La pencil case

Apart from the pleasure of making things that go in your belly, I may enjoy making handmade presents even more. I mean, two fat quarters, a zip and some embroidery thread and voila you have a pencil case! If you’ve never done embroidery, please go online and get yourself a tutorial, it’s really not that hard and extremely satisfactory. Or you could just make the pencil case, which is completely satisfactory also and is as good as any puzzle your going to get your head around.
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you will need
28cm square outer fabric
28cm square of lining
9in zip
Embroidery threads
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to make
Embroider your design onto the fabric using an embroidery hoop.
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Lay the outer fabric face up, the zip face down on top and the lining face down also. Sew as close to the zip as your foot will allow, with the needle over in the left position.(I didn’t use a zipper foot)
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Open out to look like this.
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Now fold the lining back on itself, right sides together and do the same with the outer fabric on top, with the other side of the zip in the middle. Sew as before.
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It should look like this.
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Turn it the right way around and iron the zip flat with a cloth over it to protect it.
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Turn it with the lining on the outside and open the zip halfway.

Now turn it inside out with the outer fabric facing itself and the lining facing itself. Make sure the zip is open halfway and also facing down into the lining.
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Sew down one side completely from outer fabric to lining. On the other side sew the outer fabric together and only half way down the lining.
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Through the hole left, push the fabric through and turn completely out so the right sides of the material are showing.
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Sew by hand the remaining couple of inches in the lining and turn the pencil case the right way out and iron. Voila, la pencil case!
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