I needed a new pencil case for work. Mine was too small and I couldn’t fit a full post-it pad in it. And I need my post-it notes! The one I have I got at Borders and I loved that it had a zipper pocket in it.
But since Borders is closed (even the Website redirects to Barns & Noble!) I realized I would have to take matters into my own hands. It took a couple of tries but I finally came up with:
Complete with band aid pocket. The MOST important pocket. In the process, though, I made patterns for a small, thin case:
and a shorter, larger case:
Both of which are now available in the shop! I’ll eventually make more like mine, which is bigger and has that handy little pocket, but I was waiting on a massive supply of rainbow zippers to come in.
Check out the new Pencil Case section of the shop and let me know what you think!
So today I was going to post a story about a grill. How my mom loves her grill because “you just get used to how it cooks,” and, “it takes a long time to get used to a new grill,” and, “it’s ok that some of the grill grate is missing because it fell into the flame, that the handle fell off last week and we have to use oven mits to open and close it, and if you close it too hard, bits of it flake into the food.”
And there was going to be pictures and maybe some good laughs. BUT THEN I made this instead:
It’s a whale pencil case! Just the prototype so there’s a lot of room for improvement (like fins and maybe a smile (or frown if it’s dead)) but I did get the hardest part figured out:
Lining! Red, because animals are red inside. Check how great he is at holding things:
I’m still super excited that I’m on vacation, and I had a very productive first day. I cleaned up my room, didn’t drink any soda, hung out with my cousin Heather, and made a pencil case for my other cousin Rachel! I’m teaching Heather how to sew, so while she worked on a pillow case I worked on the pencil case. Lemme show you what I did:
First I attached a little piece of fabric to a little piece of blanket batting. It sort of looked like a mini blanket. For a doll. Or a critter.Then I put some lines on it!
It looked like a small quilt. For the inside I used a polka dot print without that quilt shit. It got all sorts of fuzz in my machine. Here are the cut pieces:
I attached all the pieces to a zipper:
And then magically it formed itself into a pencil case:
Polka dot inside happening now:
I tested it out with some markers but then I put the markers back in my marker mug because my cousin doesn’t need any markers. And if she does she’ll have to get them herself.
Oh! And I remembered to wear a dress today!