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Hey Guys! Who is ready for back to school? Yeah, me neither! However, I am spending some time this summer doing fun things to get ready for school in the fall like making this easy DIY pencil case with piping. My favorite part of back to school time, maybe the only good part about it, is the school supplies! If you are with me on that and want a personalized one of a kind pencil case, you should totally use this tutorial for an easy DIY pencil case with piping. I’ll even let you in on my secret of how to make piping the easiest way on the planet!
- 1/2 a yard of fabric
- a scrap of a coordinating fabric (preferably long and skinny
- fusible fleece
- Clover Wonder Clips
- Clover Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping
- Clover Bordeaux Ultimate Scissors 130
- a 9 inch zipper
- sewing machine and thread
Step One: Cut the fabric. You will need to cut two 3.5 inch circles and two rectangles measuring 4.75 inches by 9 inches from the main outer fabric, two strips of the accent fabric that are 1-3/8 inches wide and 8.5 inches long, and two 3.5 inch circles and two rectangles that are 4.25 inches by 9 inches from the fusible fleece.
Step Two: Iron the fusible fleece onto the center of the wrong side of the outer pieces, both rectangles and both circles.
Step Three: Place one of the outer pieces right side up and line the zipper, teeth side down, with the top edge. Use Wonder Clips to attach them.
Step Four: Using a zipper foot, sew as close to the zipper as you can all the way down the edge.
Step Five: Place the other outer piece right side up and place the zipper (that now has fabric attached) teeth side down aligning the two edges. Clip and sew them together just like before.
Step Six: Top stitch on both sides of the zipper.
Step Seven: Fold it at the zipper so that the right sides are together and sew down the bottom edge.
Step Eight: Place the Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping so that the cording part is in the center of the long piece of accent fabric and one of the sides are flush leaving __ of an overhang of fabric on the other end.
Step Nine: Wrap the fabric over the Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping and using the tip of the iron to press the seam allowance areas for 10 seconds. Do not press the cording. It may help to pin the layers to the ironing board.
Step Ten: Create slits along the raw edge of both pieces of piping. Also, create small slits around the raw edges on the sides of the tube of fabric from step seven.
Step Eleven: Clip the piping around the circle pieces lining the raw edges up with each other. When you get to where the ends meet, place the one end inside of the overhang of fabric from the other side. Create the tiniest fold to hide the raw edge. Sew around the circle as close to the piping as possible.
Step Twelve: Unzip the zipper about half way and with the tube wrong side out, place the circles right sides together at the ends and clip them together.
Step Thirteen: Sew around the circle edges and then flip it right side out to see your finished easy DIY pencil case with piping!
How stinking cute is it?! I love the slightly untraditional look of the cylinder shape and the pop of yellow that the piping adds. I used to be really intimidated by adding piping to projects and would leave it out even if I thought the project would look better with it, but now that I have discovered Clover’s Wrap ‘n Fuse, I want to add it on everything because it is so easy to do! Once you try it, I am sure that you will feel the same way!