Back in November my friend Rachel said that she would like to commission me to make a drum stick case as part of her eldest daughter’s Christmas gift.
Once she had bought the new sticks she came round to talk about what she wanted. We pulled fabric, choosing some Amy Butler home decor weight for the outside (Water Lotus Spinach) and inside flap (Water Lotus Ivory), for the pockets we chose Cuzco (peacock prints in fuschia). The other interior fabric was supplied by Rachel, she’d searched online to see if there was a fabric with the same name as her daughter and had bought a fat quarter of Mia in Pink by Tilda!
Mia had an idea of what she wanted for her sticks and Rachel brought a couple of drawings which I used as a starting point along with the pencil roll pattern that I have in my head.
Rachel left the sticks with me as I knew from experience it is much easier to have the items to hand to check the fit as I sew.
I started sewing on the Monday morning and had finished by late afternoon, the day also included picking up my son from preschool and the girls from school and the usual household chores so all in all it was quite a quick job. I don’t think Rachel could quite believe it was done so quick but when I have a job to do I treat it as a priority and have to get it done!
I made 5 pockets as requested, enough for 5 pairs of sticks or other drum things that I can’t remember the name of!
The case rolls up and ties wrap around to keep it closed. I lined it with quilt batting to give it some stability and give some protection if dropped.
Mia also asked for a loop to hang the case on while she is playing:
As with most commissions I take on it was fun to make and lovely to work alongside someone who takes pleasure in choosing fabric too!