Vanity Style Pen Case

Size: 18cm (l) 8cm (bottom diameter)

The featured project is a lovely vanity style pen case. The addition of a piping cord at the lid and at the bottom helps the case stand up. echino’s new design, buble is coordinated with echino’s solid fabric in the same color tone. You will also find this vertical case convenient for storing crochet hooks and as a PET bottle carrier.

Design & WorkYoko Kubodera

Fabric shown for this sample:
(Outer fabric) echino JG96900-903A
(Lining fabric, Handle, Bias binding strip) JG95410-10I

□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 40cm×25cm
(Lining fabric, Handle, Bias binding strip): 60cm×30cm
□ Fusible quilt batting: 40cm x 25cm
□ Cotton herringbone tape: 70cm (2cm width)
□ Cord: 50cm (0.5cm diameter)
□ Rope: 9cm (0.5cm diameter)
□ Flat knit zipper: one piece (20cm)

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We interviewed Yoko about her creation:
KKokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
A randomly placed polka dot design with a hand-painting touch looks lovely wherever you cut it. As an accent, I incorporated the solid fabric in matching color of the swallow and small triangle motifs.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Adding the fusible quilt batting helps keep the shape. The piping cord attached to the lid and bottom edge works as an accent as well as to support it vertically. With the loop, you can hang the case while you use it if you choose to do so.

KF: What are some tips for making this case?
For a clean finish, when you work on the zipper, lid and bottom, take an extra step by basting the fabrics before machine sewing.

KF: How should we use this case in everyday situations?
Besides using it as a pen case, you will find the vertical container handy as a crochet hooks holder or as a PET bottle or stainless skinny thermos carrier.

KF: Thank you very much, Yoko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!


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Featured fabrics.

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Prepare the materials. Cut the fabrics as instructed.

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Make the piping cord. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the ends of the bias binding strip. Put together the ends of the cord and wrap around with the scotch tape.

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With the front sides facing outside, fold the bias binding strip in half with the cord inside. Baste the fabric.

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Make the panel portion of the case.

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Layer the center outer fabric and lining fabric over the panel portion and sew together.

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Fold the seam of the back center fabric and close with the blind stitch.

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Make the lid. With the front sides facing outside, put together the outer and lining fabrics. Layer the handle, piping cord and rope in this order and baste them.

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With the front sides facing each other, sew together the panel outer fabric and lid outer fabric.

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Repeat the process for the bottom. Turn it inside out to finish.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)