Begin by cutting two 10” x 6.5” pieces from the outer fabric and two 10” x 6.5” pieces from the lining fabric.
Place a lining piece right side up in front of you and align the zip, puller side up, along the edge. Place an outer piece, right side down, on top of the zip and pin in place.
Attach foot #4 to your machine and sew the left side of the zip. You may find it easiest to sew approximately ¾ of the zip, stop with the needle down, raise the presser foot, pull the zip past the foot and then continue to the end.
Place the second lining piece right side up in front of you and then place the sewn zipper and fabric piece on top, with the zipper facing upwards. Finally, place the second outer piece face down and pin in place.
Sew the right side of the zipper to the two fabric pieces and press the seams well.
Return to the machine and top stitch down each side of the zip.
Remembering to unzip the zipper, place the lining pieces right sides together and the outer pieces right sides together, with the zip facing towards the lining. It’s helpful to use two binding clips to hold the top and bottom of the zip in place. Mark a 3” gap on the lining piece using a pencil before pinning the fabric together along the edge.
Starting at one end of the 3” gap, attach your ¼” patchwork foot and sew around the edge of the pencil case using a ¼” seam, stopping once you reach the other end of the 3” gap. Take care when sewing over the zip and reduce your speed if necessary.
Clip the corner of the case to reduce bulk once it’s turned out.
Turn the case right side out using the gap left in the lining. Use a point turner or chopstick to push out and neaten the corners.
Using a matching thread colour, top stitch the bottom edge of the lining to close the gap. Press well and place the lining in the case.
Your perfect pencil case is now finished!
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