Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We found this adorable DIY Pencil Case on Bekuh's blog, Secondhand Sundays, and had to share it!  She is a girl who shares many of our own passions... vintage-inspired style, home cooked meals and fun DIY crafts!  In honor of back to school, we wanted to share this adorable pencil case that you could make for your kids or for your purse!  You can upcycle old fabric you have laying around the house, or take a trip to the fabric store and find some pretty floral or geometric prints!



Step 1: Gather all of your supplies: two pieces of scrap fabric at least 10 inches wide, one 9 inch zipper, pompom ribbon (optional), ruler, pencil, iron, pins, needle and thread (I did this project by hand). You can find all of these supplies at your local fabric shop or craft store.


Step 2: Lay out your fabric on top of one another with the backside facing up. Measure across the top 9.5in, make a mark. Now measure 6.5in down one side of your fabric, and mark again. Using the pencil lightly draw out your 9.5x7in rectangle, and cut it out.


Step 3: Now, you'll want to layer your fabric so that the backs are touching and the print is facing outward on either side. This creates a pretty lining for your bag. Fold your fabric in half so that the print you want on the outside of the pencil case is folded in and your case lining is the fabric you see. Sew both of the short sides shut, leaving 1/4in seam allowance along the top for your zipper.


Step 4: I suggest before sewing in your zipper that you fold the bag right side out so you can get an idea of what it will look like, also to double check you didn't sew it together wrong (it happens). Iron down all of the sides so it lays extra flat. Fold inside out so the lining is showing before starting the next step.

Step 5: Next fold in your 1/4 inch seam allowance along the long side of the pencil case and iron down. Place the length of your zipper on the fold of one side so that the teeth are facing away from you. Make sure that the zipper teeth are tight to the fold and pin it in place. Sew one side of the zipper in place.


Step 6: Repeat step 5 on the other side of the pencil case. Note: I found it easier to unzip the zipper for the second side.


Step 7: Flip your case right side out, you've now completed the main portion of the pencil case. You can stop here, or if you're feeling extra crafty add some decorative ribbon like I did!


Step 8: Lay the ribbon out and measure the length of the bag, trimming it to size. Unzip the pencil case and sew in place along the zipper.


Step 9:  Repeat step 8 on the other side.


Step 10: You're done, grab your favorite pencils, pens, or markers, and fill your bag to capacity, I did.

We might make a few of these customizable bags soon and fill them with our favorite wood pencil sets!  See Bekuh's other creative DIY projects here!