Tuesday, February 4, 2014
MAKE, DON'T BUY...MY PRETTY PENCIL CASE
I think it was back in 2012 when I made a cover for my design sketch book. I thought it would meet my needs, but alas...until you get to actually "using" something, sometimes what you "think" you need and what you "really" need are two different things.
So I scrounged through some old stationery supplies and found a large ring binder. I like the idea of a ring binder because I can print out pictures of each quilt I have made, place it into a page protector and have it nearby for reference. Plus, my sketch book is pre-punched to fit into a traditional three ring binder. Perfect, right? So far so good. But now I needed a way to store my mechanical pencil for sketching and my colored pencils for coloring in my designs. I knew I could go to the dollar store and purchase a "binder" pencil case for a buck, but the weather has not been great to go out (snow, snow, and more snow) and I really didn't want to spend any money...even if it was only $1.06. Solution? Make it myself! A quick search online revealed the perfect pencil case!
I am in LOVE with the pattern, and I knew EXACTLY the fabric I wanted to use. A while back I won a giveaway from Jessica of "Life Under Quilts". It included a gorgeous, bold floral pattern (perfect for the outside) and a matching swirly pattern for the lining. I had been saving these fabrics for something "just for me" and the pencil case was the perfect project. A quick look through my fat quarter baskets produced a purple floral that blended nicely. I could see it so perfectly in my mind's eye. I even had two creamy white 9" zippers to match. I was all set!
I worked on my pencil case off and on yesterday and today. Maybe it was because I have REALLY been hurting and couldn't concentrate, or because zippers ALWAYS give me trouble, but the pencil case didn't come out as well as I would have liked. Sigh... It is still plenty serviceable and I still ADORE the pattern...and will definitely try it again on a day when I am a little more focused. You can never have too many zippered pouches! But for now it is a great way to meet my current need and I didn't spend any money! "Making Do" can be so much fun and SO PRETTY!
Thank you, Lindsay, for the wonderful pattern; and thank you, Jessica, for the beautiful fabric to make my "pretty pencil case"!
See how great it works in my binder! Oh, I LOVE IT SO MUCH! If only my technique would catch up to the vision in my head. I added an extra line of stitching around the edge as somehow I was too close to the edge on my side seams and they weren't holding well. Grrrrrrr. But, practice, practice, practice...and maybe some day my sewing skills will improve. At least I will have tons of fun while I practice, lol.