Get on Board with Sewing {Blog Hop} PLUS a giveaway

September is (Inter)National Sewing Month. To celebrate this fun month for sewers, I'm participating in the "Get on Board with Sewing" blog hop, hosted by Melva Loves Scraps. Also, there's a fantastic giveaway - keep reading to find out how to enter.

Our brief was simple - sew something that ties into the theme and then write about it:

Your “something” could have a tropical or surf feel.  It can be clothing, a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever you choose! It might include some tropical themed fabric or novelty print… or not.


I love Hawaii. We've visited a number of times as it's an easy flight over from the east coast of Australia. The weather is fabulous, beaches beautiful, people are friendly and welcoming and we generally just love the laid back vibe of the islands.

I always buy fabric when I go to Hawaii. I found some very cute novelty fabric last time I was there, at Walmart of all places. I especially love the malasada print and have made it the focal point of my pouch. Leonard's Bakery is iconic in Hawaii and make the most delicious malasadas (Portuguese style filled donuts). If you search #Leonards on Instagram you'll see the yumminess.


Anyways, I decided to make a little pencil case for my blog hop project. I love to watch Svetlana of @sotakhandmade sew up her bags and pouches so used one of her free projects on YouTube and made the slim pencil case using her tutorial.

It came together quite quickly and I'm so pleased with how it's turned out. It's a great size to keep inside of my handbag to store the little "bits" that seem to end up at the bottom of the bag (ie spare change, my mask, lip balm etc).

Here are my fellow blog hoppers. Please go and see what they've created to celebrate (Inter)National Sewing Month.

Get On Board with Sewing Blog Hop Line up


Thursday, September 1

Anorina                Samelia’s Mum (you are here)

Brenda                 Songbird Designs

Cheree                 The Morning Latte

Denise                  For the Love of Geese

 

Friday, September 2

Karen                    Karen’s Korner  

Nancy                   Grace and Peace Quilting

Sharon & Susan Ms P Designs USA

Nina-Marie         Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever

 

Monday, September 5

Karrin                    Karrin’s Crazy World

Linda                     Texas Quilt Gal

Yvonne                 Quilting Jetgirl

Emily                     The Darling Dogwood                     

 

Tuesday, September 6

Gail                        Quilting Gail

Joy                         Days Filled with Joy

Melisa                   Pinker ‘n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Carol                      Quilt Schmilt      

 

Wednesday, September 7

Melva                   Melva Loves Scraps

Tammy                 Tamarinis

Leah                      Quilted Delights

Patricia                 Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer



39 comments

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Such a darling pencil case and super cute fabric. It will be quite handy to put all kinds of things in. Happy quilting.

Karen's Korner said...

The perfect fabric for such a fun blog hop.

Lin said...

Cute little make. xx

FlashinScissors said...

Lovely pencil case! 😍 I’ve been meaning to make one for ages, maybe I will now.
Thank you for the video too. 😁
Barbara xx

Danice G said...

Super cute pencil case. I mostly sew quilts, but occasionally clothing as well.

Connie Kauffman said...

Cute little pouch

Linda said...

Hi Anorina, my first time to your lovely blog, and that is one of the fun things about a blog hop. My project is also related to Hawaii! How neat that you can fly there easily. I love your bag and have saved the tutorial. What is the little tape on the side - a name tag?

Bonnie58 said...

My goto at the moment is quilts and bags. Thanks

quiltingbydawn said...

Very cute Hawaiian themed fabric! A nice little project!

Lori Smanski said...

what an adorable pouch. I love your fabric so fun.
I used to sew garments all the time. Than I found quilting and voila, the world opened up. I love to make quilts of all sizes, things for around the house, such as pillowcases, hot pads, table runners etc....

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Your pencil pouch is so cute!! What fun fabric! Thanks so much for participating with us, Anorina!

ShirleyC said...

I love cute little zip pouches! Yours is adorable!

Karrin Hurd said...

Cute little pouch and adorable fabric. My one time in Hawaii I regret I didn't go to the Walmart. I found out afterward that they had really cute fabric in Walmart! Thanks for sharing!

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Cute little case and I love the fabric! I don't know why from my earliest years I've always shied away from zippers...but every time I put on in I'm like "Well that was easy!" LOL. I have a billion of them (an older seamstress gifted a box to me) so maybe this will be my squirrel today!

Melva said...

Cute little bag! Thanks for making National Sewing Month INTERnational :) Blessings!

Nancy A said...

When my family was young, I made their clothes. When the grandchildren came along, I sewed for them. Now I only make quilts.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Bags are my favorite thing to sew and your pencil pouch is so cute! I love Sotak Handmade's patterns too. I also love Hawaii and honeymooned on Maui 42 years ago last month.

loulee said...

Cute wee finish and as you say, handy too.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Such a cute pencil case! And I love that it's a free pattern! Aloha!!!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Wow, what wonderful fabric to find at Wal-Mart, I would have never guessed you'd find something that cute there. I hope every time you use the pencil case it brings back wonderful memories of Hawaii.

Quilting Gail said...

Love your little pencil bag! Perfect for traveling and full of memories! Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen said...

That’s a perfect project with fun fabric from your trip. Always good to know about a great tutorial!

JANET said...

I haven't done much sewing lately, other than hemming pants. But quilting is my passion.

Lee said...

I am split on what I make - I make some clothes and some quilts! Sweet pencil case!

FlourishingPalms said...

You find the best blog hops to participate in! I guess I don't follow any bloggers who organize hops. Nonetheless, I like your pencil case. I've made one with that pattern too, though I did a lot of hand-stitching first, and then turned it into a pencil case. I've been to Hawaii, but haven't heard of, nor experienced, Leonards Bakery. I've never heard of a malasada (nor seen such fabric)either, and I'm a pushover for baked goods! Glad you've been able to travel to Hawaii and make good memories.

Ondrea said...

Wow! How lucky are you having visited Hawaii so many times! The pencil case is so cute and a great idea.

sam said...

I love making quilts. Your pencil case is so cute. Perfect timing with the back-to-school rush.

Unknown said...

That is a super cute pencil case! The malasada fabric is adorable.I love visiting the islands and while there, I always have to grab a couple of malasadas.

Hannah said...

I am making a pencil pouch my son and just came across the same tutorial:) Mostly I sew quilted projects, but I also sew garments, bags, mending, etc.

lynn said...

Cool case Anorina. You are a busy woman.These small cases are quite useful, and they are beautiful The other big bonus is that we can have so many of them, something for every occasion.

Sherry said...

It has been a while since I took the time to enjoy a blog hop. I love your little pouch, I think I should make one to keep in my bag. I seem to give them away when I make one.

Raewyn said...

That's a handy sized pencil case/pouch and I love the story about what the fabric means to you.

Danette said...

This is a very cute zip pouch! I love sewing zip pouches, also. They are so useful.

Sharon Aurora said...

Love the pencil pouch. I like making mug rugs, potholders and table runners, as well as quilts.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a cute little bag!!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh how cute! I need to make one, now, today.... thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial! xx

JustPam said...

Cute little bag. I like sewing clothes and quilts.

Nina Marie said...

Pencil bags are a must around here, but to tell you the truth I never actually thought to make my own. My daughter and her friends who are all they call stationary supply snobs collect all sorts of pens, markers and pencils. These would make unique gifts! Thanks for the great idea!

Carol Andrews said...

Cute little pouch. It’s perfect to fit in a purse! Great idea. 😉