May 1, 2012 · 5:12 PM
This was a fun and easy project. Thankfully, many of you have already posted about it so I was forewarned about following the directions exactly. The best suggestion that I have to add is that the directions want you to “turn” the project through a 1 1/2 inch opening. I thought it was easier to leave the whole 3 inch end open to turn through (see pictures below). There were not many pictures or diagrams for this project so I tried to take pictures of each step. I hope this helps!
Pieces all cut and patchwork sewn together.
Sew the small linen piece to the top of the patchwork strip and the longer linen piece to the bottom of it. Baste the closing band 1" from the top of the small linen piece.
After fusing interfacing onto the wrong side of the lining piece, sew lining to linen piece across top with right sides together. Fold lining back at top and topstitch along the fold.
With lining side up, fold the lining right sides together by folding 5 1/2" from the topstitched edge.
Turn the piece over and fold the linen exterior in the same way - aligning raw and folded edges.
Sew along raw edges on both long sides. I left the 3rd raw edge open to give more room for turning right side out. Folded edge is not sewn.
Turn right side out.
Fold raw edges in.
Topstitch opening closed and it's done!
As others have posted, this case is smaller than it looks in the book or online. It’s only about 2 1/2″ by 6″. Here is how it compares to a pencil and a pen:
It has been suggested that it could be used for a small pair of eye glasses or to keep crochet hooks in. I might use mine to keep my small rotary cutter in when I take it to a class.
Happy sewing everyone!
4 responses to “Zakka Style Project 5: Patchwork Pencil Case”
i love the green batiks! i had issues with my band being too small so it crushes up the top when closed. no one warned about that!
I guess that mine “crushed” a little bit but it didn’t bother me enough to remark about it. Yours looks great!
This is one project that I definitely plan to make. I’ve got some fabrics in mind for it, and I’m pretty much just waiting to get a couple of other projects finished up before I start on a new one. I love yours, though, especially the different greens!
This is an easy and fun project. Good luck! It’s smaller than it looks so depending on what you want to put in it, you might consider changing the dimensions.