Category Archives: Pencil Roll

Pencil rolls galore

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Have you succumbed to the latest fad yet – colouring books for adults? I stumbled upon this book the other day and couldn’t resist it: Fantastic Cities, by Canadian artist Steve McDonald. It’s brilliant! Here you can see some of the drawings in the book.


The pencil roll in the photo is the first one I ever made, back in 2009. I love making pencil rolls and have been on a bit of a roll lately (see what I did there?), making lots of them to add to my Etsy shop. Here are a few of my favourites:

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The New Zealand roll, made with two different quilting fabrics featuring black and white New Zealand prints – kiwi birds and ferns on the outside fabric, a Maori design on the inside fabric.

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The colourful Australian Birds roll

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Pencil roll made with Australian Aboriginal fabrics

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The Kombi Van pencil roll

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And last  but not least, the upycled pencil roll, made with fabric from a funky shirt found at the op shop:

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There are quite a few more; you can see all of them here in the shop. They make great presents for  friends who love colouring, are fun back to school gifts, and of course little ones love them too (for you could also use them for crayons, brushes, gel pens, textas, Sharpies…)

Have fun colouring!



On a roll


My kids’ school, Wooloowin State School in Brisbane’s inner north, has its annual fete on Sunday 15 September (which coincidentally is also my youngest son’s 7th birthday). They asked if I would like to have a stall at the fete and of course I said yes! I have been busy making small items for the fete and am especially enjoying making pencil rolls.

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I went through my fairly extensive fabric stash looking for fabrics that would make a nice pencil roll and found quite a few!

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I have been making some more stuff for the fete – will show it in the next few days.

Take care,