Sunday, September 15, 2013

Patchwork, Please! :: Vintage Pencil Case

I clearly wasn't thinking straight when I dove into this week's Patchwork, Please project. Did I even glance at the book to see the size of the finished pouch? Nooooo I did not. If I would have, I would have realized that those little pencil point blocks were seriously itty bitty. Like 15/16" x 1 3/4" unfinished. It's a miracle they look as good as they do. Probably my favorite part of them is the lead, done in Jason Yenter's Dit-Dot, a newish fabric I just really like; in fact well enough to use in a much bigger way in another project I'm working on.
Once those pencil points were done, though, the pouch was smooth sailing. The main fabric is Essex Linen in Leather. I chose the overall palette based on the linen of that second pencil down. The lining matches one of the pencils, a Denyse Schmit floral that I just used up and unfortunately can't identify for you.
I adored the double-pull zipper Ayumi used for her pouch in the book, but not finding anything remotely like that, I used a polka-dot zip, which I purchased from GinaPurseFrame on etsy. (Random fact: the zipper teeth are on the opposite side of the tape as the pull. Which basically makes them invisible when zipped.) And though the hand-stitching Ayumi did on her pouch was a detail I totally loved, I opted instead to accent my pouch with matchstick quilting using an Aurifil 50wt #2314 (medium beige). Good news: It coordinates beautifully with the "Leather" Essex. Bad news: It coordinates so well, you can hardly see my efforts. But I know it's there! ha.


Click the links to find out more about the sew along, Ayumi, and how to order the book. 

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.

37 comments:

Leanne said...

This is just such a cute pencil case, I especially like the fabrics and colours you used.

Happy Turtle said...

That looks great!!!! Those pencils are so cute.
Carol

Chelsie C said...

I'm pretty sure I got that DS print for $3 at Joann's a month or so ago! I love this pouch :)

Lorna McMahon said...

I am sew glad you did not glance at the book before starting this project... I love it! Those pencils are adorable. I have never seen a zipper like that before either. Thanks for sharing, Debbie!

Martha said...

Wow!!!! That is so cool and so amazingly little!!! I don't know if I would be brave enough to tackle it. Love it!!! :-)

Martha said...

Wow!!!! That is so cool and so amazingly little!!! I don't know if I would be brave enough to tackle it. Love it!!! :-)

claudia said...

I may have said, "Oh WOW!" when I saw those pencil tips. So very patient and cool!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Wow, Debbie, this is adorable and those pieces are really tiny! Funny zipper. x Teje

Vicki said...

I love it! Good job on that tiny piecing. :D

Vicki said...

I truly love everything about this pouch! That zip is so darling.

Heather D. said...

Nice Debbie! Sometimes it's better not to know the gory details of things like this beforehand - you may not have done it, and it turned out super cute in the end! Love the dotty zipper too.

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

That zip is so cool! Great pouch Debbie :o)

Sheila said...

Lovely version of the pencil case. I have never seen patterned zips until this project, must search them out.

Vera said...

Nice one! Love the zipper!

Angela , Jahrgang 1966 said...

Its so lovely and great!!!
The colours are wonderful- I love it!!!!
The kindest regards from Angela

Patchwork and Play said...

WOW! This is a beauty Debbie! I love the dotty zipper and the linen! And those points- perfect!

RaspberrySunshine said...

So cute! Essex linen is my favorite :) Those pencil tips just about killed me, but yours are spot-on. Nicely done! Cindy

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Wow Debbie the pencil points are so perfect

Katy Cameron said...

It looks great, and love the dotty zip!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Its fantastic! I love the lining!

Gina said...

I love the fabrics you have used ....but my favourite part is the polka dot zipper !

Cille said...

Wow... a polka dot zipper. How fun :) Great pencil holder... and looks perfecly done. I'm not sure I would have the courage to do it. Have a feeling mine would be really bumpy. But I'll telll you something about small pencil cases. I always keep one in my bag and it's tiny. Just holds 3-4 pencils and nothing else. It's my favourite and though I thought I could replace it over the years, somehow it has always sneaked back into my bag.

andri. said...

Hahaha you are so cute:) And a polka dot zipper?? I need to get that! Your pouch turns great!! :D

cheeky monkey said...

Well done! When I first saw the size of the pencils I said this has to wait for an other day. It looks lovely and the zipper is perfect

Jodie said...

Ahhh, very nice pencils! And I love the linen and cute zipper!

Carla said...

Love this Debbie. Such perfect little pencils!

Grandma G said...

That is just super cute! Beautiful job! I love the zipper, too... must check them out!

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

It's so cute! Love the colors and the zipper is fabulous!

Katherine said...

Beautifully done, Deb! I LOVE your colour palette - Essex in Leather really compliments your cute pencils. What a cool zipper! I love polka dots, so I'm crushing on that zip. ;o)

Marci Girl said...

That zipper is awesome, love it and the way your pouch turned out. And I can totally see the quilting!

Kirsten said...

Such a cute pouch - the pencils look lovely!

Carla said...

This is just the cutest thing! I've never seen a polka dot zipper before...now I know what will make my life complete!! I need one!

Gina said...

The dotty zip, tiny piecing and your fabric choices all make for a super cool pouch.

diane said...

super cute and that zipper is the perfect touch

Heidi Staples said...

Absolutely incredible, Debbie! That zipper...swoon!!

Heidi Staples said...

Absolutely incredible, Debbie! That zipper...swoon!!

ayumills said...

I love your pencil case, Debbie! Beautiful combination of fabrics and perfect piecing as usual!!