Back to School – free pattern for you

I always feel a bit melancholy at this time of year …. summer is coming to an end and it’s still too soon to anticipate September’s burst of activity with the start of the new term and the recommencing of all our clubs, societies and other activities within the village.  I like September – it always meant an exciting new beginning in school days – new classroom, new teacher and – if I was lucky – new pencil case and stationery.  So, feeling nostalgic for those far away times, I decided to put together a funky pencil case inspired by Japanese zakka creations.

I love Japanese craft books, they are so beautifully photographed and the illustrated instructions are so clear and easy to follow.  I hope this design will appeal both to youngsters…. 


….and of course the young at heart!  If you’d like the pattern and hints for working then please click here to download the free pdf.

I’ve also found time to write up my latest bag pattern and have christened it the “Sweet Pleat Shoulder Tote”, with “Tweeded Hedgerow” and “Sweet Pea” versions.  Thank you very much indeed to everyone who took the trouble to leave suggestions for names – they were great.  I was particularly taken with the “Batson Bag” and “Bustle Bag” but sadly have learned that as a small business I need to chose a name that describes the pattern so it will show up on search engines.  Otherwise no one can find it – which means no sales!! 
So the winner and runners up are Kristen, Sudi-Laura, Ms Muffin and Serena.  Please get in touch and let me know your email addresses and I’ll send you complimentary copies of the pdf pattern. 
If anyone else would like to purchase the Sweet Pleat bag pattern, it’s now listed in my Etsy Shop.  Off now to work on August’s newsletter – out at the weekend!


that is an absolutely brilliant pencilcase! I love it.
I wanted to say thank you so much for the fishie stitchery – I have to buy a hoop to keep him in and I'll send you a photo of him on my wall when I have. I love it! your work is so beautiful.

So sorry to read about poor Amy. I do hope you're not overwhelmed by grief and can remember all of the wonderful times you shared. Remember that next time there's a thunderstorm it's simply that big newf bounding across the clouds chasing rabbits.


Love that pencil case. I always remembered the school floors being shiney – think it only lasted about a week but that first day of the new school year and shiney floors!
Julie xxxxx


You are so talented and so sharing with your arts! I want to live in a farmhouse near the sea too. Such an idyllic setting, but then I think of my little house in town and all the conveniences… sigh… cheers!

lauren carney

your blog is really something special.
I am enlightened by all of the loveliness each photo has to offer.
Thanks for the inspiration!
happy blogging x x


I won! Can't believe I won! There were so many other great ideas!
Sorry that it took me a while to respond. Was busy preparing my daughter's birthday party … and did not get to check out many blogs over the weekend. I will send you an email to the address on your website – I was planning on doing that anyway as I would like to feature some of your projects. Just so you know that it is not spam. 🙂

Papgena Made It

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for sharing this, it's such a sweet pencil case!


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