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Minion DIY Pencil Case
Minion DIY Pencil Case
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This pencil case pattern will keep an eye on your kids at school, making sure they are paying attention and entertaining them at the same time. Designed to feature the iconic eyeball of the merry minions, the Minion DIY Pencil Case is a simple sewing pattern that only takes on fat quarter bundle to create. Easily sewn and uniquely shaped, this back-to-school idea holds pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens, and more. Made up of simple patchwork, this case’s enclosed seams make it nice and sturdy. This would make a great DIY stocking stuff, as well.

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Machine

Easy

 

 

 

 


One in a Minion Pouch



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Materials:

  • 1 in a Minion Fat Quarter Bundle
  • 9” zipper
  • 25” inches of grey piping (1 package)
  • 25” inches of coordinating double fold bias tape (1 package)
  • Plain white, brown, and black quilting cotton scraps
  • Interfacing scraps
  • Eyeball pattern, printed

Instructions:

Cutting:

Cut the following:

  • Smallest circle, black cotton (2)
  • Medium circle, brown cotton (2)
  • Largest circle, white cotton (2)
  • 4 strips measuring 3.5”w X 10”l from the FQ bundle.
  • 1 rectangle coordinating fabric, 10” w X 13” l
  • Both 25” pieces of piping & bias into 2 12.5” pieces

Steps:

  1. Cut out & appliqué the smallest black circle as the pupil, on the medium sized circle of brown. Applique the brown circle centered in each white circle. Wonder Under and/or freezer paper may be helpful here! Iron on interfacing to the back of each white circle, hiding the stitching and firming up the circle.

    Minion DIY Pencil Case
     
  2. Sew the piping around each circle, forming the eyeglass circle.

    Minion DIY Pencil Case
     
  3. Sew the 4 strips together lengthwise with ¼” seam allowance, press all seams open. Trim to 10”w X 13”l.


     
  4. Layer one side of the patchwork piece right sides together (RST) with the lining piece and zipper, sew alongside the zipper.


     
  5. Open and press the layers so that the zipper tape is covered. Top stitch.


     
  6. Repeat the other side of the patchwork piece and lining, enveloping the other side of the zipper with all RST. Sew alongside the zipper.


     
  7. Open the zipper all the way and top stitch this side, press.


     
  8. Baste each open side, keeping the raw edges aligned. Then baste the circle in, going slowly and pausing frequently to smooth the layers and ease the circle around. Turn right side out and check that all layers were caught and there are no gathers. Open the zipper half way and turn inside out, repeat for the second side, check, then sew both circles with a normal stitch length and secured.


     
  9. Trim each end’s seam allowance to 1/8” and encase with bias tape. Turn right side out and press.


     
  10. And you're done!


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