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The penwrap sewing project 
16th-Aug-2009 10:09 pm

When lucentstreak first showed me the penwrap she bought last year, I was intrigued that this was her preferred vessel of transport for her collection of fountain pens. Mine never got much star treatment - I opted to chuck them unceremoniously in the side pockets of whichever bag I am carrying for the day.

This is especially after she told me how much some of these penwraps were going for on the fountain pen communities. Egads, I promised I would try my hand at sewing one instead and with her help, did a fair amount of research on what designs were already available.

After a few weeks of calculating and measuring the design I wanted, it took all of an hour to sew this beta one.

The exterior is made of a khaki green cotton broadcloth,
so promises to be fairly hardy and easy to wash later.

And yes, an easy access pen slot is included for the especially-favorite pen needed in a jiffy.

The ribbon is just a scrap I had lying around,
but I'll have to reconsider the material and the wrapping method.

The interior is a cotton batik fabric
with the same broadcloth for the pen slots and cover flap.

I originally designed the interior to fit 6 pens of varying fatness,
but looking at it now, I could've included one more pen slot.

Oh well, it's back to the drawing board.
16th-Aug-2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
How cute. Such a good idea to look after your pens. I just have tonnes that float around in each of my bags.
17th-Aug-2009 03:33 am (UTC)
That's pretty much how my bag looks like. XD
16th-Aug-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I quite like that idea. Plus, good sewing job!
17th-Aug-2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! There are a few things I'd like to improve on first, but we'll see how it goes. Gotta find me some D-rings or some other wrapping method, like velcro?
17th-Aug-2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Mm yes. D rings and velcro would definitely work. They remind me of the make up brush holders, except for pens. Hehe
17th-Aug-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
My mum's got one from Mac and it is HUGE! I don't even have enough cosmetic brushes to fill this penholder.
16th-Aug-2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
It's a start though, you can only go up from here!
17th-Aug-2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Or down, knowing me... XD
17th-Aug-2009 01:44 am (UTC)
looks nice XD if u ever sell one i want one.... my fountain pens need something like this...
17th-Aug-2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I wanna improve it first, then maybe I'll make a few extras for selling. Gotta work out a better way to wrap the thing.
17th-Aug-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
all hail the sewing machine girl... :) that's an awesome project mel
17th-Aug-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Only cuz I'm too damn lazy (and crappy) to handsew everything.

And thanks! It's better than carrying my hugeass pencilcase.
17th-Aug-2009 06:15 am (UTC)
hei mel, i love what you did and i would love to have one made by you...and i am willing to pay for it! you have an awesome talent with the arts and crafts. i have a sewing machine at home but it's rotting...i can't sew for peanuts...lol. i failed home econ's back in school..lol...anyway, do let me know if you'd be interested in making them. :)))
17th-Aug-2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Heh, I'll improve it and then see if anyone is interested in them. I am already planning to do a blue scheme one and another in black.
18th-Aug-2009 01:19 am (UTC)
do let me know if you are going to start selling it, i would like one for the pens to carry to school and around, and one for my make up brushes.
18th-Aug-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Sure thing! You know I will. ;)
17th-Aug-2009 07:46 am (UTC)
I'm catching up - it looks good! The pen wrap looks ask though it was meant for brushes because it was meant for brushes - in the traditional sense. I can't get a clear look of how it looks wrapped - do you have a clearer pic? Btw, it's just IMHO that I don't think velcro would work because it might just rip the fabric. I like my cotoon one which is just working - only problem now is the edges of the fabric are fraying.
17th-Aug-2009 10:11 am (UTC)
Well, I guess it could be used for brushes too if the user wanted to. I might sew another for my paintbrushes actually.

And nup, I actually just wrap the ribbon round and round, but I expect it won't work if there are more pens. Maybe a button would work better than velcro?

How many pens do you carry around now?
18th-Aug-2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm... yeah.. the ribbon works for me because the fabric rolls around protectively. Also that it works.

Buttons, interesting never thought of that

I try to keep my pens to six
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