## Ink Pencil Case
**Fashion Design / Handcrafting**
Until I noticed how
[negative IKEA's image](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKEA#Criticisms) was, I still had material from that source in
stock. For example, some table runners I bought to learn about
tailoring. To learn how to use a sewing machine at all, I chose a
very simple project. A friend has such a nice pencil case or pencil
case for her brushes, which you can take with you when you travel.
That's what I wanted, just for my pens, graphite pens and notebooks.
Of course I could have ordered a pencil case on the net, but in the
last few weeks my opinion has changed a bit.
It's kind of off. I looked at some more cases on the Internet,
but the design of them all is very similar. I didn't want to have a
pattern or other elements on it, but only a case in which I can
store everything, so that it doesn't break, and it should look
It does not matter which sewing machine is used. However, we
should choose one that is suitable for beginners or does not have
hundreds of functions. People who buy a machine usually want the best
deal with the most features, etc. You can do that. But this is
unnecessary, because a sewing machine only needs to be good at one
thing. Sewing. For the first projects we should not buy anything and
borrow the technology from a friend. Maybe we notice that the tailoring
doesn't suit us and then we have something we bought in the cellar
that we never touch again or throw in the trash at some point. There
need not be a waste of money and natural resources. In summary, we need
a good sewing machine, pins, scissors and the table runner.
First we [read the fucking manual](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTFM) completely,
then we read it a second time if we
have skipped something. We then check whether everything on our machine
is set to standard and whether there is enough material, i.e. yarn on
the bobbins. I'm really picky and so should you, because there's
nothing worse than having to put in new thread when sewing. This
unnecessarily undermines the workflow.
We shorten our table runner to a length of 6100 mm (610mm / 25.4
= 24.015748031"). This gives us a suitable length for pens, ink pens
and notebooks. For shortening we use scissors and cut as straight as
possible along an edge. Whether you mark this beforehand with tailor's
chalk or use a wooden ruler is up to you.
In the next step we will fold and sew over the fuzzy edge. This
will give us a clean and straight edge later on, which can no longer
be distinguished from an industrially produced seam. Before we can
start sewing, we have to lift the presser foot to be able to underlay
our fabric. We have to make sure that our yarn cannot knot anywhere
or get tangled in individual components. Again, the more tidy you
work, the less you have to deal with rework or errors or
We adjust our sewing machine to the right side so that
we can sew at the edge. This helps us to have a clean and
straight seam, as we only have to sew along the edge with
the sewing foot. We sew once forwards/upwards and then press
the reverse switch. This means that we can trace the same path
back again and do not have to turn the material we work with.
At this point we really have to work properly, because if both
seams do not lie exactly over each other, it will inevitably look
bad and messy. This also requires a lot of practice with the
machine and confidence in one's own abilities.
To make our work even easier, we attach both edges with
safety pins that prevent the fabrics from slipping. These
cannot be overstitched and must always be pulled out shortly
before. We have to practice again here. It should be avoided
to stop the actual sewing process and it is best to carry out
both operations at the same time. Now that we have finished
the first page, we have to decide how we want to proceed.
There are no precise instructions here and I prefer to start
on the right and then work my way to the left, but everyone has
to find their own style here. We can put on the compartments
as we would like to have it. It is helpful to insert a pen or
feather in between before sewing. This makes it easier to
estimate the distance between the individual seams.
There will always be some flaws in a first work. That's
quite normal. Sewing is really a matter of practice and you
have to try a lot to find your personal working style. Of
course you also have to learn the craft, the traditions and
the theory. Nevertheless, his own handwriting is the hallmark
of his work. You should also always try out ideas and expect
that they may not look as good as you imagined. But that
shouldn't keep you from being curious, creative and open to
the tailoring trade. The industry makes the mass products, we
care about individually and with
[love manufactured pieces](https://www.instructables.com/howto/sewing/), which
are to address humans on a personal level.