Crafts are an activity that a parent and child can do together, particularly during the holidays. Making an item that can be taken back to school and shown to friends may even help a child look forward to returning. A case for carrying around pens and pencils is useful, and personalising it can be a form of self-expression. Encouraging children to make items they can use will enhance their creativity and provide a sense of achievement.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- A4 label paper
- Craft glue
- Small self-adhesive Velcro tab
- Tape measure
- 8-inch zipper
- Sewing machine
Cut a piece of the fabric measuring 10 inches by 13 inches. Lay it on a flat surface with the side you want to show on the pencil case facing down.
Remove the backing of the label paper and place the sheet on top of the other side of the fabric. Press firmly and smooth it out so it sticks securely.
Trim off the excess fabric, then fold in half lengthwise so there is a crease running down the centre. Cut along it to create two equal-sized pieces.
Snip off the bottom corners of each piece and discard the four small triangle shapes. Fold over the edges on both pieces about 1/2-inch all the way round and glue down. Then fold the bottom "envelope" flap upward and glue.
Cut 1 1/2 inches from the top of one of the pieces and fold the edge over 1/4 inch and glue. This will be the front of the pencil case. Fold and stick the top edge of the larger piece over 1/4 inch. This will be the back of the case.
Put the front piece on top of the back, with the side of the fabric you don't want to show held together, and glue sparingly along the edges with the craft glue. Press firmly so the glue sticks.
Fold the back excess piece over to create the front fastening flap. Secure the Velcro tab on the underside of the flap, making sure the corresponding piece lines up on the front of the case.
No-Sewing Pencil Case
Cut three pieces of the fabric, two pieces at 8 inches by 5 1/2 inches and the third one 8 inches by 2 inches. These will be pieces A, B and C. Fold over and iron the top of piece A to create a 1/4-inch seam. Do the same with piece C.
Place the seam edge of piece A on top of the zipper, close to the teeth and stitch in place. Lay the seam side of piece C along the other side of the zipper and sew.
Undo the zipper and vertically stitch fabric to zipper down the opening ends to ensure it stays in place.
Place piece B on top of pieces A and C, with side of the fabric you want to show held together and sew along all the edges. Cut off the excess 2 inches of fabric at the bottom. Turn the case right side out and the zipper opening will be on the front of the case.
Simple-Sew Pencil Case
Tips and warnings
- You may want to add embellishments to the case such as bows, buttons, rhinestones, sequins or feathers.
- Instead of fabric, try other materials such as foam, denim, vinyl, PVC or felt.
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