So glad to have you pop by on the Girl Friday Sews blog hop! My offering for you today is a pencil case! (And a giveaway – keep reading!).
Why yes, it is a paper pieced pattern, how did you guess?! Well the paper piecing part was pretty much a given for me, but why a pencil case? Cue backstory.
Once upon a time I was an organised person. Things stayed where I put them and I knew where everything belonged. Then I had children. Now I never know where anything is, nothing is ever tidy and I am not organised.
So much so, I don’t even have a designated work area. I have the computer desk in one corner of the house (currently inhabited by crayons, kid shoes, bubble bath and a classic good vs bad Lego battle going on across my desk), then there’s my sewing desk in the other corner of the house which is covered with scraps, wips, notes, and copious amounts of pins that my daughter will not leave in the pincushions. I am not organised.
And then there’s the place that everything else ends up. The top of the fridge. Why the top of the fridge? Because my children cannot reach up there. Scissors live there after the great haircutting incident of 2012, pens live there after the great lino-drawing-in-a-rented-property incident, glue lives there after… well there haven’t been any great incidents. Yet. It’s a precaution. But you get the picture. I need a bit of organisation. So this blog hop is ideal for me! I will be following with great interest!
As for my contribution - I’m starting small. With all the loose pencils that live on top of my fridge. Because whenever we do homework, the one colour pencil that is desperately wanted has likely fallen down the back of the fridge or has been placed in the bin after it’s fallen on my head one too many times. So when Heidi suggested this blog hop, first idea that came to mind to save what’s left of my sanity - a pencil case.
Look! I am already putting it to good use! Ahhh tidy pencils. One less thing to fall on my head when I open the fridge.
So, there you have it! Ready to make one of your own? First things first. You’ll need to download the free pattern (available here) for the pencils and pick out some fabric for some fun paper piecing. Yay paper piecing! For mine, I used some Architextures for the background, Color Weave/Sketch for the pencils themselves and the inside of the pencil case is a great text print from Summersville.
You can find a few paper piecing tutorials here on my blog if you’re a bit stuck on the actual paper piecing part. Biggest tip I can offer you – use large pieces of fabric than you think. It’s way easier to trim back fabric than it is to unpick teeny paper piecing stitches and redo it.
Once your block’s made – you’re ready to turn it into a fab pencilcase!
Fiona from Finding Fifth has done a fabulous tutorial on making a zip pouch which can you can find here. Rather than reinvent the wheel so to speak – I’d recommend her tutorial for putting it altogether. Fiona’s tutorial is about making a QAYG pouch so obviously not all of it is relevant for this particular project – however she has fantastic photos of how to put the zip in and sew it all up. Check out from “Zipper Preparation” onwards – great tips on making zip buffers as well as putting it altogether.
To make a pencil case like mine, supplies are as follows:
You need two rectangles measuring 10” x 6” for the outside (one of those will be your paper pieced block - pattern here in case you missed it!) and two lining rectangles measuring 10” x 6” plus a zip (I used an 11” one). I did not add batting to mine as I didn’t feel it was needed for a pencil case. But that’s my personal thought!
Too easy! Sew it altogether and fill with pencils and rejoice that the pencils are all reunited in one happy space together. Make sure to take a pic to add to the Girl Friday Sews blog hop group on Flickr!
And check out the list of awesomeness that is coming up on the blog hop! You don’t want to miss out on some of these fab projects!
And now what you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway! Thanks to Heidi from Fabric Mutt for the fabulous blog hop, and the great sponsor Pink Chalk Fabrics, there’s a $25 gift certificate on offer!
How do you win? Simple!
Can’t think of something to say? Just tell me your favourite organisational tool – a calendar? A basket? A maid? What is it? I need
help ideas! Ideas, people!!!
Happy sewing and organising!