ITH roll up pencil case

Author: Mandy Chamberlin  Date Posted:16 January 2020 

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This tutorial will show you how to create a roll-up pencil case for the kids to store their pens and pencils. It's the perfect back to school project and is a great way to keep their stationery neat and tidy. With the fabric of your choice, we'll show you how to create this fun and useful gadget using the 'In-The-Hoop' embroidery method with no sewing required.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


THE EMBROIDERY DESIGN

You can make your own custom size to suit your pens/pencils/markers by simply creating a rectangle of the size you would like it to be and add button holes (you can find the button holes in the Create Layouts tab if you are using Wilcom Hatch)

Or you can grab a free version of the design here →


HOW TO MAKE A PEN ROLL ITH

Prep fabric and stabilizer – I used quilting cotton I had on hand so I added some cut away stabilizer to the pack of each piece to give it a bit more body.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Hoop the wash away and head to your machine with your thread, matching bobbin and design.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Thread the machine and plug your USB in with your design (or transfer it by WI-FI if you have a WI-FI capable machine).

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the first step (Step 1) – This is the placement line so you know where to put the first fabric piece face down on the hoop.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 2) which will tack down the first layer of fabric

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 3) which is a placement line to show you where to place the elastic or ribbon – have it overlap around 1inch/2.5cm into the seam, the overlap will be secured down in a later step

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 4) which will tack the elastic down

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Place your next piece of fabric face up and stitch the next step (Step 5) which will tack all the layers together.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Trim all the excess fabric away from both layers of fabric – be careful not to cut the elastic/ribbon.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the next step (Step 5) which will add a reinforcement stitch for the elastic/ribbon and then finish off the entire edge of the project with a satin stitch.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Stitch the final step (Step 6) which will stitch the button holes.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Remove the project from the hoop and trip away the excess wash away stabilizer from around the edge of the design as well as on the side of the fabric which was face down in the hoop. Use some warm water to dab away at the bits of wash away which are left on the project and allow to dry.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

Once dry, take your favourite snips or small scissors and cut open the centres of the button holes.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project
Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

And you’re done! You can then add a decoration, name or saying with some HTV (heat transfer vinyl) as I have done.

Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project
Echidna sewing ITH RollUp Pencil Case Embroidery Project

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