I have been spending a lot of time in my sewing room lately. I seem to go in spurts with my crafts, one day pouring myself into my knitting, while the next I can not tear my self away from the sewing machine
Back before Christmas, I had an idea in my head to do a journal/sketch book and colored pencil case for my little ones. The first design that I did just wasn’t working for me, and although I thought hard about revising that piece and trying to make it work, in the end I just realized that it wasn’t very functional.
I have been doodling off and on for a bit now, trying to decide what I wanted, and in the end, I went for simple. A sturdy book-like case that can easily carry a lot of pencils, markers or paint brushes, with a large enough pocket to carry many different sized sketch books.
I made this one for my kids, but mine is on the machine, and I am excited to put it to good use.
You will need:
2 fat quarters, one for the inside lining, the other for the outer cover.
1 6×16.5 piece of fabric for the inside pocket
1 16.5×16.5 piece of heavy weight fusible interfacing.
Ribbon, Bias Tape or ric rac for the ties
Line up your pocket with your lining fabric, both facing up. Sew the three edges of the pocket to the fabric. Determine how large you want your journal pocket to be, as well as how much you want to space the pencil slots, and mark. Stitch along your marked lines, backstitching at both ends
Then center and pin the ribbons.
With right sides together, pin your lining and outer fabrics together. Beginning in the middle of one side, with a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around the entire piece, leaving a three inch opening
With the inner lining fabric facing up, fold over the top of your piece to your desired length. I wanted my fabric to cover the top of my sketch book/journal, as well as the colored pencils.
Once you have determined the length, top stitch down both sides of your piece, making sure to reinforce your stitches as both ends.
I love the ease of use with this book, and the endless possibilities. There is enough room to hold paint brushes, markers, crayons, and pencils. The journal side is able to hold two thin journals together, or one journal and loose leaf paper. It is really easy to make the art book larger or smaller for your needs. Just simply cut your fabric to the desired dimensions, and then follow the above directions.
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