A little while ago my friend Kim was nice enough to give me this cute bow shaped pencil case for my birthday. So cute!

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I realised when she gave it to me that I had a big bow at home in my craft pile that came off a really cute bag which I’d accidentally spilled a drink on. I thought why not make a matching bigger version to keep even more pencils in!

And here they are together!

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You could easily do this tutorial just with some spare fabric you have though.Kawaii-Pencil-Case-Tutorial-607

This is the bow I started with.

I used:

  • Velcro
  • Ribbon
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue gun

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First thing was taking it apart so it wasn’t joined up in the middle anymore.

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I unpicked all of the stitching in the middle.

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Then restitched it up the bottom, it wouldn’t be a very useful pencil case if they all just fell out the bottom haha!

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So this is what I was left with.

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I stitched the back pieces together as well.

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At this point it was basically a big pouch.

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Then on each side I folded the pleats up individually and stitched them together so they are held in place.

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Next was creating something to hold the middle in place and hide the ugly marks from the original stitching. I only had thin ribbon rather than the thick stuff so I used 3 layers of it.

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It was easier to just glue this than stitch because of the thick fabric. So two lots first:

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Then one in the middle to cover the gaps.

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And the ends were folded into the middle and glued in place.

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Last thing to do is find a way to keep it closed. I didn’t have a zip the right colour so I used velcro. I snipped the middle so it would curve and follow the natural line of the bow.

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After being glued in place it looked like this:

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Not too bad!

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Then it was just a matter of filling it with some more pencils!

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Not quite big enough to fit all of my copic markers but maybe I’ll make a gigantic one!

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And with it’s baby sister 😀

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