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Super sturdy character pencil case

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Every year, pencils in my pencil case manage to poke holes in my pencil cases from the inside. But this year, I decided to put an end to this evildoing.

Pencils will never poke holes in this pencil case! It is lined with leftover fabric from patio chairs.

So now it's a strong pencil case. But I also wanted it to be unique. My thing is to make normal objects like hats and mittens into fun characters and animals. As a result, I made my pencil case look like Jake the dog from the kids' show Adventure Time (because that is the coolest thing for a high school freshman to have, of course.) You can make your pencil case into anything you want. Maybe even a lady rainicorn :3

But you can still always keep it simple and just have a super strong pencil case.
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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1. Fabric.
What really makes this pencil case is a sturdy lining. I used leftover outdoor patio chair material (it is made to be weatherproof and support the weight of a person). Other materials that would work would be a strong canvas, duck cloth, etc. (see some utility fabrics here.) Look for the strongest, most resonably priced fabric you can find. I would recommend searching in the scrap or clearance section, because not much material is needed.

For the outer material, I used fabric from the sleeve of an old sweatshirt, and for the details such as Jake's face, I used felt.

2. Zipper.
I used a nine-inch non-separating zipper.

3. Basic Sewing supplies.
Needle, thread, pins, scissors, and a sewing machine if one is available to you. I hand sewed this because my machine was broken, and there was no problem.

4. Stuffing.
Depending on the character you are making (if any), you may or may not need stuffing. I stuffed the head of my character.

5. Glue Gun (optional)
If you are making a character, you may want to hot glue the facial features on. You may also sew them on, but I decided that the stitches would take away from the cartoon-like quality of Jake's eyes, nose, and jowls.
OMG!! Go adventure time!! i have a Finn based hat only it's got devil horns instead of polar bear ears
Finn is kind of tube shaped too, he'd make a good pencil case. Haha.

Cool 'ible. I had the same problem but then I picked up a semi-rigid plastic pencil case at Office Depot (I think). Sewing is so not my thing, unfortunately.
juliatheninja (author)  Thrasym1 year ago
or a Finn 'burrito' like in the episode when he hugged flame princess! :)
What about the EVERYTHING BURRITO!!! IT HAS FEELINGS TO lol =)
ok
HMice1 year ago
Who doesn't love jake? I'm making an extended Jake scarf! Slamacow!
Gosh that is so adorable! And you did such an amazing job putting it all together! I always have such a hard time with those zippers :)
AnimaMage1 year ago
Ooooh. This is neat. I may make one of these for my friend's birthday, actually.
Awwww! Very good idea for a pencil case. :D
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