I had an idea for a simple way to print onto fabric and I’ve been wanting to try it out and see if it works for ages (It did it did!) It’s just taken me so long trying to think of a word to print onto a pencil case that didn’t make me look like a bit of a kn*b. I’m not a fan of text on stuff as a rule. “Love” and “dream big” isn’t really my bag. But I haven’t managed it, I picked something equally kn*bby. “Imagine”. As in, “imagine all the things you could do if you stopped watching Made in Chelsea re-runs…”
You will need:
- 50cm x 30cm fake silver leather
- sticky back plastic
- white spray paint
- white acrylic paint
- thick marker pen
- sharp scissors
- 25cm pink zip
- zipper foot for your sewing machine
Cut 2 pieces of leather measuring 20cm x 14cm and 2 measuring 6cm x 3cm
1. Write your chosen text onto the plastic side of the sticky back plastic. Have a little practise first (as you can see from the pic I did!), then write it on quickly to get a real handwritten effect. Use sharp scissors to cut the text out in one go. Put the text to one side.
2. Peel off the backing on the plastic and place it in the centre of one of the pieces of leather. press it down well. Tuck scraps of paper under the edges of the plastic to cover any exposed fabric.
3. Spray the leather with paint, from directly above, and leave to dry.
4. Once dry, remove to reveal a perfect (hopefully!) relief print of your text. You can then add any dots using a paintbrush.
4. Take the two small pieces of leather and sew them onto each end of the zip, as shown in the pic. NB – if you find it hard to sew onto the leather, you can use a piece of parchment paper over the top of it to stop it from slipping.
5. Place the zip onto the long edge of one of the large leather pieces, right sides together with edges lined up. Pin in place and sew using your zipper foot, close to the teeth of the zip. You’ll need to wiggle the zip out the way at some point during sewing.
6. Repeat for the other piece of leather, sewing the zip (with other piece attached), right sides together along the edges. When you open it out it should look like this:
7. With right sides together and the zip OPEN (important unless you like unpicking…) pin the purse together. Squash the two ends of the zip together as shown – sewing over the zip is the trickiest bit of this project so be patient. Sew all the way around the bag, from one end of the zip to the other. Trim the eges.
8. Open out the bag, push out all the corners.
Et Voila! A super simple personalised pencil case.