It’s been a while since I’ve published a pattern in a magazine. But now that Stitch Fall 2015 is out, I can let you know about my latest one. It’s a pattern for a set of 3 folding trays. The fall issue is filled with great projects, and I’m happy to have this fun and quick project part of them. You can you can preview the other projects in the issue here.
I initially proposed my project for the Eastern Influences theme. The Stitch team decided to include it in the Simple Lines section, which I think is also a great fit. I love the simplicity and functionality that characterize Japanese designs. This is what I tried to achieve with these trays. Their design was a also inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding: origami. The main feature of the trays is the use of buttons and string to hold their shape. It makes it easy to unfold and carry them with you in your luggage.
I proposed a set of 3 trays with two smaller square boxes and a longer one. This way the trays can be disposed in a square layout.
For the trays published in the magazine, I used the Fletching Chant print from the Wild & Free collection by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining. I combined it with different colors of Kona cottons for the exterior (Navy, Curry and Cayenne). Here are a few other versions I made for my-self.
I definitely plan to sew some more. These make great little gifts. The longer one is great to put on a desk for storing pens and pencils. The smaller ones could be great for keys or pocket change.