Any Excuse Will Do

Do you have one? An excuse. I collect them almost as much as I collect fabric.

I really don’t need an excuse to use up my monstrous fabric hoard stash. I just like making stuff. And when I make stuff, I can then go out and get more fabric to hoard store until I find an excuse to make more stuff. It’s a circle of life type of thing. I find it very moving on both a philosophical and a competitive level.

Onward to the latest excuse: My sketchbooks. I have two. I keep one in my purse and one by my bed. (They are ugly 3.5″ x 5″ paper and cardboard things from Strathmore.) The one I’ve been carrying around in my purse is getting beat up. Also, I’ve been having a hard time finding my lead holder in my monster sized purse. And I’m constantly worried that it’s going to break.  So I decided to make a cover for the sketchbook that has a pencil holder attached. Here’s the result (click a picture to make it big).

The fish sketchbook cover. The finished size is about 4" x 6".

I love it. Here’s another view where you can see the lead holder/pencil holder.

The upsidedown fish sketchbook cover.

I love it so much I’m making another for the sketchbook by my bed when I get my Spoonflower fabric in. Here’s what it looks like open.

The open cover.

I love the green and blue wave pattern on the inside fabric. I think I bought it at Joann’s after making something else. The details are a little unclear, a common problem during a fabric purchasing frenzy.