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Rainbow pencil roll tutorial

Pencil case with 24 pockets for 24 colour pencils. Use each pocket for a different colour and find the right colour quickly!

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Materials

24 strips of fabric measuring 1 1/12 x 11 inches

24′ x 7′ for the pocket, folded in half

24′ x 11′ for the back

24′ x 11′ one sided fusible interface or flannel

Stitch strips together and iron resulting rectangle with seams open.

Fuse to the fusible interface.

Fold pocket fabric in half and stitch the top at 1/4′ from the top.

Elastic band

Button

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Place backing and stripped and pocket side facing together.

Place elastic band on one side with hoop facing inside.

Pin and stitch leaving a 1/4 seam allowance and leaving an opening in one side of about 8-10 cms.

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Turn inside out and iron flat. Top stitch around the rectangle  very close to the edge.

Make pockets for each pencil following the strips and stitching up and down in a continuous fashion.

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Sew a button on the back, close to the elastic band.

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This tutorial is based on ideas and instructions collected from these sites:

Tutorial in French: Housse à crayons

More headbands and Tooth Fairy pillows

Heather Bailey’s Freshcut reversible headband

Two Tooth Fairy pillows for some friends

Spring chicken softie

My daughter and I made this spring chicken. Based on a Sew, Mama, Sew pattern using Heather Bailey’s Freshcut range of fabrics.

Headband in 15 minutes or less

Fabric

  • 1  15in x 5in rectangle and
  • 2  8in x 4.5in rectangles
  • 7 in elastic band 1/5 in wide

Method
Cut 15x 5 inches ectangle, fold with right sides together and stitch with a 1/4′ seam allowance.

Turn inside out and iron with seam in the middle and the edges turned inside.

Cut second rectangle and fold in half. Then cut the corner off one side like in the picture.

Snip the pointy edge and make a cut in the corner so that the angles are neatly ironed. Turn inside out and iron.

You’re now ready to put everything together.

Slide elastic band in one side together with one of the side bits like in the picture. Pin in place.

Do the same on the other side.

I made a little fold on each side so that the headband wraps better around the head. This is particularly important with wider headbands.

Fold is more visible in this photo. Stitch in place.

Tie the sides to match the head size.

Done!

Simple headband without the sides

This headband is slightly wider at 6 1/2′ wide.

Patchwork headband

I still have leftovers from my celtic string quilt so I thought I’d make a headband out of it.

Same method as above, but without the flaps.

You can adjust the width to your liking. Only make sure that you make folds on the sides for wider headbands.

And a couple more – I seem not to be able to stop making headbands!

The finished headbands.

One with quilted flower.

Reversible headband made with Heather Bailey fabrics.