We don’’t need to remind you that Back to School time is upon us, so how about making your own unique pencil case for school? This is such an easy craft, and can incorporate any design. You could be the envy of all your friends.


here's what you'll need...

  • An old pair of jeans (make sure you ask the owner’s permission!)
  • 2 sheets of felt
  • A piece of material. (Cotton should do it, you’ll need enough to line the pencil case.)
  • Fabric glue
  • 1 googly eye
  • Small piece of Velcro
  • Needle and cotton (optional)
  • Pencil and paper or an image to cut out
  • Something to protect your work surface

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Cut a straight line across the bottom of one leg of the jeans, ensuring the pencil case is going to be big enough for your pencils. The width of the leg of the jeans will determine whether the opening of your pencil case is on the side or the top, and this may help you choose your image layout.


  • 2

    Turn the cut edge in and glue it down to make a hem. Fabric glue normally needs to be left to go tacky before pressing the fabric together.


  • 3

    Line the pencil case with some contrasting material and glue in place. You may need to fold a hem.

    Draw and cut out an image of your choice, making sure that it’s centre point is around the same width as the cut edge of your jeans, as this will form the pencil case flap. If drawing is not your strong point you could always print out an image, or even cut out an image from a colouring book.


  • 4

    Use the image as a template to transfer onto both pieces of felt. Remember that these will be stuck together, so if your felt has a pattern on one side make sure you reverse the felt when you transfer your image.


  • 5

    Attach one piece of felt to the outside of the pencil case, with the centre point sitting along the cut edge. Line up and attach the other piece of felt to the reverse of the first piece and tuck and stick the rest into the inside of the pencil case.


  • 6

    Attach a small piece of Velcro underneath the flap using the glue, or you could sew it on if you prefer.

    Add an eye, if needed, and other decorations, and finally stick the open end closed using the glue again.


    Felix decided to make a dinosaur pencil case, how will you decorate yours?

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By Claire Dearing on 03.04.20

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