Hand sewing basics: Design your own pencil case | Celine Vd Moesdijk | Skillshare

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Hand sewing basics: Design your own pencil case

teacher avatar Celine Vd Moesdijk, artist, creator

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      Basic stitches


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      Concept sketch


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About This Class

Have you ever experienced the excitement of creating something from scratch? 

Let’s start your next diy project! This class will get you started on hand sewing. Whenever I need to get my mind off of things or just feel like relaxing I turn to hand sewing. 

In this class will learn:

  • Three basic stitches
  • Hand sewing tips and tricks 
  • The steps of creating a personalized pencil case

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Celine Vd Moesdijk

artist, creator


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1. Intro: as an artist. I love creating, but it goes further than creating art. Hand sewing is one of the things that really eases my mind, and I thought it would be nice to share one off my D. I Y projects here on skill share. But the end of this class you'll be able to design your own pencil case that fits your needs. Or it could be any other kind off case. If you wish to put in other stuff, we'll be working with Feld's and I'll teach you three basic stitches and share my tips and tricks. I hope to see you in the next part of the class. 2. Materials: let's start off by going over the materials you'll need. As I said before, we'll be working with felt. But there are some things that you have to pay attention to. For example, this piece has a lot of fibers. It's thin and easy to work with, but these fibers can give your case a messy look, and it will look more fluffy. More you use it. This purple piece is just as thin and easy to use, but it's a better quality. It's a little bit more expensive, but it will last longer and has a cleaner look. There's also more sturdy and think of Fells. It could be an option for you, depending on your time, as you see here, when folding, it wrinkles, and it will be harder to keep this together with simple stitches. Next up, we need some threat. I use thin 12 so smaller things and a bulky one for a nice look on the edges off my case. Some elastic threat toe Hold my pencils, pins and needles. Make sure you have sharp needles and whole that's big enough to fit your threat. Some soap and a ruler to mark your felt buttons or some kind of beats, a pair of sharp scissors and a pencil and paper for your concept sketch. 3. Basic stitches: before you start, make sure that you have sharp needles and that your needle is big enough for your threat. There are two ways to use a threat. Single and double. A single thread is for final work and easier toe in pic, not your threat on one end. A double threat makes him more secure. Stitch you're not both ends together. Here's an example off two ways to not your threat. - Once you have, you are not. You start your first stitch on the back, but it's not always possible. Toe hide, not on the back. Here's a way to start going without enough. - Before we start on the stitches, I want to show trick to make sure your stitches look even. Make a first stitch and mark the distance on your finger. Then move your finger up for the next ditch. A running stage starts at the back. Pull through to the point where did not hits the fabric, make a stitch and bring the needle back up. A running stitch looks same at both sides. - I like to turn around at the end and come back through the beginning so I don't have any gaps . - I started backstage the same rate as a running stage. The only difference is that when you come back up, you're not going forwards, but backwards. This stitch is stronger, and as you can see, you instantly have no Gibbs. - The only downside to this stitch is that the back looks pretty ugly. If your backside is visible, it's better to go with the running stage. The blanket stitch is a decorative stage that looks nice on edges. You can use it on a single piece of fabric, but also to attach two pieces with two pieces. You start on the inside, then you insert the needle, threw it back at the same spot to you started. Put your needle through this loop toe anchor your first stitch. Then you move to decide you're working in an insert your needle at the same height. This creates an auto loop. Go men through the back and put your needle through this loop. It's very important to keep coming in from the back. If you come in at front, your stitch looks different, and using the two gives a messy look. I don't like to work with too long off a threat because it gets easily tangled. This means that I run out of threats. Sometimes before you run out, only put your needle through the first layer. Start a new stitch through the second layer and pick up the little loop that you left on the front and continue your stitches to endure stages. Make another at the top and took the access straight on the inside. 4. Concept sketch: before we start sewing were going toe plan are designed by creating a concept sketch. This doesn't have to be a fancy sketch at all. It's just to help you think about your design and playing. You're showing this way. You will end up with the case that you had in mind before starts catching. I think about what materials I want to put in and which things I prefer or comments. When I use a case, I walk you through my sketching process. These are the materials I want to put in my case. I prefer to see all materials so that I can pick the right pencil right away, and I want to have the case open flat. I'll be using unless think threat to slow or principles and Marcus like this. Then we have the pencil refills. I don't need them as much, so I'll make a small pocket for them. And now onto which way I want the case to close, I can roll it up or fall it. My drawers are quite small, so I think I'm going with the folding. I'll be using two sheets off failed in different colors. If I work with one sheet, you'll see the bag off the sewing, which doesn't look nice. This means that my first step is sowing the elastic threat and then the pocket. My third step is sewing. The two pieces off fell together. No, let's start sewing. 5. Walkthrough: in this part, I walk you through the sewing process. I start out by laying down the materials. This way I can measure the size of my case. I use a ruler and soap to market. Next up is the cutting. Make sure to use sharp scissors. I'm gonna need another piece of felt in the same size for the back off the case To get the exact same size, I marked the edges. Now I can start sewing as I planned. I'm starting with the elastic threat toe. Hold the pencils. I marked the middle of the failed, so my threat will be straight to hold the pencil in place. I'll need 3/4 off pencil to be covered by it. I read the threat around completely, and I measured the 3/4 later I'll use a double threat toe. Attach the elastic because it needs to be strong. There will be constant tension on these stitches. The pins are really helpful to keep everything in place. So in the small pocket for the refills is my next step. I put the pocket into place with pins. I use a thicker 12th and running stage for Boki. Look for let I use a backstage here are moving on to showing the edge with the blanket stage. When I run into a corner, I make three blankets, stages that start at the same spot. You might need to fiddle around a little bit with the stitches to get them in the correct place. I'm nearly done. The only thing I need to do is figure something out to keep my case closed. You might want to do this step earlier on. I have enough place to hide my threats so I choose to do it. Lost. I'm marking the middle of the fells toe attached to beat. I pull on the threat to make sure the whole bead is not at the front. I took the excess threat in the pocket. I create a loop with a Lessig threat to be able to close the case. 6. Assignment: Now it's time to get started on your own project. I'm curious to see what you come up with. Show your concepts, catch and finished case in the project section. You can also add some pictures off your process. I hope you've enjoyed this class. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the community section. Leave a review if you like to. This will help me out. Enjoy sewing and I hope to see you in the next class.