Monday, August 29, 2011

Ribbon Pencil Case Tutorial

I'm so excited this week.  I have THREE really fun ideas to share with you.  I don't know if it's my lack of sleep that's brought these ideas on, back to school madness or what, but I'm glad that I'm having a "good" week in this respect ;)  Today's is the only one that requires sewing (and it's really minimal).  So, if you don't sew, stick with me.  I have two more ideas that even the most crafti-not can do!  Promise.

Today's fab idea I had while sitting at the kitchen table yesterday morning at 530am.  The house was quiet, I finished my Bible study and sat staring around the room as if I had no idea what to do with myself next.  It was quiet (did I already mention that?).  I'm not used to that.
I glanced over at the kitchen counter where I do my fabric cutting (I've pretty much taken over said counter), and saw one of my funky spools of ribbon.

So I don't know about you, but I'm always digging around my purse for a pen.  After looking at the ribbon I thought that I could make myself a fun little pen holder so that it's easier to find a pen and if I had a special case for it, maybe it wouldn't ever leave my bag?  We'll see about that.  Anyway!
Here's how to make your very own.

Materials Needed:
19 inch long piece of polyester ribbon (the ribbon i used is 1.5 inches wide)
3 inch long piece of 1/4" wide ribbon to hold case closed

 The 19 inch long piece of ribbon will hold pens and pencils. 

Before you begin, be sure to use a match or candle to burn the ends of your ribbon.  Somehow, the ends melt just a tad ensuring they don't fray.  Cool huh?
Then, wrap the item you want inside the ribbon (like pic above).
Pin your 3" piece of ribbon along the folded ribbon sandwiching the ends between the large ribbon.  This is going to be where you'll tuck the top so make sure that you're pinning it in a place where it will hold that ribbon closed.  

 From the bottom of folded ribbon, you'll sew up to the top, back-stitching at both ends.  Sew as close to the edges as you can.

 Cute, huh?  Takes approx. 5 mins to make and you have a great, fun and cute item to house your pens.  It would make a great teacher gift, back to school item, could house an emergency tampon for your purse (yea, it fits).  Nothing more embarrassing that being at the store and a tampon flying out.  It's never happened to me, but almost did.  I think.
You can make it larger for knitting needles, paint brushes, etc.

Let me know what you think!  Come back this week for my other ideas.  You'll like them :)

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  1. Such a loveley little project. Simple but very effective, love it!

  2. Just popped over from Tatertots and Jello. Love this idea. It will be added to my "must do" list.

  3. This would be perfect for my ribbon scraps. If you get a chance I would love you to link your pencil case up to More the Merrier Monday.

  4. SEW SUPER SPECTACULAR! Just in time for back 2 school... Thanks for sharing your groovy ideas :}

  5. Great idea! I just might have to make one too, thanks for sharing! :-)

  6. I always love a great ribbon idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love your blog!! Totally going to make this for my friend's 7 year old daughter!!

  8. What awesome idea :)
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Visiting from voiceBoks,
    Español para Niños (Spanish for Kids)

  9. great idea! I love this!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  10. Quick, cute, clever! I never know what to do with ribbon, now I have a reason to browse that aisle and throw some in my cart when its on sale :)

  11. Lovely...I am always digging around in my bag for my pen...All I need now is a broad ribbon

  12. a cute idea and very practical!!!!


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