My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Monday, September 3, 2012

Afton's Patchwork Pencil Case

Here it is. The last weekend of the summer. We all head back to school on Tuesday.  It hit me last week that we had never made it to the beach. So, Saturday morning I loaded the kids in the car and headed to my mother's house which is within a 15 minute drive to Lake Huron.  
We spent 4 hours on the sand and in the water.  The wind was high and the waves were huge, but it didn't stop my little people from enjoying every minute.  

My oldest is already hoping we can head back to beach one more time before the real cold of the autumn season sets in.  I guess we'll have to wait and see....

While resting on the sand I had the  realization that our daughter is off to grade 1 and in need of her own set of school supplies.  Her big brother, in grade 3,  has a plastic pencil box to contain his pencils and markers, but I knew the little lady would like something with a bit more of a feminine touch.  

So when we got home from Nana's this morning I hauled out my charm pack collection and let Afton choose her favourite fabric squares.  

We agreed this was our ABSOLUTE favourite.  Like mother, like daughter!!

I cut the squares into smaller 3 inch squares and began sewing them together in a checkerboard pattern.  

For fun I added a row of ball fringe in Afton's favourite shade of fuchsia.  

To finish it off I sewed on a row of white white ric-rac trim (the cuteness is all in the details!) and picked a pink patterned fabric for the inner lining.  


I am so glad I can finally sew in a zipper without any problems.  It has taken me ages (literally decades!) to perfect this technique.  But this one went in like a breeze!

Did it pass first-grade daughter inspection??  

Oh yeah.  I think she likes it!!

I think she'll be very proud to pull this mom-made accessory out of her backpack on the first day of school.  

Cheers to all,



  1. She looks chuffed to bits with it!

  2. Love it. I remember all the mom-made pencil cases of our childhood!

  3. Sweet as can be (both Afton AND the pencil case :)

  4. Oh my goodness! That is the sweetest thing ever! WANT ONE! Your daughter is so luckky to have a mom who can whip such pretty things for her! Pinned it Bronwyn! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  5. This is adorable! I would love to try to make one! I love the colors you've used, too! Hugs!

  6. She'll have the most beautiful pencil case of all the Grade 1s! I bet she couldn't wait to put it in her desk this morning :) I attempted to make something like this out of jeans as a project in Home Ec.(when it still existed as an elementary rotary subject) and held onto it for years. I remember how frustrating the zipper was and haven't attempted one since! You'll have to make sure you pass on your amazing sewing skills your kids :)

    Hope the first day went well for everyone! I thought of you as I was driving past on the way back from the cottage.

    P.S. Love the font on your site! What is it?

  7. Oh Bronwyn, that is adorable! I love the colors and the pom poms.

  8. Bronwyn, I was hoping she wasn't going to like it.. so that you could send it to me instead. :) LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  9. Very Cute. This is great for our toddlers too, who travel 6 hours to Grandmas house. They can use it in the car to carry their crayons/pencils. Thanks for sharing.
    Donna www.onceuponasewingmachine.com

  10. Oh that's so sweet, the case and the look on little miss's face!

  11. Oh my word!! that is adorable!! I love anything patchwork, and this is fantastic! Happy to be following back :) ~Bre

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  13. Awee sooo cute both the pencil case and your adorable girl! I wish i knew to sew!! *sigh* well this is surely one project to do when i learn to sew.

  14. Super cute!! I wish I could sew. I just got a sewing machine that I am very excited to play around with! I am your newest follower via the link-up @ the Grant Life :) -Chelsea

  15. Hi Bronwyn,
    Absolutely adorable! Love the fabric combinations and the ric rac trim. Your daughter's smille is so sweet!
    Have a look at my blog I’ll be so glad.

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft

  16. Love these fabrics...and the pouch...and the pom poms! Thank you!

  17. oh that's just darling!! so cute and whimsical! i want one for my makeup in my purse! thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday! hope to see you again this week!

  18. Yay, Bronwyn for making a lovely zippered pouch! You are far braver than I. I have yet to attempt adding a zipper to any of my projects. Very daunted, I am. The fabrics you chose are so happy and the pop of pom-pom trim is just adorable! Love it!

  19. Awe that is adorable! You guys have great taste in fabric :) Great job.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders link party! Hope to see you back on Thursday Have a great day :)

  20. So great... love this.. Groeten uit Nederland.

  21. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  22. I love the fabrics and the whole project! Your daughter's face says it all. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow!

  23. Love this cute case. I've got to make one for my artist granddaughter and fill it with colored pencils.

  24. that is adorable! i love the trim- i would love a fun pencil case like that!

  25. So cute! What a great project ! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!


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