My mother’s birthday gift request to me was for a new make-up case. She was very specific about it; even drawing me a picture with the dimensions and all! I choss the colorful bold flower fabric, that Mom would love.

There are oodles of free patterns online for diy makeup bags but I ended up choosing one for a kid’s pencil case that matched her desired measurements.

As I finished I realized the inside seam would be showing. Kind of a bummer but I used pinking shears to trim the raw edge and it did give it a nicer appearance, with no loose threads to unravel.  You can find tutorials that have a finished seam edge inside but what I liked about this case was the boxed corners (that apparently sacrificed an inner finished seam.)


Also, I wanted to also introduce my sewing companion, Bean. She is so content when the machine runs that sometimes I can’t tell which motor is making the loudest sound…purrrrrrrr. However don’t let the cute cuddly thing fool you. She can be such a handful sometimes that my boyfriend started calling her a schnickelfritz, and so hence her nickname “Schnickels” was born. Schnickelfritz is a Pennsylvania (PA) Dutch term of affection for mischievous or talkative children.  According to Urban Dictionary this term of endearment can also include the behaviors of a “ ‘rascal’ and ‘scamp’…yep, that’s her! Not to mention, precious and adorable!


When Bean is in full on “Schnickel mode” she will chew on all things paper in her path to get your attention; books, cardboard, tissues and in lieu of those; shoes and purse handles will do! She will meow, hiss, swat or bite to remind you that she is Queen Bean (another apt nickname). She tries to dominate her sister, Sara Cat, such a sweet girl who finds little recourse except with human intervention.  Alas, I love them to pieces and have ever since I got the two tiny kittens 14 years ago!

Sara & Bean
All grown up! Sara and Bean

Thank you for reading and sparkle on!!! ~Abbie


6 thoughts on “Bean&bag

  1. This is a cute make up case! It started me thinking about Christmas gifts and this would be a nice gift for some people on my list. Thanks for the tip about using a pencil case pattern! Isn’t it nice to have furry critters to keep you company when you sew! My universe is always complete when my dogs are in my sewing room with me.

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  2. My mother-in-law used to call my son schnickelfritz! Her family was from PA. Haven’t heard that word in a long time. Love when my cat keeps me company, too.


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