recently i got to pattern test my friend Anna’s newest offering, the Road Trip Case! I decided to make the “Rainbow Loom” version for Em.
Em got a Rainbow Loom (affiliate link) from her aunt and uncle for Christmas, and immediately became obsessed. i helped her look up how-to videos on YouTube, we found this one, and she’d just play it on repeat while fishtail looming to her heart’s content.
it was actually kind of amazing how quickly she picked up on it – i wasn’t sure if she’d be too young, but she seemed to have zero trouble. like i’d leave the room, come back, and she’d have a bracelet “cast on” and well on its way. crafting must be in her blood. 😉
and of course, when a new hobby is started, there’s all sorts of new gear and a storage solution becomes necessary. that’s where the Road Trip Case comes in.
this was such a fun pattern to pick fabrics for! i went sort of “modern granny floral mashup” with it, mixing a fat quarter from heather ross’ briar rose (i got it at Bolt, you can get it here) with some pink kona solid, a vintage sheet from my stash, and some awesome purple floral bias tape that Jess gave me. it was a project for Em and only for her, so i just went with what i thought would make her happy.
the pattern instructs you to make a see-through vinyl pocket. i’d never sewn with vinyl before but it was super fun, not painful (just use scotch tape on your presser foot/the strike plate if it’s sticking), and the result is so cool. the zipper was pretty much the easiest zipper i’ve ever inserted, too.
there is an elastic loop for your hook, elasticized pockets for you loom(s), and the pattern includes an alternate option for flap pockets to use for more general art/craft supplies. i love the one Anna adapted to make into a travel sewing case – if it’s ever in the cards for me to go to one of those awesome sewing retreats that keeps popping up, you know i’ll be making a case for it!
i really enjoy small quilting projects like this – not sure if you can see it too well, but the case is quilted together and it gives it such a nice sturdiness and structure (much like my hospital bag, also a Noodlehead pattern). the pattern itself is great, too – Anna is great at listening to testers and an advanced beginner could definitely tackle it. it’s fun to bring all the components together for such a utilitarian (and cute!) case.
and of course it folds up all tidy too (i poached a few of Em’s mini elastic hair bands).
RAINBOW LOOM POWER.
get your Road Trip Case pattern over at Noodlehead and thanks for letting me test it for ya, Anna!
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P.S. Em’s star star dress is blogged HERE, and her hair is in braids because these photos happened to be taken the same day as THIS post!