It is the time of year for a free pencil case pattern. The kids and I road tested a couple from Moda. Both sewed up really well and were pretty to quick to get together. I made a couple of changes so I took some additional photos for you.
The first was the Patchwork Pouch Pattern. The original pattern used charm squares but I started with a cheater cloth. Cheater cloth has so many uses, this one has the appearance of being pieced from different fabrics. It also has “stitching lines” to give a quilted look.
The zippers I had weren’t long enough so I added tabs to each end. I cut a strip 1″ wide, cross cut it and then folded it in half. I then pinned it to the zipper so that the raw ends formed the ends and sewed it in place across the zip.
The construction of the pouch is the same in every other respect. When you finish the pouch you can see a little piece of the fabric, with careful placement you can match colours with your fabric in that section of the pouch to make it less obvious. I also used the same fabric for a handle rather than ribbon as called for in the pattern.
The Patchwork Pouch is suited to a pencil case. I can also see it working for cables, sewing supplies and all sorts of other bits ‘n’ pieces. It was quick to make and would be a great gift.
The second pencil case pattern is the Lil Monster Pencil Case, the kids had fun choosing fabrics and drawing their own monster hair. It is a perfect size for their “treasures”. I added a ribbon loop so that they would have a carry handle.
I used zippers with big metal teeth. I also added tabs (as I outlined above in the Patchwork Pouch rundown) to provide for additional length. I had a longer zip with big teeth but I was not inclined to sew through it as outlined in the pattern.
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