Quick Project: Slim Pencil Case

slim pencil case

In my last-minute rush to get ready for the Problogger Event on the Gold Coast I decided I NEEDED a new pencil case. It had to be big enough for just a couple of pens and small enough to fit into my  bag easily. So naturally I grabbed a book and some fabric and whipped one up!

I found this project in a book called Zakka Style by Rashida Coleman-Hale. The pattern uses some scraps of fabric plus linen but I just used two pieces of fabric for mine to save time. (Let’s face it I really should have been packing!)

I’ve had this cute red riding hood fabric sitting in my stash for a little while just waiting for a cute project, and the red and white fabric I used for the lining was almost the last little scrap that I have left of that. The closure is a piece of grosgrain ribbon.

My only little tip would be make sure that you put the closure strip at the same end that you join first. It will save the unpicking that I had to do!  (That tip will make more sense when you are making this – trust me.)

slim pencil case zakka

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  1. says

    This is so cute, perfect for just a couple of pencils I keep in my purse to entertain my toddler. What is the name of the outside fabric? I really like it!

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