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Easy Pencil Case Wrap

For Christmas my little man got his very own table and chairs from his Nanny and Grandad. It features pirates and he loves it. When he came down on Christmas morning the first thing he did was pull up a chair. When I got this delivery of pirate fabric I knew I needed something making for him. It took me ages to work out what, he has loads of cushions, a tent, bean bag. I put out an inspiration plea on Facebook and the idea of a pencil case came up. Perfect!

I made two attempts at this. The first attempt I was guilty of over thinking and it was rubbish. I learnt from my mistakes and my second attempt was super easy. I made it, including working out the sizes, in an hour so it I am sure you can do it within an hour.


You will need:

- Fat quarter of main fabric

- Fat quarter of contrasting fabric

- 80cm ribbon

- Heavy interfacing

- Thread

- Iron

- Sewing machine

- Scissors

- Fabric marker

- Thread


Step 1

Start by cutting out your fabric. For my main fabric I used the pirate ships fabric. Click on the supplies image above to take you to the fabric. I used some dark navy blue cotton for the contrast inside.

Main Fabric - 2 pieces 24x32cm and 12x32cm

Contrast - 2 pieces 24x32cm and 12x32cm

Interfacing - 1 piece 24x32cm

Step 2

Place your smaller 12x32cm pieces right sides together and sew along the top. I have used a 1cm seam allowance all the way through (mainly to make the maths easier!).

Step 3

Press open and fold over so the right sides are on the outside and press.

Step 4

Mark out the sewing lines for the pockets. I used a fabric marker that rubs off when damp but you can use chalk too. I measured 4cm from each end and then 3cm gaps in between.

Step 5

Layer up in this order - interfacing, large contrast piece, the smaller piece you have just sewn.

Step 6

I used a contrasting red thread to sew the pencil pockets. Start from the edge of the fabric and stop at the end of the main fabric and back stitch to secure it. Repeat across, 9 in total for 10 pockets.

Step 7

Fold your ribbon in half, pin it to the short edge of the piece you have just sewn, place the last bit of main fabric on top, right sides together, pin in place and sew around all 4 sides, leaving a small gap to turn it out and back stitching over the ribbon so it is extra secure.

Step 8

Clip your corners and turn to the right way. You will need something pointy like a knitting needle to push out the corners, press.

Step 9

Top stitch close to the edge and you are done!

Your pencil case is now complete!

Made by Katie at The Fabric Squirrel for The Craft Cotton Company 2018

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