Mary Mulari’s travel designs are fun and fast to stitch and just right for jazzing up some travel accessories. I think my favorite is Shampoo Girl. Of the six designs shown below, tell us which one is your favorite and you could win a copy of Mary’s book and embroidery collection. We’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday.
Recently I had the chance to chat with Mary Mulari about her new book and embroidery collection, Travel Gear Made Easy. Here’s what she had to say.
Why have you focused on creating travel accessories? I think that EVERYONE travels; whether it’s a trip to the library or an around-the-world cruise, it involves leaving home. The items we sew help to make those trips more comfortable, convenient, and pleasurable. In addition, travel accessories make great gifts and when we personalize them with monograms and embroideries, they become even more special and awesome.
How did I get inspired to write TRAVEL GEAR MADE EASY and create the companion embroidery CD? This seems to be one of my favorite sewing topics! Two previous books are out of print so this is the third time I’ve written about travel accessories. The projects are new, of course, and they’ve been featured on two recent programs of Sewing with Nancy. I want embroiderers, quilters, and others who haven’t considered sewing for travel before to try these quick and easy-to-sew projects. Adding travel theme embroideries from the TRAVEL GEAR MADE EASY CD is a terrific way to include style, identification, and personalization on the projects from the book. I really enjoyed creating the designs for this CD, and also incorporating the monogram alphabet.
Describe how I enjoy being well-prepared for travel. Leaving home can be stressful due to a rush of preparation and a shortage of time to pack and organize life at home and on the road. A collection of labeled and filled bags set aside specifically for travel makes it easier to begin filling a suitcase with needed supplies. For example, the embroidery design of various cords and the USB symbol are ideal for a small bag set aside for recharging cords and USB sticks. It will also be obvious what’s in the bag embroidered with the makeup tools. Colorful fabrics make cheerful accessories to enjoy using in your “home away from home.” I’ve discovered that the more I travel, the better I know what is convenient, what makes me happy when I open my luggage to find a specific item I’ve packed in a TRAVEL GEAR MADE EASY accessory.
What did I forget to pack on one of my trips? It was a Caribbean cruise in the 1980’s. I thought I had carefully and thoughtfully packed my large suitcase for the week-long adventure but on the first morning I discovered that I had packed no underpants! Fortunately the first stop on the itinerary was in the Bahamas and I was able to stock up for the rest of the trip. I learned something from the experience: Most things we forget to pack can be purchased at our destination. On a winter trip to New York City when my luggage was delayed, I bought two turtlenecks to wear with the wool jacket I wore on the plane. Just this morning I put on one of those turtlenecks and recalled the pleasures of that trip. The same thing happened after the cruise with my new underwear! These are examples of practical, reusable souvenirs.
Mary tells me she’s often asked if the TRAVEL GEAR MADE EASY book and CD contain the same information/designs. The answer to that question is no. They are excellent companions and the design CD includes three distinct projects to sew that are not in the book: Spectacles Eyeglass Holder, Bright Lights, Big City Luggage Tag, and the Fat Quarter Hanger Cover. Each of these is spectacular with embroidered accents.