It is time for back to school, and we are always looking for something quick and inexpensive to make for that special person headed back to the classroom. We absolutely love this time of year when all the new school supplies are on the shelves. It is fun strolling through the aisles just looking at the new notebooks, pens and pencils, and everything to store them in.
In July when they started putting the school supplies out, we took an afternoon and hit the shops, just to look. We found a lot of different pouches, cases, and backpacks. That gave us the idea to come up with this in-the-hop project that you can easily create using your Hatch Embroidery software and personalize it for that special little person in your life. It only takes about 30 minutes once you get started!
Make It In The Hoop
You can make this entire case on your embroidery machine. We are providing step-by-step instructions with lots of pictures as well as the embroidery design file in .EMB that you can open in your Hatch Embroidery software, alter and then export to your required machine format (See previous blog post on File Formats). We also included various other machine formats in the download.
The finished size of this pencil case is 3.5 in. x 8.5 in. (89mm x 216 mm). All you have to do is to gather your supplies and you are ready to go!
You will find a link at the end of this article to access the instructions and the FREE design files.
Gather Your Supplies
It is always best to gather all your supplies before you start. Here is a quick list of the main supplies for this project. Request the instructions for the full detailed list at the end of this article.
You can use all one fabric or 4 different ones.You can use clear vinyl for one side if you want to see what is inside the pencil case.
1 piece 7.5 in x 3.5 in (190 mm x 89 mm)
1 piece 7.5 in x 9 in (190 mm x 229 mm)
2 pieces 7.5 in x 11 in (190 mm x 280 mm)
Stabilizer: Wash away mesh stabilizer
Zipper: at least 7 inches (178 mm)
Thread: Embroidery thread of choice
Temporary Adhesive of choice
Scissors – embroidery and regular
Ribbon and latch of choice (optional) for the “tab”
Instructions & Embroidery Design
Download the tutorial with the instructions and the design file at the end of this article.
The minimum Software requirement for this project is Hatch Embroidery Customizer. It is needed for changing the lettering/name.
Skill Level Required
Basic sewing skills are required for all Hatch Embroidery in-the-hoop projects. While they are simple from an embroidery design point, they do require the user to know how to sew. You should know basic embroidery and sewing terms. These projects are not suitable for someone who does not know how to sew or is just beginning to sew.
Embroidery Hoop to fit design (on most machines you will need a hoop with a sewing field at least 100 mm x 220 mm (4 in x 9 in)
Make Changes To The Design In Your Hatch Embroidery Software
Open the .EMB design file in you Hatch Embroidery software. Click on the name in the design and type the desired name. Save the design as an .EMB file when you finished making your changes.
Note: The name and the various lines are digitized in a different color in the software to force a color stop before and after. This will make it easier for you to make changes in the software or just skip this color if you do not want to stitch a name. You do not have to use a different color. We used the same color for the whole design on ours.
Export The Design To Your Machine Format
When finished making your changes, first save to your .EMB file. Then you will need to export the design to your machine format. This is very easy in the Hatch software. Simply click on “Output Design” toolbox > Export Design. (See previous blog post on File Formats).
You Are Ready To Create Your In-The-Hoop Pencil Case!
Download the tutorial with the instructions and pictures and the embroidery design in .EMB and various other machine file formats at the bottom of this post.
Simply follow the step-by-step directions and you will quickly have a new personalized pencil case or two.
Once we got started on this project, we came up with a lot of other ideas for using the same design and just changing the fabric. Or resizing and reshaping the case for many more uses such as:
- Make-up brush pouch – why haven't we thought of this before!
- Teacher appreciation gift – add a few cute pencils and a gift card for that wonderful teacher to say “thank you”,
- Money change pouch,
- A case for those special “hidden treasures” you like to keep with you but out of sight.
We also had a cheeky look on the internet and found dozens of cute applications. Here are some of our favorites:
Don't you think these bags are cute? Imagine putting in your team name or initials using your Hatch Embroidery.
When you finish your project share it with us! We would absolutely love to see your ideas. You can comment at the end of this blog, email to email@example.com or share them on the Hatch Facebook page.
Kim and the Hatch Embroidery Team
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