Perfectly Placed Pencil Case

Perfectly Placed Pencil Case

Looking for some inspiration to keep the kids busy this school holidays? Perfect for indoor weather, you can sew this project together. You then have a great case to keep your kids colouring-in, doodles or a hangman game for those holiday road trips!

Shopping List

  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric (outer fabric)
  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric (lining)
  • 1 yard ribbon and matching button
  • All-purpose thread to match fabric
  • Machine embroidery thread (contrasting colour)
  • Ruler, mat and rotary cutter or scissors
  • Point turner, letter opener or chopstick
  • Straight pins
  • Water soluble marking pen or chalk

Fabric Preparation:

  1. Using the ruler, rotary cutter and the mat, cut a 17” x 20” rectangle from the outer fabric, lining and interfacing. Please note: a larger or smaller rectangle may be used to change the finished size of the organizer.
  2. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

At The Machine

  1. Thread the sewing machine with the all-purpose thread top and bobbin.
  2. Using the water soluble marker, mark a line on the left edge of the outer fabric piece, about 9” up from the bottom.
Perfectly Placed Pencil Case diagram_1
  1. Fold the ribbon in half, and pin the folded edge of the ribbon to the outer fabric at the mark, having the fold of the ribbon even with the raw edge of the fabric.
  2. Stitch the ribbon in place using a ½” seam.
  3. With right sides together and raw edges even, pin the outer fabric to the lining.
  4. Sew the lining and the outer fabric together using a ½” seam and leaving a 5” opening for turning. Please note: be careful to not catch the ribbon in the seam while sewing.
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    1. To eliminate bulk, trim away excess fabric at the corners.
    2. Turn the fabric to the right side out through the opening. Use the point turner to carefully push out the fabric at the corners.
    3. Press the fabric, enclosing the seams at the opening.
    4. Topstitch closely along the bottom edge.
    5. To form the pocket, fold up 5” from lower edge. Press and pin the sides in place.
    Perfectly Placed Pencil Case diagram_3
    1. To close pocket edges, begin stitching, starting at the lower left corner. Continue to sew up the side, across the top and down the right side to the lower right corner, keeping the stitching close to the edge of the fabric.
    2. It’s now time to determine what you would like to use your “roll-up organizer” for and create the desired individual pocket sizes. Use the water soluble marker and ruler to mark stitching lines.
    Perfectly Placed Pencil Case diagram_4
    1. Thread the machine with the machine embroidery thread in the top and bobbin. Snap on the satin stitch foot. Select a decorative stitch. The diamond stitch was used in this example. Begin stitching at the bottom edge and stitch along the lines to the upper edge of the pocket, reinforcing the beginning and ending of the seam by taking a few reverse stitches. Trim away excess threads. Spritz with water to remove any of the remaining markings. Press.
    2. Using your button foot, sew a button to complete the fastening onto the front of the organizer.
    Perfectly Placed Pencil Case tip
    1. Fill the organizer with the things you want to organize. To help prevent items from falling out, the top edge may be folded down and stitched in place along the sides. Roll and tie ribbon around the organizer.