- Sophie &Friends
Back to school is here, and I wanted to share with you a fun craft project that will help keep all of your pencils organized and sharp. You can create this in a larger size if you'd like and house other school supplies as well.
First, you will need to cut pockets for your pencils. Using your pencils as a template, measure your pencil length (in my case 6 inches). I would suggest you create all of your pockets before you begin assembling. I made 10 pockets for ten pencils.
Start by making long strips of 1" tape. Do this by cutting a piece of duct tape in half length-wise.
Lay this long piece face down in the center of the sticky side of a regular piece of duct tape. Leave about one-pinky (3/4") of sticky as a border all the say around the thin strip as shown in the photo.
You can use two colors to create different colored pockets. I used red and yellow.
Determine how large your piece of duct tape fabric should be. This would also be a good project to use tarp-backed fabric. Measure using your pencils. Add at least one inch to the top and bottom of your pencil when determining height. (in my case 8 inches) Your pockets will be approximately 2 inches wide. Multiply this by the total number of pencils you want to hold. I am making 10. So my piece of fabric will be 8" high x 20" (10x2) wide.
Lay a piece of tape on the top edge of your fabric as close to edge as possible. Trim Excess from either side.
Begin laying down your pockets. Lay the first pocket about 1 inch from the edge. Line up the top of the pocket with the piece of tape at the top edge of the fabric. Overlap the sticky tape and lay down the next pocket.
Lay down all of your pockets the entire length or as many pencils pockets as you have.
Seal the seams between the pockets for extra strength. You will need 1/2 strips of tape to do so. These can be cut cleanly with an X-Acto knife.
Lay these strips of tape between the pockets.
Now to seal one edge, Take your duct tape (black color in my case) and seal right along the edge, trim excess. Come back along on the sides and seal those as well.
I wanted a little something extra, so on one side I left room to place my eraser and pencil sharpener. Using small strips of duct tape, seal the hair elastics into place.
Use extra tape in the shape of an X to secure the elastics.
Once done, flip the entire fabric piece over and seal half-on half-off all along the edges with more duct tape, creating a nice solid edge. Lastly, attach your hair ties on the edge with more tape to seal the roll once complete.
All done! Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did.