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Grandma’s Sew Kit | Free Plastic Canvas Embroidery Project

This post is part of the Pattern Archive Recovery Project. The pattern was originally posted back in 2009 and you can read the original content and get the full pattern on the original post. Enjoy the newly formatted, updated, and ad-free printer/screen friendly PDF in the Craft Leftovers Shop.

I don’t want to be in my 40′s and still have a box of teenage angst under my teenage bed at my parents. I have one bookcase of boxes left and this last weekend I tackled it. I was delighted to find not teenage angst paintings, but these great sewing kits made by my Great-grandma Alida. In tribute to my grandma and my great grandma.

Inspired by this treasure trove of plastic canvas goodness, I’ve added a third generation to this plastic canvas collection. I’m not sure if being a third generation plastic canvas crafter is something to boast about, but it sure is something great to put in my mending basket. You can make this mini sew box and pin cushion in just a few evenings of crafting.


Grandma Sew Kit

by Kristin M Roach

Originally published September 7, 2009

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This post is part of the Pattern Archive Recovery Project. The pattern was originally posted back in 2009 and you can read the original content and get the full pattern on the original post. Enjoy the newly formatted, updated, and ad-free printer/screen friendly PDF in the Craft Leftovers Shop.

What’s the Craft Leftovers Pattern Archive Restoration Project?

Well, long story short: Back in 2013 shortly after my book was released and when I was very pregnancy with Lucy, Craft Leftovers was hacked and my server was wiped — which included my back ups. 7 years of work… gone Fast forward to 2019 and Jason being awesome. He found a very old hard drive that had everything we needed and he was able to reboot it. But you can’t reboot over 7 years of content without hiccups. The main one being any pattern with a PDF was lost.

This summer I hired a studio assistant (visual arts student from Iowa State University) and they are helping me slog through, find, edit, reformat and rerelease the over 100 free patterns that are in the archive. Read the long story and how I found my way back to craft here.

Now until it’s done I’ll be re-releasing a pattern every Thursday.

Sign up for the Craft Leftovers mailing list to get a monthly update of new content and re-releases. You can also follow me on Instagram to check out the crafty projects I’m crafting.

And of course, if you make something with one of my patterns, just tag it (#craftleftovers). I love seeing what you’ve made with your unique leftovers!

Until Next Time!

Kristin M Roach

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