Sometimes I Sew 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 6)

At Spoonflower, one of the typical ways of proofing a fabric/surface design is to order an 8″x8″ swatch. Anyone can order these swatches, though, not just designers. Their prevalence has led some clever people to develop alternative uses for them. Here’s one of my attempts.

My mission was to create a case to temporarily hold pens being used for a drawing in progress, preferably something more creative than the generic dollar store variety. Below is what I came up with, each case using 2 swatches and most of a third.

pen cases ©Monica Tojek 2019

The first case I made is in the front. I like the fabric choices for this one better, but it turned out a little floppy. For the second one (back right), I added interfacing to the long sides. Still floppy, but less so. So, for both, I decided to sew a ridge at each vertical edge and that helped some, too. Not sure if I’m 100% satisfied with these, but I am satisfied enough to really be using them.

I’m now working on a cube shaped holder using 6 inch “fill-a-yard” squares and will post the results soon.

If you would like more information on how I made these, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

Thanks for stopping by!


Published by lalalamonique

Artist and fabric designer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY State.

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