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Summer is winding down in some areas and families are starting to buy all of their kids school supplies. I look at the lists and holy cow, there is a lot of stuff to buy for those tiny people we love. This month I thought I would share with you an Easy Pencil Case to make your kid’s school day a little more special. I know pencil cases don’t cost too much money, but wouldn’t it be great if they had a one of a kind case, fit to their tastes? I would have liked that when I was a kid.
Hello there! It’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas again, hoping to bring a little creativity to your day! I have two little grandsons, one is seven and one is five, and they love all things super heroes. I’m not kidding either. Those boys are obsessed. They might get it from my son, who at 23 is still very obsessed.
I was in the fabric store not to long ago and saw this fantastic fabric. It isn’t your typical super heroes fabric, but I had to get some for this project and another one I have in mind.
The first thing I did was cut two rectangles measuring 11 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. When you do this, be sure to pay attention to the pattern of the fabric. You want it to be upright the 11 1/2 inches side. After I cut the fabric, I did the same thing with some medium weight fusible interfacing. Then I ironed the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Next, iron the top edge of the fabric over 1/2 inch.
Attach one side of a 9 inch zipper to that folded edge and sew the zipper on. Repeat with the other piece of fabric, being sure that you are sewing the zipper to the wrong side of the fabric.
This is what it should look like with the zipper sewn on. Ignore that extra seam. I forgot to fold over the first edge before I put the zipper on. Some days I have to wonder about myself. Seriously.
After the zipper is on, unzip the zipper. Trust me on this. It makes it so much easier. Match up the right sides of the fabric and sew all the way around the other three sides. Trim the edges and turn it right side out.
This is the pencil case at this point and you can leave it just like this or you can add eyelets to make it a case that goes into a ringed binder.
If you want to add this to a binder, you can purchase a set like this at most fabric store.
Determine where you want the holes to be, depending on if you are making this for a two or three ringed binder. Trace the circle using one of the eyelets as a guide and then using your scissors, cut a circle hole for each eyelet. Attache the eyelets following the instructions on the back of the package. It does take quite a bit of strength to get them to stick together.
This is the finished pencil case. I’m going to make another one, so both of my grandsons have them. Doesn’t this look like so much more fun than the generic ones in the store? Plus, they will have a one of a kind case. That’s great for anyone!!
Good luck on your first day of school. My sister used to call me and sing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” on the first day of school every year. Now she home schools them so she sings it at the end of the year. Are you excited for the first day of school or are you dreading it?