New Pencil Cases

It’s already the second term of school so it’s kind of late to make this now :) This is more of a back to school project and something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. R’s last pencil case (also hand made) is already grubby and dirty. It’s still holding up well but I made it a little too small length wise and she has to struggle sometimes to get her pencils out.

Alright,  I don’t really need an excuse to make anything for the girls. But I found this pencil case tutorial from Glue Gun Annie  which was really easy and I made two!

I used fabrics bought from my last trip to Japan. The one on the left has a ballet theme, the one on the right is from November books by Push Pin. R chose it because she loves mermaids. It was on clearance for 300 Yen/m!

R originally wanted a light pink lining. But seeing what she did to her last pencil case, it would turn grubby in a couple of days. So I convinced her to use a more practical fabric :) This was taken last night. Sewing in her name label inside the pencil case.

Close up of the handmade label which Shelley and I found at the textile centre. It’s from a roll of printed linen ribbon with a few varying designs on the same roll.

I used a zipper from Daiso. It’s about 1 yard long and comes with 3 heart shape zipper pulls. That’s 3 different pencil cases with a $2 zip! Will be making one for myself next!

I love the boxy structure of the pencil case. And the zips pulled down halfway to the side means easy access for everything in it. Love it!

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  • March 30, 2012 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Yay, they look so cute!! I’m glad the tutorial was easy to follow. :-)

    • Cotton Candy
      April 11, 2012 - 9:31 am | Permalink

      Thanks Annie for the tutorial! I received lots of compliments on the pencil cases. :)

  • April 11, 2012 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    Hihi, I came by this blog from your free sewing pattern blog, which in turn was featured on How About Orange today. Love your blog and the items you make!

    • Cotton Candy
      April 11, 2012 - 10:28 am | Permalink

      Hi Gin! Thanks for letting me know :) Gotta go check it out now. Thanks for liking my stuff too :)

  • Min
    April 25, 2012 - 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi, which textile centre did you get the label? It’s so cute!! How to get the name label too? Thanks for your answers:)

    • Cotton Candy
      April 25, 2012 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Min, I bought it from Sin Mui Heng which is on the ground floor of the textile centre at Sultan Rd. They have a map on their website You can buy it by the metre or the entire roll. There are other designs too!

      Oh and for the nametag, it was a iron on name tag tape that I bought from Daiso. Meant for writing on with a marker, but I used alphabet rubber stamps with a fabric stamp pad, and I sewed it on instead of iron on as I find the iron on patches tend to fall off after a while.

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  • Trini
    December 15, 2012 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey is the pencil cases for sale? Please email me!

    • Cotton Candy
      January 2, 2013 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Trini, Sorry they are not for sale at the moment. If I find time to “go into production” I might set up an Etsy store to sell them.

  • Katie
    July 15, 2013 - 6:47 am | Permalink

    This looks so cool i would love to try it where is the tutorial could someone send me a link

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