A bespoke pencil case

March 6, 2015

Here’s some terrific fun!

Recently, I booked us a week away in Mexico, and, having C’s children’s art class self portraits and Frida Kahlo on our minds, we thought we’d make a couple pencils cases to take with us. After all, how hard can it be?

So we got a little bit of raw canvas, cut four identical rectangles, and got to work.

We drew our designs in pencil, traced over with a sharpie, and filled in with acrylics.


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front and back

It took a couple of days, but by this afternoon, when the sewing machine was transferred from the craft room into the studio, it looks like a bomb went off in here! 😀

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I’m not a very good seamstress, and so had to look at a couple of videos about fitting a zipper, but, in the end, it wasn’t too difficult.

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Bless the person who invented sergers!

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A few final snips and…

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Ta-da! A bespoke pencil case!

I love it. Now to finish C’s. 😀


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  • Reply renilde March 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    o yes Frida! always an inspiration.
    and look at your pencil case, such a fine result, wonderful Veronica.
    you made yourself the best souvenir already.

    • Reply Veronica March 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thank you so much Renilde. 😀

      • Reply Melodye Shore March 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        Muy bonita!

        • Reply Veronica March 9, 2015 at 7:05 am

          😀 Thank you. 😀

  • Reply Gill March 7, 2015 at 2:47 am

    very cool and one of a kind.

    • Reply Veronica March 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

      😀 It’s true! 😀

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks March 7, 2015 at 4:51 am

    That’s the most beautiful unibrow I’ve ever seen!

    • Reply Veronica March 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

      It’s true! I love that unibrow too. Wonder if I should stop plucking my brows…lol.

  • Reply Jo March 7, 2015 at 6:31 am

    What a great project – my daughter would love a Frida pencil case. Hmmmm another project?

    • Reply Veronica March 7, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Go for it! I bet you’ll love making one. 😀

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm March 8, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    So clever .. a one in a kind pencil case! 😀

    • Reply Veronica March 9, 2015 at 7:05 am

      That was so much fun to make that now I want to make another one. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein March 9, 2015 at 6:14 am

    i never cease to be impressed with your creative skillz

    • Reply Veronica March 9, 2015 at 6:59 am

      😀 Thank you so much sweetie. 😀

  • Reply Catie Porter March 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    love love your pencil case…..what a novel idea. I also have the very same model Bernina as you do but I sew a lot.
    have fun

    • Reply Veronica March 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Oh you’re so clever. I can hardly sew at all. I can just do the basics. I suppose I should put in more time practising or maybe take a course. 😀

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