Guess what today is? No. It's not my birthday. Nope. It's not my anniversary either. Groundhog Day has passed, and Valentine's isn't yet here. Give up? It's my bloggy birthday! I am ONE today. To celebrate I have whipped up a pencil roll tutorial for you. It seemed fitting since I've blogged lots of pencil rolls this year.
Most pencil rolls I see have flat pockets. I found that once I put the pencils in the pencil roll, it didn't lie flat and tidy. That makes me crazy. Does this bug anyone else? Please say it does.
I came up with a plan to do away with Wavy-Pencil-Roll syndrome once and for all. See how flat this is? Makes me happy.
Here's how I do it...
1. Eat two Dove Chocolate Promises. Any flavor will do, but I prefer the raspberry caramels. I'm serious about this. My pencil rolls never turn out if I forget this step.
2. Choose and cut your fabrics:
Fabric 1 (outer fabric): 9"x14" Color in sample-Pink Water Lily
Fabric 2 (inner fabric): 9"x14" Color in sample-Pink
Fabric 3 (pocket piece): 10 3/4" x 22" Color in sample-Pink and Red
Fabric 4 (binding): 2" x enough to go around the roll Color in sample-
Interfacing: 9" x 14" mid-weight
9"x14" heavy-weight (I use flannel and Wonder-under for
3. Fuse mid-weight facing to the outer fabric. Fuse heavy-weight facing to inner fabric. (Please ignore the stain on my ironing board cover.)
4. Fold pocket fabric in half lengthwise and press. (Continue to ignore the stain. I really must give the cover a wash.)
5. Time to mark your pieces. Start with the inner fabric (pink in my sample). Using a water soluble marker, make a line across the width 5 1/4" from the bottom edge. This line will be your guide for marking the top tick mark. Starting on the left edge, mark over 1" by putting a tick mark at the bottom edge of the pink inner piece and one right above the line you just drew. From this tick mark, measure over 5/8" and make another set of marks. Move over 5/8" and make another set of marks. Move over 5/8" and...Make 19 tick marks (counting the first one you made at 1") every 5/8" across the width of the fabric. After you make all your ticks, you should have a one-inch-plus-a-little-bit-more space on the right side of your piece. I usually trim this so that I have exactly one inch after my last tick mark. IF YOU TRIM THIS PIECE ON THE PINK INNER FABRIC, TRIM THE OUTER PIECE (Water Lily Fabric) TO THE EXACT SAME SIZE.
6. Now mark the pocket piece. Mark every inch across the width of the pocket piece by drawing a line from the folded edge to the bottom. This line will be your stitching line for the pockets so make sure you can see it well.
7. Let's make some pockets. Match the first line on the pocket piece to the first set of tick marks on the inner fabric. Stitch on the line you drew. Now for the first pocket. Match the second line you drew to the second set of tick marks. Pin. Stitch down the line. Tah-dah. First pocket is done. Repeat until all pockets are sewn.
8. Trim excess pocket fabric (See the extra in my picture?) even with the edge of the inner fabric. Snip threads and set this piece aside for a while. Whew. Do you need another chocolate yet?
9. Find the center of the outer fabric by folding the piece in half lengthwise and finger pressing. Two buttons need to be sewn on this center crease. Sew a small button 3/4" from the left edge. Sew a bigger button 5 3/4" from the left edge.
10. Put outer piece (Water Lily fabric) and inner piece (pink fabric with pockets sewn on) together with wrong sides facing each other. Baste around the edges.
11. Time to put the binding on. You can use my No Snit Binding tutorial if you want.
12. All that's left is the clasp. I use an elastic hair tie for this. Pinch the tie together. Wrap it with thread. Tie a knot. Viola. You have this.
13. Slip the tiny end of the elastic over the small button.
14. Fill the pockets with colored pencils and roll it up. Woohoo! You're done.
That pretty much does it. Go forth, sewing warriors, and create pencil rolls that lie flat. I'd love to see your creations. And as always, if you have a question, please ask.