Thursday, 7 January 2016

TGIFF! - Art Theory Pencil Case

Welcome to TGIFF -- Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday! My first finish of 2016 - woo hoo! When I'm playing around with colour schemes on a block or quilt design, I pull out the pencil crayons. I used one of my kids's old pencil cases, but rooting around for the right colour was annoying and I wanted a case that would show them all laid out and be easy to pick up and go (you know, when that hockey practice is done).

While out shopping with my sister over the holidays, I explained to her what I was looking for. She looked at me a little oddly and said, "Can't you make that yourself?" DUH! Of course I can! Okay, well not 'of course', but more ' yeah, I think I can figure it out.'

As soon as the house cleared of holiday guests, I got to work. And I knew the perfect fabric for it too. ExLibris by Alison Glass. I rarely get all "I must have that fabric or I will die" about fabrics or fabric lines, but this one was the exception. I didn't buy a lot, but I bought some. :D I knew it would be perfect for this project too.

So here it is, my two row, foldable or rollable pencil case holder.



I used the Art Theory panel in charcoal for the cover and Geometry in Sunset, with a bit of Kona Charcoal, for the interior. Love.



I was too impatient to do a prototype so there are a few things I'd do a little differently next time:
  • Not add any batting -- makes it too bulky
  • I'm still debating whether it would have been better to make one long roll or the two rows. The two rows keep it compact when it's laid out, but bulky to roll up. One row would make it really long for laying out, but maybe a little less bulky. The reality is it will be bulky regardless when there are that many pencil crayons. 
  • Also debating whether I should have done ties rather than a button. 
And now I get to use them with my Quilter's Planner and my adult colouring book. :)


I suspect that whenever I take this out, my kidlets will be commandeering it. Hmm, maybe some new rollups are in order...




23 comments:

  1. That is brilliant! I love the colours and it's so practical. Great idea!

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  2. This is so gorgeous! Wonderful choice of fabrics! I made a pencil roll up today (before seeing this post, darn it) and the tutorial I followed was not great and I'm really annoyed with how my roll turned out. I made a long one for 36 pencils and used home dec fabric for the outside and a light interfacing on the interior, I liked the weight of it.

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  3. These pencil rollups are such a great idea. I love your fabrics! I might have to try one myself.

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  4. Great idea, may be bulky to roll, but handy using it. That fabric is soooo beautiful! Put it on my to do list.

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  5. Gorgeous! The perfect fabric for those colourful pencils it lifts my spirits just looking at it :)

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  6. DUH! Brilliant! pencils cases are a royal pain! great idea and well done!

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  7. Beautiful and so well designed! I love that print, I got it with the white background but I think that the darker background make the colors pop even more.

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  8. I love the fabrics that you used; they are perfect for a project like this because they inspire creativity :-)

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  9. That is fantastci!! I love all my colors out too - great solution!

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  10. Nice! Of course the fabric is killer cool! I've made pencil rolls with just interfacing, which does cut down on the bulk. Your idea of folding, double sided is really wonderful! Good for you, this will be very handy!!

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  11. Perfect fabric choices! Lately I've found using my favorite fabrics for projects really makes me happy! That sunset is one of my favorites. You've inspired me to consider making one. Fabulous work!

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  12. Love it! And how did I not think of making one for myself? I've made more than my fair share of crayon tolls, but now that I'm also colouring The Secret Garden, I totally need a more grown up version. Like yours! Thanks for the inspiration and for hosting TGIFF!

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  13. Those fabrics are totally perfect for this project!

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  14. Great design. I agree you used the perfect fabrics for the project.

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  15. Looks great! What brand pencils are they?

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  16. Beautufil! Nothing like a right color order! :)

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  17. What a beautiful pencil case! I can see how the batting would make it a little too thick. Maybe a light weight fusible interfacing would work, it would provide a little support while still being flexible and not thick. Also I have a case like this with ties and it always seems to come untied I personally would prefer a button like you did.

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  18. I would kill for that fabric. OK, I need to find it now.
    And it is also beautiful!!!
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/

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  19. I love your pencil case - lovely fabric and a smart design!

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  20. Very nice. I think your idea of a double roll is brilliant. I made one long one a couple years ago - it wasn't a success. too awkward to roll. Your fabric is perfect for this. Let us know how you make out if you ever do a different one.

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  21. What an awesome idea!! And love your fabric choices.

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  22. That's a great design. So simple yet the fabric really adds some pizzazz. Alison Glass has some really wonderful fabrics so it makes total sense to want it all! :)

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