Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY: Card Pen Cases

Happy Monday! 

Hi. I hope your week is off to a great start! Monday, for us, means: back-to-school and I love to send the kids off with personalized supplies. You can make these, too ---  they're not just for school; there are schools of ideas for ways to use these cases: make them in different sizes for toys, marbles, toiletries; use as a place to house card collections and more. I'd love to see what you do with this tutorial. Happy, happy, making!

To get started, the kids choose some of their favorite collectible cards ---- horses, baseball and soccer ---- any collectible cards works and then, these cards were sewn into pen cases.  I love up-cycling extra cards into something functional. They serve as time capsule of your children's interests ---  and are such a fun personal project to prepare together. Follow along below with the full step-by-step tutorial below. Let's start making!

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Pen Case with Collectible Cards
- Fabric, I used denim and heavy linen here
- Fabric Scissors
- Adhesive Book Protector Plastic
- Pattern:
 to make the Baseball Pen Case, as shown (12 x 11"), cut a rectangle from paper
 to make the Horse Pen Case (12 x 10) cut a rectangle from paper
- 12 Collector Cards
Baseball format: 12 (makes 2 cases/cut two pieces of fabric)
Horse format: 3
- Choose between a Zipper or Velcro:
 Zipper, I used 12 inch zipper for the Baseball Pen Case
 Velcro, for the Horse Case, which will be cut to size for the opening
- Non-acidic Tape

Using the paper pattern, cut the fabric.

Organize your cards in a pattern, then, turn them upside down (back sides up), edges tightly together and tape into place. Make any pattern, these don't have to be perfectly squared but do have to have the edges tight against one another.

Carefully turn these taped cards over and very, smoothly lay the layer of the book covering plastic to cover all of the cards.

Using a sewing machine set to "zig-zag," sew along the edges catching the edges of two side-by-side cards to bind them.  If you would like to sew other stitches -- diagonal, straight, tracings or patterns, in over these cards, this gives more reinforcement and adds and interesting effect; this is optional. Once all of the edges of the cards have been bond and the sewing is finished. Clip loose threads.  You can choose to cover both sides of the pen cases with the cards or just one. In this tutorial, we are covering only one side.

Cut this sewn card piece in 1/2 to fit  it to one half of the pen case. Pin in place. Remember to look at how the pen case will fold. You want to make sure that these are right side up.

Using a sewing machine set to "zig-zag," sew the card piece directly onto the fabric, sewing along the edges and again, it is optional, but you may also sew in any extra details, is desired.

Lay the piece flat, right side facing up. Fold along the long, bottom edge of the cards so that the right sides are facing in; wrong side will be out. Pin side seams and sew up the two side seams.

Sew in zipper or Velcro along the open edge.

Turn inside out, press corners, clip stray threads, and your unique Card Pen Case is ready to go! Happy Willowday!

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  1. These are so cool! I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a cool pencil case project and this one is just beautiful! love how the cases can be customized. Pinning and sharing!!

    1. That is such a compliment. Thank you so much! I'd love to see what you do and am so happy that you took the time to comment. Happy Making.

  2. Wonderful - as ever your blog is full of great ideas : )

    1. Thank you so much, Sian! You help keep me going! Wishing you a great transition from summer to Fall, too!

  3. Replies
    1. Oh, what a lovely surprise to find you here, Helena! I'm so complimented! I will confess... these are a little addictive -- we have them in many shapes and sizes! They're really fun. Thanks! Happy inspiration.

  4. These are so great Gina. I'd love to have one for my everyday purse. You've inspired me. xo

    1. Meri, thanks! I'm the same --- these cards are like little galleries or time capsules and I love both using these myself + seeing the kids have them among their things! I'd love to see what you do.


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