Friday, August 13, 2010

Juicy Pencil Pouch ~ Just In Time for School

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  ~Proverbs 25:25

I've always wanted to make something out of these drink pouches I've been saving from my kids' past parties...until I had the time, or at least the energy, to create something out of them.  Well, the day has come.  They finally came out of their hiding place.
It's a super easy project.  Like any other, it just requires time and energy.

Let's get started. First I lined 3 of them up and secure them with masking tape to fit my found-zipper.  Trim the top portion for uniform size.  Remember, all of these materials, I have already have at hand.  Feel free to use any similar material to create this.

Stitch together with the zigzag stitch leaving masking tape until you get to it then gently pull it off.  Just make sure you use a machine needle fit for this type of material.  Otherwise, it will break.  

For extra strength, I duct taped the inside after sewing together.

Once both sides are complete, you're ready to sew in your zipper.  I've always avoided zippers.  But really, it's not that hard.

I added an extra material (see purple material at the end of the zipper) to lengthen it. Then, I also duct taped the zipper area (not shown here).

Always zigzag stitch twice or more when you get to the end for extra durability.

Then I added one of my kids' many braided friendship bracelets hanging around the house.  You can add anything you want on the side by duct taping it on the inside prior to sewing all the sides.

Almost done.  Just zigzag away around the pouch to finish up.

And here you are.  Ready to take on any student's rough handling.

Just add your pencils, pens, erasers, etc.
You can easily make a larger version to go inside a binder where you can punch holes on the side.  Or a smaller version for a coin purse, a phone cozy, etc.  Lots of possibilities.

Have a great school year.  And enjoy learning.

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  
~Ray LeBlond

Monday, August 9, 2010

From Tee to Tee-rrific...

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein

From this plain ol' tee... 
(an Inneract Project photo shoot)

 to this still plain ol' fun AD tee... 
(check out Inneract Project's site and sign-up your middle schooler)

to this fun ruffled refashioned tee!
(coupled with a new "do" and a black cardigan from a thrift shop)
Check out Tea Rose Home for this ruffled shirt tutorial.