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Back to School Pencil Case

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Craft it: Geometric, Plastic Canvas Pencil Case

Plastic canvas crafts are a great way to get a lot of bang out of your yarn buck; they require less yardage for a large, visual impact. Let’s face it, as we’re all shopping for back-to-school clothes, shoes, and what feels like an endless list of supplies, couldn’t we all use a little cost-effective crafting, right now?

For this week’s post I took some Patons Classic Wool Worsted that I had left over from a couple of recent knitting projects (Sheep(ish), Simply Soft, or Satin will all work just as well, too!), and got to work on a geometric pencil case that’s great for the kids, but kind of kitschy-cool enough for us adults, too. Here’s how to make one!


  • 1 sheet, white plastic canvas (available at craft stores)
  • 3 colors, worsted-weight yarn ( I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in colors: A) Lemongrass, B) Coral, C) Flagstone
  • Yarn needle Scissors
  • Directions

    • Cut plastic canvas into pieces measuring the following: (bottom & top) 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ [4 cm x 2 cm], (sides) 8 1/4″ x 3/4″ [21 cm x 2 cm], (front & back) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ [4 cm x 21 cm], (flap) 1 1/2″ x 2″ [4 cm x 5 cm] (also cut the bottom corners out to create a T-shape), and (strap) 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ [4 cm x 1.25 cm].
    • Using yarn, needle and charts & photos as guide, embroider pieces with Colors A & B.
    • Assemble case using Color C, and whip stitching all pieces together, including strap to front piece to correspond with with flap.
    • Using C, whip stitch around any exposed edges not covered by seaming.That’s it; you’re done!

    It’s almost time, parents: school, glorious school — wheeee! xx, Vickie

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