Posts Tagged 'pencil case'

Clear Pencil Case Project

Norm’s coworker asked if I could make her a clear pencil case so she can see all of her colored pens without having to root around too much. And since I already had a small collection of clear vinyl for making wallets, I decided to give it a go.

First, I modified my existing pencil case pattern. Vinyl can be finicky and I needed to make sure it would sit flat, so I didn’t want a seam on the bottom of the bag. My seam allowance is closer to 1/4 of an inch, so I traced my pattern butterfly style, taking off 1/4 inch from the bottom.

I usually hide my label on the inside but if I was to sew this label inside, you would be able to see the ugly background. I put it right on the front, so hopefully the ugly bit will get covered with pens and pencils.

I don’t know the exact thickness of this vinyl (medium thick?), but it was definitely thick enough to fight me when it was time to turn the bag right side out. But you know what? I have a space heater. I sat it in front of the heater for a couple of minutes and then it was TOO malleable and I thought I was going to rip it! Then I had to let it cool down, and it was too fighty again! It was a PROCESS. But I got it. I turned it out and it looked fly AF.

Voila! I didn’t top stitch the zipper edge like I do on every other bag I make, and at fist I was like, “This is fine!” But then it was puckering weird when I opened it so I pulled all the seams out and went back to add the top stitching. You can see the line get crooked towards the right side- I didn’t want to take the zipper off so I just pushed it under the needled as far as it would go. In other words, this one is mine to keep.

I decided to try a slim one next, and it came out so good! The zipper top stitch was on point. I used an iron to relax the bumps out of the vinyl before sewing it up, which made it easier to work with. And then, when I was turning it right side out, I ripped it. Just the tiniest bit, near the corner, on the bottom of the bag. And what did I do? I said, “Ooh, I’ll just melt this with a lighter and stick the pieces together!” Except the pieces did not stick together. The sides of the tiny rip shrunk, and the rip turned into a hole. So, this pencil case is also mine to keep.

But I made a bunch! And all the other ones came out great, without any rips or weird puckering. I had so much fun working on these that I actually worked through my clear vinyl collection and don’t have any left. As you might imagine, they don’t photograph super well so I don’t know if I’ll add them to my Etsy shop or just save them for in-person selling.

If you have questions about this project, or are interested in seeing a full How-To, please let me know!

Weekly Sale: Pencil Cases

It’s back to school time! Well, almost. But people are getting ready for back to school, so I’m having a pencil case sale this week!

20% off both styles (classic & slim)!

Discount is applied AUTOMATICALLY! Thank goodness Etsy added this feature because coupon codes for a specific sale can be such a hassle.

Online only! Ends this Saturday!

Find the complete selection here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale/items?section_id=1

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)

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3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?

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Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!

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New in the shop: Small Pencil Cases

Inspired by a custom order, I decided to add a third pencil case size to the shop: small!

Perfect for crafters, as they can hold a fair amount of crochet hooks.

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And taggers, since they can comfortably hold 12 sharpie markers and still maintain their shape.

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They’re great little bags to tidy up your purse, collecting all those things that get lost down on the bottom.

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Great pencil cases for kids because they fit perfectly into little-kid hands ;)

To create them, I simply shaved down my pattern for the “Slim Pencil Case“(which can fit a full-sized unsharpened pencil!). I also decided to make multiples of some prints. I’ve focused on making One of a Kind bags for a couple of years now, I thought it was time to change it up a little bit.

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Shop update: Pencil cases!

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:

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Complete with band aid pocket. The MOST important pocket. In the process, though, I made patterns for a small, thin case:

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and a shorter, larger case:

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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!

story about a grill 0, whale pencil case 1

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:

 

Vacation, day one

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!


More lines:

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!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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