I've never been what you might call "athletic." I blame it on the fact that I didn't get glasses until the 5th grade and, as such, my hand eye coordination is, by my approximation, lower than average. However, this past summer, some of the women in my neighborhood started up a pickleball group and I LOVE IT!
If you haven't played before, it's kind of like tennis and ping-pong had a baby. It's easy to learn and so much fun to play, even for us not so athletically inclined folks.
Some of the women in my neighborhood have courts in their backyards so I found myself walking to pickleball a few nights every week trying to carry my water bottle, phone, keys, pickleball paddle, and a couple balls. I was a sight, I'm sure. Something had to give and I needed a cute solution!
I've been wanting to give bag making a try and so I thought, why not jump in with both feet and design a quilted pickleball case?! The result is the Wardle Case! I had so much fun figuring this pattern out and I couldn't be more proud of the result.
I had the opportunity to collaborate on this project with Katie O'Shea, a fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics for the launch of her new line Tomales Bay. She generously provided the fabrics for the cases on the cover of my pattern.
This pattern is a great foray into bag making for the confident beginner sewist--it was my first one, too, so I promise you can do it! The construction is very straightforward with clear instructions and diagrams to help you be successful. You'll learn how to tackle a zipper entry, bound seams, and an adjustable strap.
I hope you love making this pattern as much as I loved designing it!
You can get the pattern HERE!