For all of those inquiring minds ... supplies are in bold. As I am sewing I kind of make it up as I go, so if you are not clear on something I wrote just PM me for clarification. NOTE
: I am lazy, hate "turning fabric", and love the organic texture of raw sems, so that is what you get with these directions:
1. Cut a piece of fabric for the lining
, 14 inches wide by 26.5 inches long. I would recommend pretty sturdy fabric, or fabric that has been attached to heavy interfacing, so that when complete the case does not flop all over the place.
2. Cut a piece of heavy duty interfacing
slightly larger than the lining (you will trim it down later) and start laying various scraps
all over it. Cover it completely. Take a piece of water-soluable fabric
and pin it down over the top.
3. Set your machine to free-motion stitch (a lot of machines will do this, even if you don't have a specific setting for it) and just start making designs and shapes. I started with just a grid by sewing back and forth to tack everything down, then I did very basic flowers, leaves and fan designs. Cover, cover, cover it so that every little scrap is down and secure.
4. Wash off the water-soluable fabric ... make sure you rinse it good so that there is no sticky residue left. Let it dry.
5. Trim the scrap fabric to match the lining.
6. Figure out which end (lengthwise) is going to be the top flap. Sew the bottom edges together width-wise. Trim to slightly off the seam. I use pinking shears for the fun jagged cut.
7. Take the bottom that you just sewed, and fold it up 8.75 inches. You now have an envelope, or pocket, big enough to slide a sketchbook (and a few other goodies) into. Pin the sides to hold it in place ... no sewing yet
8. Get whatever fabric or elastic
you are going to use to hold pens, glue, etc. and pin it down on the lining only
of the flap. I just started at one end and secured it to the lining, the put down my glue stick and used it to figure out where to pin to make the glue stick loop. Then onto pens, etc.
9. Once your little holders are pined down, sew them, to the lining only
10. Pin the lining to the outside fabric along the outer edge, all the way around. I used a curved object to trace my corner curves, but you can leave them squared off, too.
11. Starting at the botton edge of the envelope/pocket, you are going to sew up one side, across the top, and down the other side. I use a quarter-to-half inch seam. Trim slightly off the seam.
12. Get some kind of snap, or button closure, attach, and you are all done!!
I think it took me longer to figure out how to tell you to do it than it took me to actually make it