After a meandering detour into pattern matters and craft fairs, we are now back to finish up Kate's Tsum Tsum party. Today's party thing is the Personalizable Pencil Case.
At our parties, we often do a craft which involves personalizing. We've found that kids like that - particularly if it also involves adding color and not just the odd sticker or dash of glitter.
For Kate's Tsum Tsum party, we mass-sewed pencil cases. These were simple unlined flat zippered pouches of plain canvas on one side and quilting-cotton-weight Tsum Tsum print fabric on the other.
I bought a yard of the fabric here, and had a lot leftover after making 10 of these pouches. Because the quilting cotton was so thin, I backed it with a layer of white twill before sewing the two sides of the pouches together.
They were so easy to make that even Emily, who's eleven, could make one (she lost interest after that one).
On the blank canvas side, Emily and I drew Tsum Tsum faces with a black Sharpie.
Here are all the designs.
Then we slipped a piece of cardboard (we cut up cereal boxes) in each to prevent the ink from bleeding through when the guests colored their pencil cases.
On the day itself, we set out all the fabric markers we had in the house.
and the guests picked one pencil case each, colored the faces in, and added their names.
Some drew their own names,
and I drew blank block letters for those who wanted them.
This is usually our last activity - the guests can take their time to decorate their projects until they're picked up by their families.