Quick back to school project!

A stash-buster, too!

Using remnants from other projects and even scraps of interfacing, I whipped up this pencil case using the Pencil Case tutorial at Bits and Pieces.

The soon-to-be kindergartener has had fun putting pens, pencils, toy cars, little dolls, etc., in (and out!) of the pouch.

Can you tell the 5-year-old picked out the fabrics? She especially loves the tabs.

Fun little pencil case!

Fun little pencil case!

She picked stripes for inside, too, naturally!

Boxed, lined pencil case

Boxed, lined pencil case

This went together in about an hour. I think we spent about that long picking out fabrics from the scrap basket.

She really thought she wanted a violet zipper, but Big Sis convinced her red was the way to go. I concur!

Super fun backpack!

I picked up this lovely owl fabric at Joann for $4 a yard. Despite my self-imposed moratorium on fabric purchasing without a planned project, I bought 2 yards. I also was picking up a yard of hot pink for a different project (as yet undone, but planned!) and grabbed a yard of the solid blue on sale, too.

I snagged the Simplicity 1388 pattern for super cheap, I think 99 cents. Add in a $2 buckle, D-rings, velcro and interfacing from my stash and (Darnitall! Too big!) black cording (Should have gone with white, and smaller diameter, I’ll pick up a new version sometime soon!), and I have a super cute owl backpack.

My super cute owl backpack from Simplicity pattern 1388. LOVE IT!

My super cute owl backpack from Simplicity pattern 1388. LOVE IT!

I heart it. It’s a smidge too large for my everyday needs, and I didn’t follow instructions for the straps (she used webbing). I also added a top-loop handle, which has already proven handy.

I found the pattern very easy to follow. I had a lot of fun playing the color combos, but it is a LOT of pieces to cut and interface. The interior of each pocket and the inside of the bag are all in the blue. My interior zippered pocket has a hot pink zipper and lining.

Am I the only one who seems to finish their carry-on bag a day before they leave for vacation? I’ve done that twice now!

This is a fun bag to put together, once the cutting and interfacing are all done (I generally don’t find cutting fun. Can’t be the only one!). I really like the way the top drawstring channel was created, and will definitely use that technique in the future. I had also never made exterior pockets this way, and will certainly do that again. The pockets are very useful sizes, and I love the pop of color!

What have you been working on? I think I’m planning another, smaller backpack (view A) from  this pattern set in the owl fabric. Will have to check what zippers it needs and what I have on hand.

Speaking of zippers! Got my wawak.com order  – buy 2 get one free, so I bought 2 25-packs, and those worked with the sale so I got 75 zippers in 14″ and 11″ lengths in a variety of colors. I had never used the site before, but shipping was reasonable and fast. Price per zipper was far, far cheaper than buying individually at Joann.