A little while ago I was sorting out my art stuff and trying to tidy up the over spill that seems to have crept into every room in the house when I realised just how many different pencil cases I have, in part because I buy too many art supplies (I can’t walk past Cass Art without popping in) but also because pencil cases just don’t enough stuff. So as I had a free Sunday afternoon I decided to make a holder about the size of a small toilet bag or make up bag to hold my most used materials.
For the pattern I simply cut out shapes from A3 paper and played around with them until I had a template that I thought would work. In this case I went for a long strip as I wanted a roll effect but I also cut a base panel to make it a bit more sturdy and make sure it stood rather than rolled and two smaller side panels.
Then I used the pattern to cut shapes out of a firmish calico materials and the same from a brown suede type material
I based the textured design on the kindle case and earphone cases I made last year – a kind of patchwork, boho look so cut and tore scraps of fabric and pinned them out to the base material until I had a design I liked and then machine sewed the patches in place before I started to construct the case. If you need a reminder check out my older posts here – Make a Kindle or iPad Cover and Make a Headphone Pocket
Before I started to construct the case I finished off the design by hand sewing with some metallic threads.
Then it was time to start constructing the case. I roughly hemmed the calico and brown to the shapes I wanted and sewed the base and front together with a machine
I then attached the sides to the roll length and then sewed the base panel directly onto the longer strip, making sure I had enough to fold a front panel.
Then I sewed the sides up to form a box.
To make sure I could close the case I attached a large button to the flap along with a length of black elastic and you’re done.