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How to Make a Personalized Pencil Case

This colorful personalized pencil case is personalized with a die-cut vinyl monogram just in time for back-to-school. A perfect customized pencil pouch to hold all of their supplies!
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Hi, Friends! I’m here today with a quick and easy project for you that’s just perfect for back-to-school – a personalized pencil case made using my die-cut machine and vinyl! Even better, I’m teaming up some super talent for this month’s Silhouette Creators challenge – so be sure to check out the links at the bottom for other great back-to-school ideas!

Personalized Pencil Case with Vinyl Monogram

Ugh! I know! I said back to school! It seems I blinked, and it’s here already. I can’t believe how fast the summer went by! In another few weeks, my kiddos will be heading back, and I think some of yours may already be back, which means it’s possible you may be kicking back with a coffee breathing a sigh of relief for the much-needed break or wiping away the tears for their first day of school – maybe ever. Either way, I send you either a high-five or a hug and a tissue or maybe both!

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Personalised Pencil Pouch

I happened to be perusing the dollar store aisles for some back to school water bottles the other day – I just love a dollar store craft, don’t you? – When I came across this unbelievably cute pencil case. My daughters are in Middle school so we won’t be getting supplies until fee day, but I just couldn’t resist! I loved the pattern and the colors and thought it would be even better with a touch of personalization. Who wouldn’t like a monogrammed pencil case, even if it meant going back to school?

Supplies

Here’s what you will need for this project:
* A Die-cut machine – I love my Cricut. Find out why here!
* A pencil case of your choice
* A monogram pattern
I purchased my monogram pattern from the Silhouette store. In case you aren’t familiar, the order of letters when creating a monogram is first name, last name, middle name for an individual.
To create the monogram in Silhouette Studio, just select add text from the tools bar and select your monogram font, type in your initials, with the middle initial in caps – this will create the circle around the monogram which you can choose to include in your design.
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Once your design is ready, go ahead and cut it out. I’ve written about how to cut vinyl and adhere it in the past – for more information you can check here.
Then, it’s time to adhere the design to the case. I found it easiest to use transfer paper for adding the monogram to the pencil case.
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Add a few fun pencils and you’re done! Just like that!
But wait! There’s more! Thank you to Cat of Pocketful of Posies for pulling together this month’s Back-to-School Challenge for the Silhouette Creators! Such cute ideas – follow the links below for more info on each project.
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Rachel Teodoro – Back to School First Day Chalkboard

Morena’s Corner – Custom Shopkins Stamp Tutorial: For Labeling School Supplies

Pocketful of Posies – DIY Weekly and Daily Activity Organizers

Knock It Off Kim – Personalized School Supply Case

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Pin: Personalized School Supply Case

 

DIY Personalized Pencil Box
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How to Make Cute Fabric Bags with See-through Windows

These cute fabric bags are a great way to keep your collections together and make it simple to see what’s inside! They are a quick project, just perfect for toys and nearly anything else! 

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January is ALL about organizing. Every year, I pick one or two areas to tackle. This year, it’s all about toys!

I’m OCD about Toys

When it comes to toy organization, I like organized sets and have been known to sort toys by the hour, on a bi-monthly basis, all the while muttering “I’m never going to let it get this disorganized again!” It’s a sickness really, given that it ends up just as disorganized by the end of the day! To me, there is nothing worse than going to play with a farm set and only having a pig, one piece of the fence, and perhaps a farmer’s hat – without the farmer.

As a result, I’m always looking for easy ways to keep collections together. Once together, I want those toys stored in ways that make them easy to identify, without having to dump the entire container out – a favorite pastime of my youngest.

These cute little bags are a score on both counts and are so, so easy to make. Although I’ve used them to store toys, the uses for them are endless. Don’t you believe me? Just watch. You’ll see!

How to Make Fabric Bags with a Peek-a-Boo Window

For this project you will need:
Fabric of your choice
Contrasting fabric for drawstring pocket
twine or twill tape for drawstring
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread
Clear Vinyl

 Cut out the bag

My finished bag size is approximately 14″ x 14″. I began by cutting two pieces of fabric, with right sides together, approximately 16″ x 16″.
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Cut two pieces, in a coordinating fabric, measuring 14.5″ wide x 4″ long to be used as the drawstring pocket. Also, cut two pieces of cord (to be used as the drawstring pulley) at 18″ long each. Put these aside. Ignore my nasty, dry hand.

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Fold one of the fabric pieces in half width-wise (from top to bottom) and cut a “window” on the fold of your fabric, ensuring there are at least 3″ on all outside edges.

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Using this cut out as your guide, cut one piece of vinyl at least 1.5″ larger on all sides. Put aside.

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On each of the four corners of your “window,” cut into the corner diagonally by 1/2″.

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Press edges and Pin vinyl Window

 Press the top edge down  1″, on both the front and back pieces of the bag. Turn the front piece (the one with the window) over and press the 1/2″ edge of the window sides flat on all four edges.

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On each end of the drawstring pocket, press the side edges in by 1/4″ on each end, and the long edges in by 1/2″ on each side.

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Pin the vinyl to the pressed edge of the window, on the backside of the front piece, ensuring the vinyl overhangs evenly on all four sides. Turn over the front piece.

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 Pin the right side of the drawstring pocket approximately 1/2″ from the top. Repeat for the back.

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 Assemble Bag

Stitch close to the edge on the top of the bag and the vinyl on the front side of the fabric.

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For the back, stitch close to the top edge.
On drawstring pocket, stitch close to both top and bottom edges, leaving a minimum 1″ pocket on both the front and back of the bag.
With right sides together, stitch the front of the bag to the back on three sides, leaving the top open. Turn and press.

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Thread one of the drawstring cords through each drawstring pocket, and secure each edge with a knot.

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You have a completed bag!

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There are a million uses for these. I hope you can find a place for one!

 

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