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« on: May 19, 2008 09:20:20 AM »

My grandmother's 88th birthday is on Wednesday, and she likes to draw with colored pencils (she's quite good).  I made her this pencil and drawing pad holder (not sure what to call it).  This is the first time I've made something like this, and I already have a bunch of ideas of how to improve the next one Smiley.

I used cotton fabric and Timtex that was fusible on both sides for the main piece, and then interfaced the interior pockets with decor bond.  I used a silk-type ribbon for the tie, but it is too slippery and hard to tie, so I am trying to figure out a better way to tie it for the next one I make.  It's not perfect, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  Any feedback and suggestions are welcome!  Thanks for looking Smiley.



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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008 09:30:50 AM »

Oooh!  That is so pretty!!!  You did a super job.  Im sure your grandma will love it!!  I think anyone who draws would love it!!! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008 09:35:42 AM »

This is great!  Grosgrain ribbon might not be so slippery, or you could maybe do a tab with a magnetic snap closure.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008 09:37:38 AM »

That is a lovely gift.  I think you did a great job.  Way to go Grandma for being crafty well into her 80s!

Instead of a ribbon, you could have it close with snaps, or one of those plastic push-clips (no idea what they are called) like on a dog collar and some messenger bags.  Another option would be a wider ribbon that you attack velcro to for closure (so it stays pretty, but is functional too!).

You could also include a small pouch for a pencil sharpener (which are nowhere to be found when you need them LOL!).
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008 09:40:51 AM »

I love this!
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008 09:41:31 AM »

What a truely thoughful gift!  I love it and I bet she did too!
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2008 09:48:10 AM »

wow  very pretty! I bet she loves it!  your fabric choice was excellent.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008 10:10:48 AM »

My dd would love this!  Any chance you might do a tut for this?
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008 03:06:08 PM »

Gorgeous fabric and great job on the sewing.

I second the spot for a pencil sharpener.  Never have one when you are on the go.

Maybe a pocket for holding extras Huh
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008 03:42:36 PM »

This is so creative and functional - the perfect kind of gift!  The fabrics are great contrast, too.  Well done! Grin
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