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4 Sep

Project of the Month: Pencil Case

Happy September!

It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school once again. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. For me, my pencil case was the highlight of all of the back to school supplies I badgered my mom into getting for me. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those that want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case – one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!


This charming collection of delightful, easy-to-make patchwork projects, originally published in Japan, is perfect for creating gifts for loved ones. Using five classic quilt patterns—simple squares, hexagons, log cabins, stars, and polygons—the projects range from pincushions, potholders, and pillows to handbags, coin purses, and a variety of zippered cases that are quick to make. This is the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for small projects and fun ways to use up their fabric stash. 

(Note: Instructions below are for the spring clasp pencil case but the pattern download includes both)

Materials (for spring clasp pencil case)

  • Fabric a, backing, and casings (plaid)
  • 9 3⁄4″ x 11 3⁄4″ (25 x 30 cm)
  • Fabric b (pink print)
  • 2 3⁄4″ x 3 1⁄2″ (7 x 9 cm)
  • Fabric c (yellow print)
  • 2 3⁄4″ x 3 1⁄2″ (7 x 9 cm)
  • Fabric d (floral print)
  • 4″ x 7 3⁄4″ (10 x 20 cm)
  • Fusible batting 6″ x 13 3⁄4″ (15 x 35 cm)
  • Lining 6″ x 13 3⁄4″ (15 x 35 cm)
  • Clasp
  • One 4″ (10 cm)–long spring clasp

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Cut the fabric.
Trace and cut out templates A and B on page 17 (following template cutting instructions on page 107).

Cut fabric pieces adding a 1⁄4″ (0.7 cm) seam allowance:
• 2 A pieces of fabric d
• 2 B pieces of fabric a
• 2 B pieces of fabric b
• 2 B pieces of fabric c
• 2 casing pieces of fabric a: 1 1⁄4″ x 4 3⁄4″ (3 x 12 cm)
• 1 backing piece: 4 1⁄4″ x 6 3⁄4″ (12 x 16 cm) of fabric a
• 1 lining piece, cut without seam allowance: 4 1⁄4″ x 12 3⁄4″ (12 x 16 cm)

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1. Make the pencil case top: Sew the pieces together as shown in the patchwork diagram on page 15. Sew the case top to the case backing along the short edge. Press the fusible batting to wrong side and quilt as shown in the above diagram.

2. Fold the pencil case in half with right sides together. Sew both sides and press the seams open. Miter corners by stitching across each corner at 3⁄4″ (2 cm).

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3. Repeat step 2 for the pencil case lining.

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4. Make the clasp casing by folding each piece in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew both short sides and turn right side out. Fold in half again and sew 1⁄4″ (0.7 cm) along the raw edges. Make second casing.

5. Position the raw edges of the casing on right side of the pencil case top. Sew the casing to the top of the pencil case, then repeat for second casing.

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6. With wrong sides together, insert the lining into pencil case. Fold over the seam allowance on the lining and hemstitch to the case. Insert spring clasps through casings to finish.

Et voila! Your pencil case is ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

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Each project in Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo is accompanied by clear construction diagrams, with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos for how how to cut, arrange, and sew up the project, making this the perfect book for beginner quilters or veterans looking for fun ways to use up their fabric stash. Also included are complete instructions for inserting zippers, plus many other techniques to help you give all your gifts a professional-looking finishing touch.

Can’t wait to get your own copy?

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25 Jul

FREEBIE FRIDAY: 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet

It’s the middle of summer and I love it! Summer is my favorite season of the year. There’s a distinct feeling to it that the rest of the year lacks and I get a little wistful in winter wishing for it come back. When I first received a copy of 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan, the first thing that stuck with me was the cover. The bright colors reminded of me summer and flipping through the book, the feeling was only solidified. So our FREE PROJECT today comes from this wonderful book which includes over 50 original stitches & 50 fabulous colorways for blankets and throws!  

knit butterfly 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches cover

100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet  is a step-by-step guide to turning a ball of yarn into beautiful blankets and throws to brighten your home or keep warm on chilly nights. And why stop there? In addition to these 100 stitches, the book also includes information on yarn requirements, techniques, and tools to create scarfs, bags, pillows, and even clothing!

This is a wonderfully illustrated and easy-to-use guide to making and using ripple stitches in delightful and inspiring colorways perfect for blankets, throws, and accessories. With 75 original stitch designs to choose from, using color and texture to create stunning zig-zags, ripples, and waves, there is plenty here to appeal to every crocheter.

Each design has a clear written pattern, an easy-to-follow chart, and a color variation to try out. The designs range from simple to more advanced patterns and also include ripple stitches worked in the round for unusual and eye-catching projects. It even includes five great projects as inspiration for how some of the designs could go together!

Eager for more? Buy the book today!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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