Friday, February 13

Bluebirds Sewing gift to you!

It's Friday here in Australia...enjoy my birthday gift to you!

Caddy Size: 61cm x 31cm (24in x 12in)

Stitches Used: Straight stitch, Stem stitch, Lazy Daisy stitch,

Cutting: From the main fabric cut :
2 (24in x 12in) 61cm x 31cm pieces being for front and lining
Matching ric-rac for front stitchery

From Calico cut:
1 (15in x 12in) 43cm x 31cm for the large pocket
1 (16in x 12in) 41cm x 31cm for the twin underneath pocket piece
1 (10in x 12in) 28cm x 31cm for the Triple pocket piece
1 (6 ½ in x 10 ½ in) 16.5cm x 27cm for the Pincushion
1 (6" x7") for the front stitchery

From the Pellon cut: 1 (24in x 12in) 61cm x 31cm for top Front Piece
1 (7 ½ in x 12in) 22cm x 31cm for large pocket
1 (4in x 12in) 10cm x 31cm for twin pocket piece
1 (5in x 12in) 13cm x 31cm for triple pocket piece
1 (6" x 7") for front stitchery

Please read the preparation and making up instructions carefully before commencing...
PREPARATION: Using a marker and ruler, mark in Horizontal lines 2" apart down the length of the front fabric piece
Tack or pin Pellon onto the back of this piece and machine stitch Pellon and fabric together down the marked lines with matching thread....set aside.

I hope that by double clicking on the design transfer picture it will come up to actual size for you to print off...if not you may need to enlarge it a little... or
Please try and see if this PDF and this PDF link works for the correct size of the stitchery....

Trace the Bluebirds onto the front fabric stitchery piece, back with Pellon... and embroider with your choice of threads...refer to pic for inspiration..

Attach the bluebird stitchery to the right hand side of the front piece by stitching around the stitchery, and finish off with your choice of ric-rac around the outside edge.

Keeping in mind that the 12 inches is the width, fold pocket pieces in half and press.
Keeping in mind that the fold line is the top of pocket, position the pattern sheet under one half of each pocket piece.

With a sharp HB pencil transfer the design outline of the letters, scissor and heart shape onto the fabric.
Place the heart on the triple pocket in the centre of fabric, position the scissor shape to the right leaving enough allowance at the side for seams, the button letters to the left also leaving room at the side for seams.
Using the fold line as a guide for the top of the pocket and making sure you have the designs the right way up, trace in The “I ♥ TO SEW” letters about 1½ inches down from the fold line.
Please refer to the pics for guidance...

Tack Pellon pieces onto the back of each corresponding pocket halves

I have embroidered a very simple stitchery with just a few lazy daisy flowers and leave....You may embroider in as little or as much as you like...

BUTTONS POCKET: Using one strand of DMC thread stem stitch the letters.

If you wish...Scatter and work in lasy daisy flowers and leaves among the letters.
With one strand of the DMC green thread, stem stitch the heart, again work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves to one side of the heart...trailing up and down.

SCISSOR POCKET: Stem stitch the scissor handle with one strand of Black DMC thread, then stem stitch the scissor blades with one strand of grey DMC thread.
Work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves around the scissors if you wish..

LOVE TO SEW POCKET: Using one strand of the black DMC thread stem stitch the letters.
Work in lazy daisy flowers and leaves up and down through the the heart

BLUEBIRDS SWAG: Trace off the bluebirds swag onto the large pocket piece..approximately 2" down from the fold line.
Embroider the design, ..It's best not to draw in the flowers and leaves, as you may not be able to cover up the pencil marks...embroider them in free hand..
This picture shows the outside and inside lining pieces of the caddy...

Place the "I ♥ to Sew "pocket in place on the inside lining piece of fabric...

First stitch down the "I ♥ to Sew" pocket down the middle to the lining..
Then place the Heart, scissor and buttons pocket on top....Fold back out of the way. the lining fabric so as not to catch in the stitching....stitch down the two seams on either side of the heart to the other pocket underneath...

Lay back down the the lining with pockets flat in place... see picture above.
Place the front outside piece flat on table, right side down. Lay the lining piece with pockets in place on top...lining up the raw edges together, trim off any excess... pin in place and stitch around the outside edge to hold in place....

Starting from the middle ..Mark and machine stitch three rows of stitches 2½ inches apart across the width in the middle ...this will be under where the pincushion will go.

PIN CUSHION: Fold the pincushion piece of fabric in half and stitch up the three sides leaving a small opening to turn through. Turn right side out and stuff with polyester fill, sew up the opening. Attach the pincushion to caddy with a button on each corner.
COTTON REEL HOLDERS: Cut two pieces of narrow ribbon 12 inches long, fold each piece in half and stitch down onto the caddy next to the pincushion... thread one half of the ribbon through the cotton reel and tie with a pretty bow... see pics..
Straighten and trim raw edges.
BINDING: Cut binding 2 1/2 inches wide , press in half lengthwise and sew onto right side of caddy; turn over to wrong side and hand stitch down to the back.
If you wish you can make ties out of left over main fabric and attach to front of caddy.

Your Bluebirds Armchair Caddy is now ready for you to use and enjoy. It is ideal to take small projects in when travelling...or place on your favourite armchair and have everything handy by your side...

All care and effort has been taken to ensure Pattern and instructions are as clear and easy to understand and follow as possible. ...if you have any questions please email me.

The front bluebird design is a free download design from Needlecrafter
This caddy design is subject to copyright©... to make for your own personal use or for gifts...♥


  1. Happy Birthday Julia!

    This project is so lovely. I haven't read all the way through it but the photo's makes it look very simple. Your embroidery is beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Happiest of Birthdays to you Julia!!!

    Thank you sew much for such a wonderful gift!

  3. Happy Birthday, Julia! Thank you for providing such detailed instructions for your Bluebirds armchair caddy - it is very sweet.
    Thank you also for your concern about the bushfires here in Victoria. I'm about 30 kl from Kinglake, one of the worst hit areas. It was such a beautiful place; one of our favourite destinations for a weekend motorcycle ride. It will take years for the forest to regenerate. Some of the residents are saying they will never return. I wouldn't blame them. The minute you smelled smoke, you'd panic...

  4. happy birthday, julia! and thank you so much for your generous tutorial! it's so darling! ☺

  5. Happy Birthday Julia!
    I love this! I can't wait to make one for myself. Thanks for sharing with us, this is really going to get some major use!!
    Best Wishes!

  6. Happy happy birthday Julia.Your generosity us lovely. Thanks you so much. Hope you have a fanulous day.

    I love your post today. Thanks.

  8. Wonderful! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog early tomorrow morning (Central USA time). I hope it brings you a few new fans.


  9. Thanks for sharing this great inspiration - I'll take more time for details in a while!

    Happy Birthday!
    Charlene in SC

  10. Happy birthday Julia !
    I like this, and I will make, thank you !

  11. Happy Birthday dear Julia ..... Happy Birthday toooo yoooouuuu!!!! Be glad you can't hear me singing, I'm a shocker LOL, but I'm sending warmest wishes to you :o).
    Thanks for the gorgeous pattern, I can't wait to make it :O)!!
    Big birthday hugs,
    Joy :o)

  12. Happy Birthday Julia, Hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you so much for the gorgeous pattern. I'm off to print it out & search for fabrics. :) Hugs, Jeanette

  13. Happy birthday Julia! Your gift is wonderful. I have added it to my list of projects to make.

  14. Happy birthday, Dear Julia♥ Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  15. Thank you Thank you THank you! The caddy is adorable and I'll be making one.

    I hope you have the Happiest Birthday yet!

  16. Happy Birthday Julia...Have a lovely day. And Thank You!!!

  17. What a sweet project. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  18. Happy Birthday Julia! I wish you the very best birthday ever, filled with all of your favorite things! :)

  19. Julia,
    This is absolutely wonderful! It reminds me of your tutorial on the Hussif, which I made three of one fall for Christmas gifts. Thank you for sharing your wonderful patterns.


  20. Hi Julia,
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday! You are a sweetheart for doing all this work for us. I love it.
    Thank you so much,

  21. Thanks so much Julia!!! I am so excited to use your embroidery pattern!!! How generous!

    Happy, happy birthday!!

  22. Happy birthday Julia!!
    What a gorgeous gift to give! I love bluebirds...

  23. Hi Julia,
    what a lovely lady - giving a gift on YOUR birthday - thank you, it is very special!
    I hope you have a wonderful day and that the coming year brings you peace, good health and happiness.

  24. So cute, I just love birds. Thank you and Happy Birthday!!!

  25. Hi Julia! Happy Birthday! Hope you had a good one! 8-)
    Thanks for the lovely gift of your Armchair Caddy tutorial! It is wonderful, and much bigger than others I have seen. My kind of size. If I get my February finish done in good time this month, I shall have to make one! 8-)
    Back to my stitchings!
    Happy stitchings to you! 8-)

  26. Well...happy b'day!! And thanks for the WONDERFUL tutorial...
    tutorials are NOT easy and are time thanks....I sure need one of those for the arm
    of my sofa!!

  27. Dear Julia! Happy birthday, blessings and wish you serenity and creativity.
    Thanks for the tutorial, I'd like to try. one day. At teh moment I just collect tutorials, hoping that I'll be able to do at list something from many fatastic projects I find around.

  28. What a lovely gift, to us, for your birthday!! Hugs Juliaxx

  29. happy Burfday dearest Julia
    I think of you often and wonder how you are going and Reno. Its lovely to read and catch up a bit- Lovely caddy you have given freely to all
    bless you and I hope you had the best day ever
    love n hugs Bear xoxoxoxo

  30. Happy Birthday Julia... and thank you for your gift from you to us. You have just inpried me to make one of these caddies. It's been one of my "gunna" projects for a very long time. Now there's no excuse. Hope you had a lovely birthday
    hugz - FDS

  31. I googled your name after finding the directions for (your) Crazy Quilted Victorian box in the CQMag online.

    Wanted to see if you had a blog. I recognize you from the Hex-a-long group now :) Happy Day After Day After Birthday!!

    I want to try this...I think my pincushion will have to be Hex shaped though! ;) I have a very bad habit of sticking pins in the arm of the recliner - no matter how many needlebooks I make... found one I stuck "just a minute" in knee of my denim jeans the other day. Luckily before I got up! Time for a better plan.

  32. Happy Birthday, Julia...
    Thanks so much for the great instructions.
    Best wishes,
    Rengin, in Istanbul

  33. How cute...thanks for sharing your tutorial..I have put a link to you on my freebies blog if thats okay...hugs Khris

  34. Julia I cant click on the stitchery to save it??? Any ideas?

  35. Hi! My name is Cyndi and I found your blog through Khris and Freebies for Craters. This is just too adorable. I LOVE anything bluebirds, and I've got several pairs of vintage pillowcases with this sweet duo of birdies. I can't wait to make one of these caddies for myself! I can't get the pattern to enlarge, however.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful free offering. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

    Kindest regards,


  36. Happy Birthday Julia....thanks for sharing the tutorial with looks great. Hugs Naomi

  37. Happy Birthday Julia,
    I love this blue bird design, thank you for sharing the tutorial with us. I've been working on a memory quilt for my oldest granddaughter's graduation from high school and this design will be much handier to contain my supplies while doing the hand work. Thanks again, and have a God Filled Day.

  38. thanks for the sewing caddie pattern looks great. linda

  39. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'll definitely be making this for my sister!

  40. you posted this last March, but this is the first time I"m seeing it and just love it ~ has a very 40's feel to it, just love it!
    and I'm now following your blog!
    thanks for sharing ~

  41. Happy Birthday to you Julia, what an excellent tutorial. I hope you have a wonderful day. Kindest regards, Ann

  42. Happy Birthday Julia & many more h to come! I'm new to your blog & love everything in it the chair stitchery is awesome & I'm going to make some for gifts, by the way my b-day is March 1st. Thanks for all the work you do to make your blog fantastic!


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