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Felt Pencil Case

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Kids


Stitching a few school supplies and stylish acces¬sories is a cinch when you use wool felt because the edges won't fray. And since this doesn't require a lot of fabric, it's perfect for using up scraps and stray buttons.


  • Felt

  • Embroidery thread and a needle with a large eye

  • Button

  • Pinking shears


  1. To make a pencil case, cut a 2 1/2-by-18-inch rectangle of felt; fold up bottom 6 inches.

  2. To sew, use embroidery thread and a needle with a large eye. Stitch up the sides with a running stitch: Pass needle up from back to front, then reinsert needle to back; repeat making short stitches. Finish with a knot in back.

  3. Fold over flap; add a button, and snip a buttonhole.

  4. To cover a 3-by-5-inch notebook, cut an 11-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle of felt with pinking shears. Center open book on felt; fold ends over covers. Sew top and bottom edges with a running stitch.

  5. For a closure, sew a button to front and add a thread loop to back.

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