Modern Times – Making A Pencil Case

I wanted to make a little gift, so followed this tutorial to make a pencil case. I don’t want to give it away now!

The fabric is taken from a generously sized swatch from a Cath Kidston shop. The felt flower is from a kit that came with the last issue of Molly Makes. The interior is made from scraps of my rose print cotton dress, with a hidden detail of giant ric rac:

It’s all rather lovely. I wish it was mine.

I’m at the Royal Festival Hall today for a day’s writing. On the way here, I couldn’t resist stopping to be photographed with a stranger. Recognise him?


Thanks to reader (aka Sew, Incidentally) advice I now know how to take a screen shot of my random number generators. Which means I can announce the winner of my button giveaway. It’s Dolly Clackett!

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13 Responses to Modern Times – Making A Pencil Case

  1. jadestar says:

    Very cute! What as lovely idea.

  2. jokeonly says:

    Let’s see… Miss Karen, Charlie Chaplin and the infamous Lisette. Happy writing!

  3. Anna says:

    What timing! I spent yesterday looking at pencil cases online and not being able to find anything that I really loved. Now I can use up some of my leftover fabrics and make myself a few instead! Thanks for posting the link!

  4. Roisin says:

    Hurrah! Thank you!

  5. Gabrielle says:

    Now I wish I needed a pencil case!

  6. Sam says:

    Gorgeous little pencil case. I’ve been looking for something to keep my crochet hooks in, I might just have to make myself one of these.

    Love your pic with Charlie Chaplin too. The tunic/dress you’re wearing is lovely.

  7. New Yorker says:

    This is very cute. The only thing is I would be tempted to use some kind of laminated or coated fabric for the lining and maybe the exterior. That might kill my horrible sewing machine. I may have access to an industrial in a few weeks and I have a silicone foot. Maybe I’ll try this then.

  8. London Mummy says:

    It looks gorgeous, love the ric rac and flower details, many thanks for including the link to my tutorial.

    Good luck with your dressmaking adventures!

  9. Sarah says:

    Fab pencil case, love that CK fabric!!

    S x

  10. Is there enough fabric left over for another one – it is too cute not to make again :)?

    (Oh, and ta muchly for the name check hun 😉 Glad to know you can PrtSc to your heart’s content now hehe!)

  11. Felicity from Down Under says:

    My first thought was that it’s far too pretty to be a pencil case; then I wondered why pencil cases can’t be pretty? What a beautiful gift.

  12. Joolz says:

    I will have to make one of these pencil cases. I didn’t restart sewing until I was nearly 40 but I remember my sewing lessons from school and whenever I refer to those sewing lessons I always say that I made “a pencil case and half a dress”. Now about half my wardrobe is sewn by me, but I don’t have a me-made pencil case.


  13. ooobop! says:

    So cute, Karen. Did you add a tab of fabric at each end of the zip? I didnt see that on the tutorial but it looks pretty and is probably more sturdy.

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