byAnnie Pencil Case for Lola

byannie.com

ByAnnie’s Pencil Case for Lola is perfect for a quick and easy gift item that doesn’t require a lot of fabric. The pattern is a FREE pdf download on her website. Click the pattern picture to go to the pattern download page.

I needed something to hold my mascara and eye liner while traveling. I used Tula Pink fabric scraps and scrap Soft n Stable. It took about 45 minutes to make one pencil case. Poof! Instant gratification.

The pencil cases measure about 9 1/2″ and the body is a cube with 3″ sides.

Goody Goody Binding Bag

Goody Goody Binding Bag

I have needed a hand sewing kit forever.  I ran across a video on YouTube (below) and really liked how this bag was constructed.  The compartment that holds wonder clips was the best selling point for me. The instructions for the bag can be found here.

This is a great project for scraps.  Each little section only takes a small piece of fabric, so leftovers work wonderfully for this. I have a huge pile of “Smitten” scraps. I had starched them heavily thinking that I needed them for my “Hexie Snowflake” quilt. I don’t like how stiff the pockets are now so I’m going to wash my bags to get out all of the starch.

What I will do differently next time I make this…

Aurifil Thread Spools

Aurifil Thread Spools

The tab that holds the thread has a velcro scrap on the end.  It is the end that you thread through the hole in the spool.  Small Aurifil thread that is on the wooden spool has a very small opening.  It won’t thread through.  Next time, I will either make the velcro a lot smaller (but it won’t hold as well) or use a small tie.  The plastic spools of small Aurifil have a larger opening and work fine.

https://www.fatquartershop.com/nsearch/?q=Smitten

Materials

I cut everything out and added some mesh for the internal pocket.  While constructing the bag, I decided against using it and made the pocket with the suggested fabric.  I may revisit this on a later bag some day….we’ll see.

It was quite simple to sew together.  I made both bags at the same time.  Almost as if I were chain piecing.  Maybe I’ll call this chain making. 🙂  So, I have one bag to use and one to put in my gift box for later.

Goody Goody Binding Bag

Goody Goody Binding Bag

I really like how the colors turned out.  The only thing I would change would be the binding on the tan bag. I think it is too light for the outside of the bag.

Goody Goody Binding Bag

Goody Goody Binding Bag

 

Goody Goody Binding Bag

Goody Goody Binding Bag

This is the video I found on YouTube.  I think the bright colors are what appealed to me most.

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag Pattern

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag Pattern

This past Christmas, I made 3 different travel bag sets for family members.  I used the Ultimate Travel Bag pattern from byannie.com. Her patterns are very detailed. However, I took the Craftsy class to learn the complicated parts of this pattern. The Craftsy course can be found here.

I used quilting cottons and Sew Stable foam interfacing for all of the items. After I got the hang of working with the heavy thick foam, I realized how easy this pattern actually is.  I would say that if you are an intermediate sewist, you can handle this project without taking the class.  I did, however, enjoy sewing along with Annie Unrein as she taught the class.

I made matching Hanging Cosmetics Bags too! They are on the large size and hold everything you need for a week long trip.

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag

byannie Ultimate Travel Bag


The bags have internal mesh pockets, 5 outer pockets and a strap to attach it to a roller suitcase handle.

I love them.  And … I gave them all away.  So, now I need to get some time to make myself a set.  🙂

Sew Sampler December 2018

December 2018 Sew Sampler

December 2018 Sew Sampler from The Fat Quarter Shop

Winter with You

So, December’s Sew Sampler was nice.  I suppose I should get this posted before the next one comes out.  I haven’t sewn the tote yet.  When I do, I will post pictures of it here.

Sew Sampler December 2018

Sew Sampler December 2018

Included in the box:

  • Avondale Tote Pattern
  • Barn Block Recipe Card
  • 2 Woodland Rose by LeCien Mini Charm Packs
  • Tote Finishing Kit
  • 50 wt Aurifil #2805
  • Scissor Snips
  • Tula Pink Tweezers