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Free Tutorial and Pattern for a Pencil Wrap

Free tutorial -Beginners sewing project _ learn to sew a pencil wrap or a make up roll.

This pattern and tutorial, uses small pieces of fabric leftover from other projects, or a fat quarter and makes a sew simple gift for ages 3 to 103. It can also hold crochet hooks, make up brushes, artists paint brushes and knitting needles.

Materials and Equipment

I x fat quarter I got mine from here

1x contrast fabric measuring (i had some left over but you could use another fat quarter)

Wadding also called Batting I got mine from here

Half a meter of cotton tape I got mine here

Matching thread , pins, tape measure, chalk and scissors.

Tips for beginners

Seam allowance 1 cm this is the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch line. You will find a series of parallel lines engraved on the needle plate of your sewing machine pick the one marked with the measurement you need and keep the edge of the fabric to this guide

RS = right side of fabric WS = wrong side of fabric.

1. Using the measurement a, cut out the main fabric x 1 and cut x 1 contrast .

Using the measurements b cut out the main fabric x 1

Using the measurements a cut out the wadding/batting x 1

2.Using the fabric b fold under a 1cm hem and fold under 1cm again. Press and pin.

3. Using matching thread and placing the foot of the sewing machine to the folded edge of the fabric, machine stitch along the turned hem.

4. Pin the fabric you have just hemmed onto the contrast lining as shown.

5.Machine stitch around the edge to hold the two pieces. of fabric together, stitch close to the edge

of the two fabric as shown, this stitching will not show when the fabric roll is finished.

6. Chalk a 1cm seam allowance either end of the pencil roll. The remaining 42cm is now divided into

14 x 3cm pockets for the pencils/make up tools or crochet hooks.

7. Marking the slots for the pencils, you can chalk ,14 x 3cm lines to follow when sewing, or pin and tack then follow those lines when you are sewing, or with your sewing machine may have this tool, shown above, to use this (check your instruction manual for your sewing machine)

Chalk the first 3cm line onto the pencil wrap from the chalked 1cm line.

Insert the guide into the sewing machine.

8.The stitching guide is inserted into the sewing machine.

9. Line up the foot of the sewing machine on the 2nd chalk line , 3cm from the first chalk line, then line up the stitching guide onto the first chalk line (I have stitched that line to make it more visible). Stitch the first line to make the pocket for the pencil. Repeat 12 more times to giving you 13 pockets.

10. Roll the fabric as you are working moving along to make the pockets.

Secure the stitching at the beginning and end of each seam, using the reverse stitch.

11. Pin the cotton tape on the left hand side of your work with the RS of the pockets and lining facing you ,as shown.Stitch close to the edge of the fabric to secure the tape into place.

12. Cut any loose threads.

Lay the batting on the table and RS up, lay the pockets and lining on top of the wadding/batting. WS facing up lay the main fabric on top of the lining and pockets.

You should have a sandwich wadding/batting, lining with pocket and main fabric, pin to secure the layers for sewing, leaving a gap as shown to turn the pencil wrap inside out.

13. Cut the corners of the pencil wrap as shown, this will make it lay flat when you turn it inside out.

14. Turn the pencil wrap inside out and gently push out the corners, using this tool if you have one, if not you can insert a closed pair of scissors and gently push out the corners.

15. Tuck in the open seam , and slip stitch into place. Iron.

16.Turn the end of the tape over for 2cm and turn again. Thread the sewing machine with matching thread and sew a box as follows,starting at the right hand corner stitch a square on the end of the folded tape, sew diagonally across the bottom left hand corner along the bottom edge then diagonally, up to the left corner Finish off with a second line of stitches along the top edge. You may find it helpful to draw the square and lines on first using chalk.

Fill with pencils, make up brushes, crochet hooks . Enjoy or give as a timeless and personal gift for all ages.

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