I had a chat with her lovely Year 2 teacher, and she thought it would be a great idea - so I designed a template for them, and came in to class at art time a few weeks ago.
We showed them some examples of my daughter's art already printed on fabric - and also a finished pencil case. We also explained the concept of a repeating pattern to them - and that I would take their little drawing, and repeat it over the fabric just like on their clothing!
The result - a bit of a designing and sewing marathon and 25 brilliantly colourful pencil cases!! They are made of a hardwearing canvas - which can be washed and should last the test of time...
We had them draw a larger design for a centre panel with their name on it - and a small design that would be used as the repeat. Even my 4 year old joined in - sitting very nicely with the "big kids" - and to my surprise having a go himself! He never usually participates in anything arty at kindergarten - so I was overjoyed to see him sitting with a drawing implement in his hand!
The class of 6 year olds were incredibly focussed on their work - and very excited that it would be turned into something they could use. This was my daughter Jessie's finished artwork - her Mermaid Princess:
With her "coordinate"...
And this is the finished pencil case - front and back
I was very very happy at the amount of detail that came through on the fabric - and the vibrancy of the colours we were able to reproduce.
My added bonus - little Mikey's one...will be keeping these both as little treasures I think :)
I have to say it was one of the most rewarding projects I've undertaken - the sheer delight from the kiddies when I returned a few weeks later with their sewn pencil cases was amazing! So worth the time I put into them :)
Year 2 is a great age to do them as a project too - they've settled in, can write and draw pretty well by now, but are still super excited to do something like this as an activity.
Here are my two kiddies with a photo Jessie's teacher emailed through from the day we handed them out at school - thank you Mrs Miller!
I want to say a BIG thank you to the lovely ladies in a Fabric forum I belong to - for helping to cover the costs of the fabric for the class. I had some spare blank space on the yardage I needed to order - so I offered some personalised pencil case panels up to them. They were snapped up very quickly - and I am very grateful to you all - THANK YOU!!!