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I’ve been thinking a lot about home and what that means to me lately. Having moved almost nine months ago, I made some big discoveries about the idea of home. Ultimately, what I learned is that, although I lived in Southern California for most of my adult life, I never felt at home there. I lived in Ohio for the first twelve years of my life and that Midwest lifestyle must have embedded itself deep into my soul. I missed the seasons. I missed the woods, I missed the kindness and closeness of a community. I missed living in a place that had a long history. Although Washington is on the West Coast, I feel like I am closer to the things I was missing and I feel like I am finally home. My relationship with my husband and daughter are better. I’m allowing myself to be closer to new friends than I ever was with old friends, even my business is taking on a new life.
The reason I’m rambling on about this, instead of just getting to the craft tutorial, is because I was reminded of all these things while I was stitching this Cutlery Pocket. Yes, it’s a house, but that’s not what got me thinking. It was because while I was stitching, I was listening to the podcast, Transplant by Christine Mason Miller, and it got me thinking about my experience of moving. I was kind of amazed by how much the first episode resonated with me and my recent “transplant experience”. If you get a chance, give it a listen. It’s like nothing I’ve heard before.
And with that, I will (finally) share my tutorial.
Supplies to make a Picnic Cutlery Pocket:
- 9″ x 12″ craft cuts of Kunin Eco-Fi Plus Premium Felt in Lagoon, Redd, and Cream
- Sizzix 661902 Sizzix Thinlits Dies 6/Pkg By Eileen Hull – House/Pocket Stitchlits
- Embroidery Supplies
- Craft glue
How to make a Picnic Cutlery Pocket:
- Using a die cut machine, cut the house shapes that come with Eileen’s dies out of red, white, and blue felt. Have some fun on this step! Mix and match and design your dream house.
- Glue and stitch the house together. I glued most of the elements on, then stitched the two houses pieces together. Eileen’s House die comes with pre-cut sewing hole guides in the main shape, which allows for easy & even stitching. Don’t stitch the roof together though! You will want that to stay open so you can slip cutlery in and out.
- To use, just lay your cute house pocket at the place setting and fill with silverware. If you were having a party, you could slip a recipe card in there too and use these as a party favor gift.
I hope you feel at home wherever you are. Tell me about it in the comments.
P.S. If you want to see another cute project I made using the same die, go over to the Kunin Felt Blog and check-out the Home of the Brave Hoop Art I created.