I’m not a big fan of sewing. No matter how many times, my mother has tried to teach me. I just can’t get the hang of it. I don’t have the patience and am constantly looking for shortcuts to finish the work. Which inevitably leads to the item falling apart. That’s why, I usually gravitate towards no sew DIYs. They give me a sense of satisfaction (like saying haha I can make stuff with a needle and thread!). We’ve worked on a few non sewing products. But, this no sew DIY pencil case / pouch took it up a notch as this was something I use everyday!
Budget: Low / Medium
Time Taken: 1 hour
1. Fold the canvas sheet in half, till you have the size you want and cut off the excess.
2. Place a paper over the portion where you want the text to appear and write out the word / message.
3. Apply lines of double sided tape on the back of the paper, without overlapping the tape.
4. Cut out the letters and place them over the canvas. Once you have the placement you need, peel off the tape and stick the cutouts in place.
5. Next, use an old toothbrush, which you’re never going to reuse to spray paint over the canvas. Mix up the colors as much as possible, without letting the brush touch the canvas surface. Make sure to spray very close to the cutouts to get the maximum possible impact.
6. This is the best part! After the paint has dried out, peel off the letters. I get excited every time, I see the word formed on the canvas.
7. Apply a thin layer of glue on the upper side of the zip and below the top of the canvas. Paste the two together and keep them under some heavy books to dry. This will take somewhere around 15 – 20 minutes.
8. Similarly paste the sides of the pouch and press it under a few books.
9. Paste the bottom half of the pouch to the upper side of the zip. And, press to complete.
10. Cut off an excess edges that are poking out.
- Not use any water when spray painting. It will definitely smudge.
- Keep the message / word bold. Thin lines are much more difficult to work with.
- Let the paint / glue dry completely at every stage or the pouch will fall apart.
- Stretch the canvas when sticking or lines / bubbles will form.
I’ll admit, the finish on this no sew pencil case / pouch isn’t the best. I tried to rush through some of the stages and that’s never a good idea. So, take your time and the pencil case will turn out, even better.
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