It was fun

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I really like to sew. (Sometimes I forget.) And I really really like it when the projects are as fun as this. Rainbow order! Ack.

I’ve made pencil rolls before, but this rainbow-centered version of Kathy’s (Pink Chalk Studio) is just the ultimate. I just adapted the instructions in Last Minute Patchwork (it was for a 24 pack) but Kathy also published the 12 pencil roll instructions in a magazine lately.

Bea helped by picking out all the fabrics to match the pencils (she did have some help with the red-orange which was hard and very lacking in my stash). Pretty good, eh? She’s a color girl after my own heart. She also picked out the outer fabric. P is for purple. P is for Penelope!

One note: I wasn’t really happy with the lightweight cotton fabric I used for the pocket. It needs something more substantial when you go to shove the pencil inside. Next time I would use a heavier fabric (Kathy used a heavier linen) or, as Lori suggested, use binding on the edge to create a stiffer edge. She’s made enough pencil rolls to know a trick or two. (Have you ever counted them up Lori?)

A few more weeks hopefully and I can find my sewing machine again amidst the rubble that was once a functioning house…

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