Friday, August 22, 2014


If you had a chance to go to craftytammie this morning you will see that she posted this tutorial for me.  
I have these two cute Laminated Pencil Cases that do not have a home.  
I am giving these away.
Make a comment here on what Back to School projects you like to sew.
I will be drawing two winners on Tuesday the 26th of August.  

Laminated Pencil Cases (In two sizes)
Finished Size 11 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches and 7 1/2 by 4/1/2 inches
This project takes about one hour each to complete.  Just before starting to sew I changed zipper colors on the small case.  I decided I liked the yellow zipper better than the navy, and then decided I wanted to try a longer pencil case as well with the white zipper.   
Materials needed:
One piece of laminate fabric for each case
One zipper 14 inches at least for each case
One laminate measure tape (you will cut approximately 6 inches of the tape for the pencil case handle)  I received this one free.  You can use ribbon instead if you prefer not to cut up you measure tape.
Time needed:
Approximately one hour sewing time for each
Cut your laminate fabric 8 inches by 8 1/2 inches, for the small case and 12 by 9 1/2 for the longer case.  Other than size differences the directions are the same.
On the right side of the laminate lay you zipper down with right sides together on the longer length measurement.  Leave excess zipper on both side, which will eventually be cut off.  Sew with a zipper foot fairly close to the zipper's plastic teeth. 
Fold back laminate and stitch down through laminate and zipper, be sure to sew through the zipper's tape.  Then repeat prior step above and this step for the other side of the zipper.  I used a Teflon sewing machine foot, and as my machine has a built in walking foot sewing over the laminate was very easy. 
 Pull zipper down half way, center bottom of case with zipper teeth the center line, stitch 1/4 inch across bottom of case.  Be sure to double up on stitching over the zipper.  Trim off zipper even with seam edge.
Trim off 6 inches of the laminate measure tape for the case handle.  Fold tape in half ready to insert into top of pencil case.  
Center top of zipper and case and insert tape measure handle with folded edge inside the case, and raw ends that will be sewn into the seam.  Sew 1/4 inch seam and be sure to sew top of zipper  and ends of handle again about 1/8 inch from edge to secure.  Trim off excess zipper top even with seam allowance. 
Now all you have to do is turn your case right side out make sure corners are completely turned out.


  1. My son is grown so I don't really do any back to school stuff. Love these pencil cases -- they could be used for things other than pencils as well! Like a little sewing kit for my niece who likes cross stitch. The measuring tape handles are extra cute.

  2. Cool pencil cases! Looove them!

    I like to make covered folders, & have made clth zippy bags for schhool supplies..but never pencil cases before! Thanks for this great tuorial (& idea!). The Grangirlie's love new fun things when school starts. :)

  3. My children are all grown but I used to make drawstring bags for their PE kit!
    I love the measuring tape handles on your pencil cases - I've never sewn laminates!

  4. I have never sewn with laminate before. I like to make covered notebooks, then at least they look interesting. Thanks for a fun giveaway. x