Have you seen Anna Graham's newest pattern, the Road Trip Case?
I had the opportunity to be one of her pattern testers-- totally exciting! I love using Anna's patterns because they are always completely unique and well-written. This one was no exception. What I love about it is the options-- you can sew up pockets to fit the so-very-popular Rainbow Loom
or make it a more versatile case for art or sewing supplies.
Claire got a Rainbow Loom for her birthday last year and got really into making bracelets after Christmas, so I started with that version using some new fabric. Turns out that Lizzy House's Catnap and Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics are a match made in heaven...
I sewed up the alternate version this weekend to use as a journaling case for me. I tried a couple of modifications to the pattern this time. I used a fabric tab and snap as a closure instead of a button (I loathe sewing buttons) and used two different fabrics for the handles. I also added a couple of felt pieces for needles like I saw Anna do on one of her versions in case I want to use it for sewing later on.
My first case took me about 6 hours from start to finish, but the second only took about 4 hours. (If I wasn't so terrible with making and applying bias binding it would be even quicker.) It would be a great gift, especially filled up with goodies!