project: felt scallop pencil tube
Whenever I'm out, I like to make sure that I have a way to jot down or sketch out ideas that come along. You really never know when they'll turn up, so having paper and writing tools is important. Usually, I have a few pens and pencils of varying types, and until now, I've kept them in a case for my sunglasses. With my sunglasses. Not ideal...so I decided I needed something similar, but designated only for drawing equipment.
A full case that closes isn't really what I wanted, because I like to just reach into my bag and be able to grab a pencil. I wanted something that would just keep them handy, but tidy. This pencil tube was my solution.
If you'd like a pencil tube, here's what you need:
Felt in two colors (the second color is optional, but I rather like it!)
Hole punch (optional, but fun!)
Pencil Tube template PDF
Use the template to cut a large piece from felt, then cut down the template and cut a smaller piece of scallop. This pink felt is some that I dyed myself!
You don't have to be too fussy with the scallops. They look cute when they are a little bit funky.
Layer the small scallop behind the large piece, roll it into a tube. Make sure that there is at least 1/4" overlap past the scalloped part.
Stitch the tube along the overlap using a running stitch. It's a good idea to peek inside the tube with each stitch, just to make sure you're catching all three layers of felt.
Check to be sure that your tube is still approximately the same size as the circle template. If it is, cut out a circle of felt with the template. If not, adjust the size of the circle when you cut it out.
Stitch the circle onto the one end of the tube. I used a whip stitch.
With your hole punch, punch some holes along the scallops. This one makes 1/8" holes. You could also do this before you stitch it all together, which would be easier if you want to make more holes further in from the edge.
Fill your pencil tube, and add it to your purse or bag!
Simple things like this make me happy...especially when they have little details like this does. Now I'm wanting to take some of the elements from this (scallop flap, punched felt, etc.) and apply them to other ideas...I best get to work!