching:
- Bring a “small” project – not only in size but an easy pattern with only a few colors. You want something fun and relaxing and that doesn’t require a lot of concentration.
- Keep in mind – no scissors are allowed in your carry on if you are flying on a plane. If you are going to need to cut your thread on the plane, bring along small nail clippers to cut your thread and stash your scissors in your checked luggage.
- If you’re bringing an embroidery project, trace the pattern onto your fabric before you leave.
- Bring old or cheap scissors you don’t mind losing.
- This idea isn’t just for vacation – think road trips, kid’s practices, lunch breaks, craft nights, etc.