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Back to School Pencil Case

September 14, 2011

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For some reason I cannot fathom a useful tool has fallen by the wayside of late, the pencil case. I, myself, have stopped using them but no longer. I am tired of searching my purse, knitting bag and diaper bag for the elusive pen or pencil. I am sure that your school age children are no different. Who doesn't want a one stop shop for all their writing utensils, in an easy to tote package that can be identified by touch and grabbed with ease. I DO! So in honor of September and the Back to School Season, I have crafted an easy but super chic and fun lined pencil case. These pencils cases make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, September birthday party gifts and quick n' easy Christmas gifts. You can also whip one up to use as a clutch!

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All you will need is:

¼ yd of lightweight cotton in 2 colors or prints

One ½ in. button

One spool of coordinating thread.

Download your pattern here and get cracking. In no time you will have pencil cases for your kids, your purse and maybe even just a few for fun (makeup brushes, dry erase markers, crayons to go). 

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Laptop Modification:
Should you want to enlarge your pattern to fit your laptop, it is as easy as changing your measurements. The assembly remains the same. First find the length of your pattern piece by measuring around your laptop (wrap your measuring tape 1 & 1/2 times around your laptop); this is your length measurement. Next find the width by measure the width of your laptop plus the height of both sides. These measurements together equal the width of your pattern pieces. Cut 2 rectangles using the above length plus width (1 rectangle from your exterior fabric and one from your lining). Try sandwiching batting, felt or wool between the layers for extra protection. A matching pencil case and laptop case make great gifts for any student or new graduate. 

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