I'm enjoying sewing stuff! My daughter's pal (who loves to draw) is turning 8. Every morning when she comes in to school, she is toting drawings she made the night before. I love her determination. I picked up, "20 Ways to Draw a Cat" on Amazon and thought it would be perfect for her. To go with it, I am picking up some pencils, erasers and a sketchbook. Since I can't stop sewing, the pencils and various pens will come packed inside a roll like this one. Personalized, of course.
I used the "Quilt As You Go" method that I learned in this online workshop. The workshop is for a potholder and a tote bag, but I adapted it of course.
There are so many websites that offer tutorials for this sort of thing..I can tell you my measurements and you can adapt to suit:. For this roll, I cut:
A rectangle of cotton batting 10.5x17"
Exterior fabric 10.5x17"
Interior Fabric 10.5x17"
Pocket fabric 5.5x17"
The QAYG method utilizes fabric scraps...so if you've got some of those, you're good to go. I have these fabric panels cut to make a second brush roll that will not be patchwork as shown here.
Quilt the exterior. Once finished, take the pocket fabric and press a 1/4" seam along the top. I used decorative stitching on the top. Once the top seam is sewn, attach the pocket to the fabric you have chosen to be the interior fabric. Stitch the pencil dividers. I marked lines every 3/4" all the way across. In retrospect, some little pockets with wider openings would be ideal for the artist who carries a variety of tools. Add personalization to the interior fabric at this step if desired. (I machine embroidered a note to the recipient above the pocket, left side.)
Place ribbon and the "made by" label in-between the exterior and interior panels, with the excess to the outside, right sides together. Stitch all the way around the two panels, leaving a 3" opening to turn. I allowed for a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn the project inside-out.
Add decorative stitching on the top of the project now, this will close up the opening that was left from turning the project right-side out.
I opted not to use a button on this roll, but the ribbons tie together nice and casually, which is what I prefer. Oh! Check out my new labels! I got them on etsy HERE. Cheap and really nice...and the seller has so many pre-made styles to choose from. I made this one myself in illustrator...I love it's simplicity.
There is no pattern or PDF to download for this project... hell, I don't even know if anyone is interested in it.... I only list what I would be looking for if I were to google "pencil roll" and see what was out there. Disclaimer: I am a beginning sewer who doesn't know very much...
Will you make one? Let me know.