The first project I tackled was a ruler tote! Earlier this month, The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims had a link to an Olfa site that had the directions for a ruler tote. We all know how important it is to have your favorite ruler when you are at class or retreat. And carrying them can be clumsy at best! I had the quilted material left over from another project, as well as the striped binding. I did need to purchase the belting!
I used fabrics from my stash to make the pockets. This tote is large enough that you can place an 18 x 24" cutting board in the middle also. I will probably be putting my super large square up ruler there!
From there I proceeded to make an Iron Caddy! We all know the angst of having to carry a hot iron home after class or retreat! I got my pattern, which included the heat resistant ironing board fabric, at The Back Door on a recent road trip to Indianapolis. I saw the pattern and the fabric in the latest Nancy's Notions catalog.
Yes, I am that nerd that does crossword puzzles in ink! I found the fabric at Quilts Plus, also during the Indianapolis road trip. The orange I had in my stash! (yes, I do bleed orange and blue...go Illini!)
The tote opens flat so you can use it as an ironing surface also! There are two layers of Insul-Brite to protect your table, but the pattern recommends to not use it on your fine dining room table! Each tote only took a couple hours to make, and will make traveling to retreats and classes so much easier!