Sunday, January 31, 2010

Back To School - pencil case

It's back to school for the girls. I love the beginning of the school year, it's always full of promise with brand new text books and new stationery!

The girls wanted me to make them custom-made pencilcases - big enough to hold all their stuff!

Here's what I made up using cotton fabrics from my stash, vliesoflix (a fabulous double sided fusible webbing ideal for applique) to iron-on the fabric shapes to create the owl (inspired of course by Petra Boase) and clear PVC from Spotlight to cover the outer and insides of the pencilcase ( you need a teflon foot to work with this stuff!!!) and measures 33 x 20cm. I'm happy with the way it turned out...I think the cute owl makes all the difference of course!

I'll be thinking of these special two, who will be starting school this week.



  1. What a great idea! It looks fabulous! I love that the applique doesn't need stitching down because of the plastic covering - very clever!

  2. I love it! Such a gorgeous pencil case. The owl is a winner.

  3. So faaabulous! Good on you for cutting out all those teeny little bits and getting them in the right place! Who wouldn't want to go to school with a pencil case like that...

  4. Very clever and I bet the girls are thrilled - how lucky they are!

  5. I made a passport case for myself and a toiletries bag using a similar combination of cute cottons and pvc from Spotlight before I went overseas about a year ago... I didn't have a teflon foot, so I just placed some trace paper over each sheet of pvc, between the plastic and the foot. The paper tore off easily afterwards and the finished product was a great result!

  6. Hi Mich,

    I also used tear-away tracing paper before discovering the teflon foot. And the paper helps stopping the pvc sticking to the machine...eek! Both work really well.
    Nice to hear from you.

  7. And of course..... thank you also to Handmade, Cherri, Bernice, Katherine and Sasha and Max for you're kind comments.

  8. I love the owl. These would be great Xmas pressies at the end of the year!

  9. Permit to copy design the great owl, will put it on goodybag. So cute and funny :)


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