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Do you ever accidentally waste like a colossally huge amount of time find cool ideas on Pinterest?  I do. 

One of the cool things I've found quite a while ago is this pin - a Chinese photo tutorial for a pencil case.  I guess a lot of people are as attracted to it as I am because I see it a LOT. 

It looks like a cute, easy, fun little pencil case, right?  So I thought I'd give it a try.

Not bad. :)

However, what you don't see here is that I had a problem at the start ... no template.  The body of the case is an odd shape with curves and cut-outs.   And unlike this other Chinese Pin Tutorial I used a few weeks back, this one has no measurements at all.

But I can be quite determined when I want something badly enough, so I worked for a while to fashion a template that I thought was about the right shape and size.  When I was sewing the seams together I realized my curves were a bit off so my case is shaped just a wee bit differently than the original, but it still works.

I've adjusted my template and now that I know how it goes together, this pattern is my new popcorn ... I have more coming. :)

PS:  Floral fabric is available here. ;)

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Reader Comments (33)

So very pretty! Could you work up a tutorial or a pattern that we could buy?
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
So pretty. Love the polka dot lining.
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
Oh how adorable. Green gingham bias tape makes me happy! I have drooled over this tutorial, but was never brave enough to make a template like you did. I would be so thrilled if you will put the template up for all of us to use!!! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration.
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikhaila Potts
I love that you just jump in with these pins and go for it. You are inspiring. This turned out so cute!
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA.J. Dub (Amy)
Your pouch is so pretty, Kristyne.
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M
I too would love a pattern to purchase. My daughter can't get enough of the last pattern I bought from you and made her (she's 22 BTW!). I'm sure she'd love to add another shape to her repitoire. Love love love!!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLori
Love love love it! Yes, can you share the template or measurements or something?!
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynette Root
yes would love to make it. how big is pattern.Linda Gerig
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlinda gerig
So adorable! Would love the pattern or template!
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristin
Thank you! Love this! I am just a wee confused, though… I don't get that side cut out - when you stitch across the bottom to flatten it - is there a seam on the side - a little one - that you do first before you go across the bottom? I don't even know if I'm making sense … :o/
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
oh. my. gosh.
send that to me asap
just kidding
not really.
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpam
I would print out the photo of the fabric cut to the right shape as large as I could and then cut my pattern from that?
February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSue B
That's really, really cute! Perhaps you can share your template with us, please?
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Beautiful Kristyne! Thanks for pointing that out t's Pinned!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShari
What a sweet little pencil case! You did a great job interpreting the pattern without any measurements!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshton Bynum
I love it! And the fabric you used looks so lovely!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShay
ps - it's me the pest again… where can we find the cute handmade tags you used? Love them!!!!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLINDA
So cute Kristyne!!! I don't know what you're talking about with all that wasting time on Pinterest though, I mean who does that!?! >.< love it with the PKP fabrics, they're the best! xo
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessie @ MessyJesse
You are my Making-Up-The-Pattern-As-I-Go hero. Seriousy, I don't think I have it in me. Give me detailed instructions! And, again, with the Pam Kitty Picnic...I'm dead gone. :)
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly
How adorable! I doubt I'd permit one sharpened pencil within a mile of this sweetie, but I can see a delightful cosmetic pouch here. It seems eyeliner pencils are getting longer as I age....
Thanks for the special in your store, too. You must have read my mind as I was oogling your round pencil case pattern the other day. I've worked up the courage to try, so here goes!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
You DO love a challenge! And you know how much I like that PKP print!
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergreg
This is terribly cute. I would love to make one for my girls and would happily purchase a PDF pattern.
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusie
I have made a pencil case from this "pattern", it's a fab little make. I just got an a4 piece of paper, did my best with the shape and it turned out fine!
Yours looks super cute in those gorgeous fabrics :)
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLucy
Your fabric choices are so pretty, love this
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth f.
Well pass the popcorn!!! I have pinned that also! There is another one out there that takles two circles and overlaps them,somehow it makes the template, I wil llook for it and post it here, yours is adorable!! I never tire of seeing your beautiful creations ,and that fabric is perfect!!! How inspiring to see what you have done! As usual..:)
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
I love the fabric combination you used! Very pretty! By the way, just FYI, this is not a Japanese photo tutorial. This pin and the other pin you featured a few weeks ago are both written in Chinese.
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAOH
Gorgeous! I've absolutely got to have one of these for my "teacher" pencils :) Thanks for the inspiration :)
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCassie
Hi Kristyne - I love your blog and your tutorials! I haven't made the pencil case yet, but I'm going to soon. I enjoy doing needle-turn applique and making small projects too. I spend most of my time designing quilts and teaching quilt making, so when I get the time to do a small project like the pencil case I appreciate that there is a tutorial ready for me!! I've added you to 'my favorite links' on my blog and website www.ladylikedesigns.com Let me know if you would consider endorsing my site on your blog. Thank you!
Blessings, Bev
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Remillard
I think it turned out so very cute! Great fabric choice! I've had me eye on that picture tutorial for awhile now.

Did you know you can use your computer monitor or tablet screen as a light box and trace things onto paper, then all you have to do is true them up and voila!
I love your crossed out "first thought that came out of your head" posts. We all know that's exactly what happens on Pinterest or any other crossing out you've done. LOL funny! Cute case. I'd use it for carrying my EPP stuff to and from school to do at a couple of long stop lights. Being a sewer, I think I'd "fuss" with drafting a template for half and cut on the fold. Your last pouch pin worked up so quickly; maybe this one will be on my weekend list (fat chance of getting that list any shorter!).
February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDelcia Rosenow
Wow, it is lovely. I am amazed you managed to get copyright permission from the original post given the language problems.
March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSally Bramald
Hi - Do you have a pattern?
June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

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