back to school pencil cases
What you'll need:
- cotton canvas
- contrasting thread
- grommets (and a grommet setter)
- some art
1) Cut your pieces.
Canvas: 5" x 8"
Vinyl: 8" x 10", then fold in half
Velcro: 7.5" x 1/2" (I cut a 1" width in half the long way)
Canvas strip: 1" x 8", the press in half long wise
note: I find pins get in the way, so I am just careful and sew this together without them.
3) Topstitch along the perimeter of the canvas strip with a small zig zag, being sure to grab the velcro into the stitch.
4) Sew the velco onto an 8" side of the backing canvas in the same manner, then press the velco sides together so they are secure.
Using a zig zag stitch and starting at an edge with velco, sew around the three raw sides of the pouch. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end.
Set your machine to a straight stretch stitch (it's a utility stitch that goes forward twice, back once, forward twice, etc.)It makes a nice bold line. Stitch right along the edge of the zig zag on the first side, about 3/4" from the closed 8" edge (this will allow space for grommets, and then back up along the edge of the zig zag on the other side. This reinforced line will make it so pencil tips don't get stuck in the zig zag stitching. The zig zag makes it unnecessary to hem, which, as you might already know, I am all about avoiding.
6) Add grommets following the manufacturers directions. They are very easy to do and the whole kit for setting them costs only a few dollars. You will need a hammer. Don't be scared off. You'll want to find loads of ways to use them because they are really quite handy.
The kids loved them and everyone got their favorite animal. We filled them with paper covered pencils (made by Ava), japanese erasers (of course), and little paper wind spinners that had their names stamped on them (Ava made them with a circle paper punch and stamps and then we sewed them together in the blink of an eye).