Firstly, thank you so, so much for the warmth of your comments and emails in response to my last post - they were so much appreciated.
Inside is some of Rosalie Quinlan's lovely Grandmother's Flower Garden.
Last week Dinosaur-boy came home and said that many of the other children in his class have pencil cases (the school don't request that they take them in until next year, which is why I didn't automatically make one for him too). He said that he was happy to take in the one that I'd made him last year to use at home....but I love that 'new-term-fresh-stationery' feel so much myself that I wanted him to have something devoid of old pencil sharpenings.
Yesterday I shopped for new rulers and pencils for him in the morning and made the pencil case in the afternoon - yes, that's a self-indulgence to spend the whole day on a pencil case for one child...but I'm missing him during the day.
Inside is one of my favourite fabrics: it's sputnikky. I've added a velvet zip pull in dark charcoal for him too...good for stroking in the midst of a wobbly-bottom-lip maths moment. His name is also machine embroidered on the light grey section. My machine doesn't actually create the letters for me (as it's rather basic), but it's easy to write on fabric using a closed zigzag stitch in exactly the same way that you might go about applique - just write on the fabric with disappearing ink first - you can see a small sample of it in the second picture down at the top of this post.
Wishing you a happy Tuesday,