Maddie’s Birthday Present

Ever since we got the birthday invite, I’ve been obsessing about how to put this present together. 


Next time I’ll center the initial better so that the button looks more like a period.  And, I’ll make the crayon pockets wider so it doesn’t pucker so much.  Here’s the inside – Twistables and a drawing pad:


 And the back:


I had SO much fun figuring this out, almost as fun as making my first purse!  So help me out – what is this thing called?  A drawing case?

And now I want to make more – I’m feeling myself slipping into Christmas present mode which means that all other projects fall to the bottom of the list.  Oh no . . . . I’m slipping . . . . slipping . . . . help!

Thanks to Kimberly for teaching me how to make a cord out of yarn and Karyn for telling me about fabric-covered buttons.  Thanks go here for the circle inspiration.  And to Ashley who’s pictures of her dpn case inspired me to make a similar project for crayons.  Would I have any inspiration by myself?  I think not.  You blogging ladies (all of you!) stretch my brain and force me to be creative.  Thank you!

The Little Artist Drawing Case pattern is available here.

35 Responses to “Maddie’s Birthday Present”

  1. 1 essieandeisbar November 10, 2006 at 10:48 am

    EXCELLENT!!! I love it! You’ll have to tell me what you did…my neice is an avid artista. I would call it a drawing case, or a sketch pad cover..or art on the go!


  2. 2 kirsten November 10, 2006 at 11:30 am

    that turned out great! i love the M font. did you cover the button on the front with fabric?
    gorgeous – that will be a big hit.
    (i know, Christmas is sneaking up on me, too!)

  3. 3 sueb November 10, 2006 at 11:36 am

    wow, nicely done! I think for a child gift a “drawing case” or “art case” is perfect. Put in some grown up watercolor pencils and a sketchpad and it becomes a “sketch portfolio”. but whatever you call it, I like it!

  4. 4 Stacy November 10, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    I love this gift! She is definitely going to love this present!

  5. 5 rebecca November 10, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    I did a double take, for I thought that you meant my Maddy……but her b-day isn’t for a while, and haven’t sent any invites, but that is the kind of gift right up her ally!!!! That is such a sweet and thoughtful present that I can’t imagine anyone of any age not just adoring it! I absolutely LOVE the colors, and is that a polymer button I see………

  6. 6 lera November 10, 2006 at 12:49 pm

    Love the drawing case! The dotted fabric is adorable.

    You do such nice work, Linda!!!!

  7. 7 Tami November 10, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    You’ve just got to do a tutorial on this! Please?

  8. 8 deb November 10, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Linda! I love everything about this especially the stitched circles and monogram! Great job!

  9. 9 Karyn November 10, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Wow…that is awesome! I sure wish I had one of those when I was little. The recipient will LOVE this!

  10. 10 Monica November 10, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    M for Monica? :o) That is one lucky M kiddie who’s going to get that. It’s beautiful Linda!

  11. 11 Jessica November 10, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    it looks awesome! i tried making a pencil roll, but it was a disaster!

  12. 12 Debbie November 10, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    Awwww, love that. Great design all the way around. Very clever with the circles and her initial is so important! to a little one.

    Another idea of yours I’ll keep on the back burner.

  13. 13 Cindi November 10, 2006 at 2:30 pm

    I love that! I have an M who loves to draw! I went to Kimberly’s blog looking for the instructions on how to make cord out of yarn, but I couldn’t find them. Can you help me find them? Or maybe you could do a tutorial?

  14. 14 Elizabeth K November 10, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    I saw a terrific bag at the Houston Quilt show last weekend that made me think of you. It was a little tote bag and on the outside were individual pockets for crayons. Perfect for taking to church or a restaurant to keep kids quiet & occupied. Makes me wish I knew some little kids to sew some for.

  15. 15 Randi November 10, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    Adorable drawing case! My daughters b-day is two weeks away and I may have to make one of these for her–she loves to draw and do crafts.

    PLEASE don’t remind me that Christmas is just around the corner–i feel so behind! 😉

  16. 16 Ashley November 10, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, that is darling. I’m glad my case was inspirational–but honestly you took a pretty basic idea on my part and turned it into something totally imaginative and wonderful. What a great gift–I’d have loved to get that as a kid!

  17. 17 Lori November 10, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    That is so cute, a wonderful birthday present.

  18. 18 randomcontemplations November 10, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Okay, now I can’t go to Maddie’s party, your gift is waaaay cuter than whatever I can get. You’ll have to explain to Maddie why her friend “Gosh” couldn’t be there for me okay? 🙂 I predict Maddie will have that at church doodling one day soon.

    That is sooooooooooooooo sooooooooooo cute!!! I just love it. If we get Miss V. I will have to get one of those for her!

    I love your creativity!

  19. 19 meg November 10, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Linda, that came out so cute! I need to make a cover for a sketchbook gift, so I might be giving you a shout for help. As for the name, I’ve been trying to twist the phrase “artist on the go” into something catchy. Maybe you’ll have better luck. :0)

  20. 20 Wendi November 10, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    I love it! That is a great gift idea!

  21. 21 Joanna November 10, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    It’s very cute.
    p.s. You forgot to thank me!!!!

  22. 22 Kimberly November 11, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Oh I love it!! Isn’t that what blogging is all about-gathering ideas from other blogger’s creations to create something of your own? Perfect!!! Big hugs!!

  23. 23 Kimberly November 11, 2006 at 12:33 am

    Oh and your could call it a travel art case. I love art on the go that someone else said.

  24. 24 Christina November 11, 2006 at 9:17 am

    What a lovely gift! Very sweet and very nice! Lovely!

  25. 25 Angie November 12, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Wow this is clever! How did you get the paper pad to stick in?

  26. 26 Lauri November 12, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve been thinking about making something like this for Christmas gifts…and I absolutely LOVE the way you made the cover! She’ll love it!

  27. 27 lizzie November 13, 2006 at 10:06 am

    ooh…ahh… I love it when you come up with new creations. This one is great! “M” is a lucky little artist!

  28. 28 capello November 13, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    oh wow. that is awesome!

  29. 29 pepsigirl November 14, 2006 at 9:24 am

    Love it! I want to make one for my daughter. Shoot, I want to make one for me!

  30. 30 vicki November 14, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    I LOVE this!!!! I made my daughter a pencil roll for her art pencils but she would absolutely flip for this. I MUST make one for her for Christmas. You wouldn’t be willing to do a tutorial would ya?

  31. 31 denice November 15, 2006 at 1:39 am

    Wow, this is too cute — nice job!

  32. 32 mary November 19, 2006 at 1:59 am

    I have to tell all you gals that the pictures just didn’t do justice to the gift. And, yes, Maddie does love it. Even though it wasn’t Dora, she spent a lot of time with it today. She understands getting the crayons in and out of their spots, and had to try all the colors. (She hasn’t had crayons like this before.) And, of course, she didn’t care where that M was located on the front! It was there!
    I’m one happy Nana who will get to enjoy Maddie enjoying this present, and we can take it on the airplane to go say goodbye to her Grandma (who is her great-grandma, actually). Thanks!

  33. 33 robinw November 20, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    Am I too old for a drawing case like this one? I love it!!!

  34. 34 Maddie November 22, 2006 at 12:51 am

    Thank you for this great present! I only opened this and one other present all afternoon – it was so much fun to color. Then I got to bring it to church and share it with three other kids. And my Mom let me take it to Starbucks last night too! I’m going on a trip this week and get to bring it along. My Mom says I’ll need more paper by then. And she also says my Dad needs to stop drawing in it. 🙂
    Thanks again…. hey everybody, it’s the greatest present!

  35. 35 susan sobon November 23, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    ooooh yes you must post a tutorial for this. i have a 13 yr that loves to draw that would love this. oh i am just picturing making so many of these!!! please say you will do a tute!!!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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