I sure love felt.
And since school has recently started, I decided to use my felt collection to make some pencil pouches for my family.
A friend of mine recently had a "School-Year's Eve" party with her kids the night before school started (such a cute idea that I think I'm going to try next year since school has already started here.) I had the idea to maybe use these pencil pouches each year to put surprises in on the night before school starts--kind of like Christmas Stockings!!
So, here's how to make them:
First, cut out 2 rectangles out of orange or yellow felt. I cut mine appx. 11" x 4", but these can be any size you want!
Lay the 2 rectangles on top of each other and cut one end into the tip of the pencil. On the other end, round the corners for the eraser:
Next, get your fabric glue!
Lift up the top piece and put glue around the outer edge of the rectangle (3 sides only. Don't glue the pouch shut!) :)
Cut 2 rectangles out of light pink felt, and round the corners on one side, so it looks like an eraser. Put glue on it and put it on the end of the pencil:
Use whatever color you want and cut out 2 long strips. Put glue on it and put it on right next to the eraser:
Next, cut out 2 rectangles using off-white felt. Put glue on the tip of the pencil and place one of the rectangles on:
Then glue on a piece of black felt on the tip:
Then trim the tip, and look at your awesome felt pencil!
If you want, you can just glue stuff onto the front side, but I decided to do the back as well.
The surprises I'm putting in the pouches for the boys are a little notebook, pencil, fruit snacks, and a car.
LL gets a package of new pacifiers. :)
Stuff 'em in!
Or instead of using them for surprises, you could use it as an actual pencil case, or BOTH!!!
And here are all 3 that I made for the kiddos:
School has already started here (so early!!!) and so I'm going to maybe give these to the kids this weekend to celebrate the end of LM's first full week of school, and the beginning of me doing "preschool" with LB next week (more on that later), and LL just being so darn cute. :)
And I made a special big one for Daddy that I'm going to put some goodies in when he starts school in a couple weeks--to celebrate his LAST YEAR OF SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!! :):):) Yippee!
(PS. If you don't want to MAKE pencil pouches but want to do the fun tradition of filling something with goodies the first day of school.....you could just BUY some really cute pencil pouches! Easy and just as fun!!)