We gave to the kids .....
.... a pencil wrap!
This tutorial was one of our most popular from last year so we just had to show it to you here again. This wrap goes everywhere with me - it's perfect for whipping our when we're out to dinner, waiting at the doctor's surgery or when we're stuck in traffic. The boys love it and the linen/cotton blend fabric it's made from is super-durable and kid-proof.
This tutorial can actually be used to make all sorts of projects. You could narrow the stitched lines to accommodate knitting needles, widen one and add a pad of paper alongside the pencils to create a whole travel artist's set, or make lots of little envelopes to safely house your jewellery when you're on the go. I'm sure there's an idea out there to personalise this tutorial to make the perfect gift for just about everyone!
You will need:
- 1 rectangle of fabric for the outside of your wrap
- 1 piece the same size as the above for the lining
- 1 piece of light to mid-weight fusible interfacing the same size as your lining
- 1 piece of fabric for the pocket
- a piece of binding or ribbon (we're using cotton twill) as long as the width of your wrap
- two buttons
- matching thread
- a soft pencil and or tailor's chalk if you have it
- something curvy to draw around (we're using a shot glass ... it was the only thing I could find the right size - honest!!)
1. At all four corners of your outer fabric draw a curved edge using your curved-edged-implement (that rolls off the tongue nicely!!!)
2. Repeat on all 4 corners of the lining fabric and the pocket fabric.
3. Iron your lightweight fusible interfacing onto the back of your lining fabric. Cut the curved corners to match the lining.
4. Lay the pocket fabric onto the lining fabric and measure the pocket to make sure that it will be the correct depth for your pens/pencils/knitting needles/etc, taking into consideration your seam allowance at the top and bottom (we used a standard 5/8 inch seam allowance). There will be no seam allowance at the top of the pocket (just the bottom) as this is where the binding will go.
5. Iron the binding in half and insert over the top edge of your pocket piece. Pin into place.
6. Sew the binding onto the top edge of the pocket piece, taking care that you sew close to the edge but catch both the back and front pieces of the binding as you sew so that you have a neat edge.
7. Now you need to form the actual pockets that will house your pens/pencils/knitting needles, etc. on your pocket piece. Measure and mark the bottom edge of your pocket piece with a pencil or tailor's chalk. We allowed 2.5cm per pencil....
8. ...and match up at the top. You could draw the whole line in to guarantee accuracy if you wish.
9. Pin your pocket piece to the lining fabric and then sew a straight line from the bottom mark to the top mark. Make sure you stitch securely at the bottom but particularly at the top. This area needs to be strong - think of all those pencils being pushed in and out by little unco-ordinated hands! Continue until all the pocket lines are complete.
10. So, the tops of your pockets should look like this ....
11. ... and the back, like this ...
12. Place your outer fabric piece on top of your pocket/lining piece faces together...
13. ... and pin all around the edges. You now have the pocket sandwiched inside the lining and outer pieces of fabric.
14. Sew around all around the edge using a 5/8inch seam allowance. Don't forget to make sure you leave a gap big enough to be able to turn your wrap the right way round! Secure at each end with a few reverse stiches.
15. Trim your seam allowance down around where you've stitched but not where the opening has been left. You need this extra fabric to make sure you can hand stitch this opening neatly later.
16. Snip into the curved edges (making sure you don't snip your seam!). This will help give a nice neat finish when you turn the wrap in the right way.
17. Turn your wrap in the right way, paying attention to the corners, then iron so it's nice and flat. Hand stitch the turning opening shut.
18. Sew two button holes close to one edge of your wrap, according to your machine's manual (or look up a handy tutorial on Youtube if you get stuck!)
19. Roll up your wrap and mark a spot through the button holes. Sew your buttons at these points.
20. Fill with lots of lovely pens/pencils/knitting needles, etc.
21. All that's left to do is wrap your wrap(!), place under the Christmas tree and await all the lovely compliments you'll get come Christmas morning.