Fabric Pencil Case

Happy July, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day celebration. For those of you who followed my No Dining Out adventure last month, I am happy to report that I only cheated … twice!  lol Okay, I wasn’t able to be perfect but I definitely reduced the monthly food spending significantly. I ended up spending about $150 altogether on food (including the dining out) so I know that I can go down to $100 with better planning next time. I wish I took pictures on all the homemade dishes … but I certainly will next time.

Now, with my weekend craft adventure. I’m super excited about my latest sewing project. I finally learned how to sew on a zipper using this wonderful tutorial by Twelve22, and made a fabric pencil case using the Liberty of London fabric.

My favorite part about this pencil case is the clip I attached inside, to keep my tiny VNP fob in place. I have been so afraid to play around with zippers for some reason but I’m glad that I decided to go for it. I can’t be happier with the case. I also like that it’s big enough that a pocket mirror and a lip gloss fit right in, along with pens and small post-its. I know I’m going to be carrying it around with me everywhere.

I think I’m now officially addicted to zippers. I have a feeling that I’m going to be sewing up all things zippers soon.  By the way, if you’re looking for great quality zippers, try K and C Supplies on Etsy.  I got mine here and I can’t be happier with the service and the products!

“Tween-y Bag” Tutorial: Part 3: Making the Lining

Welcome to “Tween-y Bag” Tutorial Part 3: Making the Lining! biggrin Now that you’ve completed the Front Panel of the bag, you’re ready to move on to making the Lining. As always, please read the introductory post, “Getting Started,” to find out important information before proceeding.

Here is the material list for the Lining:

• Two 14 inches x 12 pieces
• One 6 inches x 5 inches piece (for pocket)
• One label, optional

For the Lining, let’s begin by cutting two identical pieces – 12 inches by 14 inches. I selected the same Kona Cotton Spruce, the dark green fabric that I used for the part of the Front Panel. This bag is really a reversal bag, so if you want to take the time to repeat the same process for the Front Panel, you certainly can. I personally love the darker liner, so I’m going to go with this lovely dark Starbucks-esque green fabric.

You will sew on a pocket on to the Lining 1, but first, let’s make the actual pocket by cutting out a fabric that measure 6 inches x 5 inches.  If you have a personalized tag or label, this is the time for you to sew it on the pocket.  I purchased a personalized woven clothing labels from a place called Namemaker that specializes in personalized tags, ribbons, etc.  They are great.  If you sew frequently or enjoy making handmade gifts, I recommend that you invest in your own label.  It just makes everything you make that much more special.

Simply place the tag on the pocket and sew around it.

Next, sew the top edge of the pocket.  What I did here is I folded a small piece, about ¼ inch and folded the piece again before I sew the crease together.  This way, you don’t have little loose threads sticking out from the top of the pocket.  It’s worth it to take the extra step to do this as the end result looks will look much more professional.

After that, simply pin all sides down to secure the pocket to Lining 1, and sew around it.

Now, put two Lining panels together, with right sides facing each other. At this point, the side with a pocket should be hidden.

Pin three sides (the top will remain open) and sew them together.  The seam allowance is ½ inch.

Make sure to leave a little opening at the very bottom.  You’ll need this opening when you “flip” the bag inside out. If that makes no sense, don’t worry. It’ll all come together a little later. lol

Also, clip the bottom corners. This will make the corners look sharp when you turn the Lining over.

Iron the seams open on all three sides. . Turn over the panel, and iron again, making sure to iron the open sides carefully. Guess what? You’re all done with the Lining! YAY!

Great job! You just completed the Lining! Now, you’re ready to proceed to Part 4 of the tutorial, Making Bag Strap and Drawstrings! Yipee! 🙂

If you want to jump to other tutorial posts, here are the links:

Part 1: Getting Started
Part 2: Making the Front Panel
Part 4: Making the Bag Strap and Drawstrings
Part 5: Putting it all Together