Travel Handmade – The Sewing Summit

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Travel Handmade – The Sewing Summit


Travel Handmade - The Sewing Loft

Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn, I am heading to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend The Sewing Summit.  “The Summit” as I like to call it, is a conference filled with others stitchers just like me.  Some blog, some design patterns and others quilt but the one thing that we all have in common is sewing!

Since purchasing my ticket there have been many discussions and chatter on who was making what.  There is even an entire flickr group & pinterest board dedicated to traveling handmade. To be honest, I’m feeling some pressure!

I have made a few things but I am in no way as put together as some in this group.  There was just not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  But I thought it would be nice to share a few snap shots of what I will be bringing  on the trip.

  1. Felt notebook cover.
  2. Lanyard of sorts.  I made mine smaller to loop around my bag strap and added snaps instead of buttonholes.
  3. A big old gadget bag.  This bag is still in work.  Seriously, I started it yesterday and need to wrap it up fast!  There is nothing like the pressure of designing on the fly.  I need to knock it out or else, I will be stitching it on the plane.  Which at this point does not seem like a bad idea. I have a layover on the way so, it might keep me busy.  Here are a few snap shots… Remember, don’t judge.  It is not finished!
Gadget Bag - The Sewing Loft
A few highlights to mention:
  • Pocket for my iPad
  • Place for pens & pencils, business cards
  • Zipper pocket on the inside
  • Magnetic closure flap
  • And a place for the all important cell phone
Listing these out makes me realize just how much I jammed into this bag!  No wonder I was not able to hand stitch the design on the flap.  That part I am taking with me but am not sure if I will get to it.  That will be my work in progress.


While at the conference, I will be attending a few fun classes, connecting with some on-line buddies and reconnecting with real life buds.  Overall, it should be a blast!


Do you travel handmade? And if so, what do you bring?  I would love to know.  Maybe I can even use some of your ideas for my next trip!



  1. great idea, I want to make a travel craft bag that I can stash current projects. Might now adjust so I have some snazzy front pockets to keep the all important technology…Looking forward to summit updates!

  2. Have fun at the summit Heather ! Love all of your sewing work here! I am featuring your DIY Fall Toss Game at my blog – thanks so much for linking it up to the Traditions Thanksgiving Linky Party 🙂

  3. What you’re bringing with you that you’ve made is wonderful! Not sure which of the items I like the best. And I can’t wait to see the finished bag too. Actually, I bet YOU can’t wait to see the finished bag! LOL Have fun!

  4. Have fun, Heather!

  5. How awesome is that! Have oodles of fun, dear friend!

    • Thanks Candace!
      So far it has been a blast. I spent the whole day yesterday searching for vintage treasures. I think I am falling in love with Salt Lake City!

  6. The bag looks like it’ll be both lovely and practical, hope you got it done on time! Remember to take lots of pictures and have fun! 🙂

    • Erin, I got it done and so far it has worked like a charm! I am doing my best to take pictures but tend to get caught up in the moment. Lots of stitching happening here!!

  7. Brenda Melahn says:

    Don’t suppose we’re going to see a tutorial for your GREAT gadget bag are we????

    • You are on it Brenda. I did not take enough photos along the way since I was in a rush. Plus, after using it everyday for the summit, I discovered a few improvements I would like to make. So, I will see when I can fit it in the schedule. Right now, I am working on holiday goodies.

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