Back to School Pencil Case

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As a little starting school gift, I thought I would make Amelie a little stitched pencil case. I know she probably doesn’t need one yet, but still. I wanted to make it! So here it is. It didn’t take long, with a little evening stitching in front of the box.  I appliqued it with a yellow pencil and stitched her name on. I know, she will probably ditch it very quickly in favour of some Helly Kitty of Frozen crap, but she likes it at the moment!

You will need:

  • 5in x 9in pink outer fabric x 2
  • 5in x 9in matching lining fabric x 2
  • 5in x 9in thick fusible interfacing x 2
  • scrap of fusible webbing
  • scrap of co-ordinating yellow fabric
  • scrap of co-ordinating beige fabric
  • tailors chalk
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • 8in matching zip
  1. First to make the applique pencil, draw a template onto paper. Keep it basic – mine was a 2.5 x 1/3in rectangle and a 1/2in triangle for the nib. Use the templates to cut the yellow and beige fabric and fusible webbing. Line the pencil up on one of the outer pieces of fabric – fairly central with enough room to add the text. Iron in place to fix, then blanket stitch around the pencil.

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  1. For the embroidered name, use tailors chalk to write onto the fabric. Cut an arm’s length of thread and knot the end. Sew from the reverse in neat back stitch all along the name. Add a little yellow nib using satin stitch.

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3.follow the manufacturers instructions to fuse the interfacing to the two lining pieces.

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  1. Place one of the outer pieces face up. Put the zip on top, face down, with the top edges lined up. Lay a lining piece on top, right side down. Pin and sew together using the zipper foot on your machine. You will need to move the zipper out the way when you reach it.

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  1. place your 2nd piece of outer fabric on the table face up. Place the zipped piece on top with the unsewn edge of the zip lining up with the edge, as before. Place the lining fabric on top, face down. Sew as before. Confusing isn’t it. But it works… go with it.

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  1. See now? isn’t that exciting! Now open it all out and press both sides – being careful not to melt your zip. That would be annoying.

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  1. Fold along the zip so that the outer piece are facing each other and the lining pieces are on the outside. Pin along the bottom edge and sew with a 1/4 in allowance. Open the zip halfway, and sew the two side seams with a 1/4 in allowance. sew right up to the zip, making sure its pinched together. Trim the excess to 1/4in.

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  1. Turn out and press. voila!

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…and you’re ready for it to be stuffed with pencil crayons (and probably destroyed/lost/defaced within a week. So take a picture!).

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Tia x