Thanks so much for all your support! I managed to place as a runner-up! :D
With the new school year approaching this month, and noticing that I often dig around in my bag for a pencil, I realized I needed a new pencil case.
But the dilemma I have is that all the pretty pencil cases are very expensive, and all the dull ones break easily! So what am I to do?
Well... how about make my own?
This pencil case will cost you under $3 and a few hours. For me, it took five hours or so, but be reminded that I chose to hand sew my pencil case! A sewing machine will probably take off at least three of those hours.
The only sewing skills you will need are how to thread a needle, how to do a oversewing stitch (also known as a blanket stitch), a running stitch, and a hem stitch, all relatively easy.
A great instructable on how to sew: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew./
The pencil case I made is modeled after the Studio Ghibli character, Totoro. You don't have to make yours like I did, but with this pattern you can pretty much add any detailing you like. For example, I'm currently working on another Hello Kitty pencil case, and my first one was a Domo-kun pencil case. ^_^
This is my first Instructable! :D