Monday, March 4, 2013

Pencil Box and Tablecloth

Doesn't that sound like the title of a fairytale :) Actually it all began a bit like in the old tale about the button that lead to buying a matching coat :))) I wanted to make a fully lined project box but I didn't have a suitable fabric. So, instead of buying the fabric for the box, I decided to buy enough for a tablecloth and make a box out of the remnants.

I was browsing through various tutorials, when my daughter saw the cute boxes and asked me to make her one for her pencils. Cotton is a fairly weаk fabric for a pencil box, so it occurred to me to make the outer box out of a pair of her old jeans and use the tablecloth fabric as the lining:

I followed the instruction of this tutorial, applying fusible interfacing only to the lining.
To make it more interesting and girly (and much more difficult for me) I cut out a heart from the fabric and embroidered it carefully on one side of the box, and on the other I stitched a beaded butterfly:

The red zipper was her suggestion - bull's eye idea!


  1. So cute! I've been thinking of making pencil cases for my nieces, but keep making project bags for me, LOL!

    I love the extra touches you did - the butterfly and heart!

  2. Great job! These are sturdy pencil bags.