I decided to make Boy Child a new pencil case. Did he need one? No. His old one is still holding up after two years of use. Did I want to make him one that used his favorite color (blue) AND had cats AND would be unlike anything I had tried to make before? Yes I did!
You may ask, why a pencil case? Well, I saw this tutorial and I really wanted to try it. This particular bag called out to me for some reason. If I can learn to make this one well, I could adapt it to all types of sizes and purposes. It sort of screamed at me to make a pencil case first though.
I picked out some fabric that I thought would be fun for Boy Child. I found the cats first and then picked a blue to go with it. The cat fabric is the only one I could find that would be acceptable to my boy, who doesn’t like cutesie or pink. Of course, it was a quilting fabric, which would never stand up to the abuse of a typical pencil case. So I coated it with an iron-on vinyl. That should help with waterproofing, stain-proofing, and durability.
I measured the old pencil case and came up with a finished dimension of 9x5x2. Then I followed the instructions on the tutorial and finished with this case. I added the two flat pockets like in the tutorial and left out the other zippered sections. I bound the seam allowances with 0.5 inch twill tape.
Overall, I like how it turned out. I was glad to have the instructions for the zipper, since I have only done two other zippers before and none like this. If you are a novice at zippers like I am, then take a look at the tutorial. It is part of a larger set of zipper tutorials that show you various ways to install and use zippers in bag construction.
The case isn’t perfect but I learned a lot making it and I will certainly be giving it another go soon. Although the iron-on vinyl allowed me to use a cute fabric, I may try some waterproof canvas, upholstery cloth, oilcloth, or ripstop nylon next time instead and save a lot of time. Once I got into the construction, the case didn’t take all that long to put together. There was a lesson in binding the raw seams as it is done in commercial construction of bags in this tutorial as well. I may change that finish the next time after I go through some of the other tutorials and learn other methods of hiding the seam allowances.
I will certainly be trying some of the other bags in the tutorial set once I get the kids back to school! I see the making of Christmas presents in my near future!