I’ve been pretty obsessed with glitter fabric recently. There’s something about it that makes me super happy… it’s a lot of fun leaving a trail of glitter wherever I go 😀 This week I thought I would show you how I made my glitter fabric pencil case. Isn’t it the greatest?
So, this is actually a really easy diy and it looks fabulous when it’s done. It’s really quick and easy to make as I’ve not added a lining to it, meaning you sew how you see and none of this flipping inside out stuff. Normally I would add a lining, but as this is stiff material and it has a really great cord material on the reverse, it’s not really required. Plus the idea of trying to turn this stuff inside out brings a tear to my eye!
To make your own pencil case / make up bag / glory pouch you’ll need:
a sheet of glitter fabric (good material shops/craft shops sell this, but I got mine online)
a zipper (it needs to be shorter than the length of your glitter bag)
2 little square pieces of material
scissors, an iron and a sewing machine
Start off by making little tabs for each end of your zipper. Do this by taking your fabric squares and folding each side to meet in the middle (like above). Lightly iron so it holds the shape, then fold in again so all the edges are inside (like above left). This means there will be no frayed edges for you. Hooray!
Pop each side of the zipper inside the folds and pin it together. This will neatly hide the ends of the zip and make it easier to attach straight on to your glitter fabric. Pin the sides down and then sew them together. Remember, when using your sewing machine not to stitch over the metal! If you do, you’ll break the needle (and possibly curse a lot!)
Next up, pin the zipper to one side of your glitter fabric as shown above. You must make sure that the sides of the zipper match up the sides of your material, otherwise it’ll look messy and get frayed quickly.
Run the glitter material and zipper through your sewing machine again. I used a straight stitch to do this, which looks a tiny bit wobbly because of the glitter. . . you can barely see it because it’s so shiny and fun though!
Once you’ve attached both sides of your material to the zip, it’ll look something like this. Perfect!
Using some (obvious!) pins, you can pin the glitter fabric together for stitching it closed. Take your time here as you’ll need to match the material together perfectly. If you’re a little squint, you’ll need to trim your bag a little when you’re done (no one likes a goofy edge!).
Sew the last three sides together using a straight stitch again and you’re done!
It’s just perfect, right? And it only took 10 minutes to make!
Now all the stationery in my handbag is hanging out in the cutest pencil case in town. Doesn’t it look like it cost loads of money? And no one else has one! It just gets better and better 🙂
If you have any sewing tips or have other cool makes from glitter fabric we’d love to hear about them!