Being a parent, we all know the importance of personalizing ALL OF THE THINGS for back-to-school. Everything has to have a name, word, or something handmade somewhere that will make it stand out and easily identified amongst the other 30 items that will otherwise appear to be exactly the same in the classroom. If you don’t, you end up with a child crying because their item has gone missing in the first week and you have to go replace it. Already!
As my kids get older though, they don’t really want their name splashed across everything, but how cute would this embroidered case be for an elementary student with their name on it? Because all the fun font and color combinations are flooding through my mind and I want to make them in so many different options. Instead, I’m opting to hashtag everything, or use acronyms that my kids would use.
I am pretty sure my daughter won’t end up using this case for pencils and classroom supplies though, but instead for her P.E. locker to put her hairbrush, lip balm, hair ties, sunscreen, and deodorant in.
Personalize a Pencil Case – what you need:
- A fabric pencil pouch works best. I found this plain one at the craft store for under $4
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Either a stencil or tshirt transfer paper
- Fabric marker (optional)
If you have a specific font that you want to use I recommend using tshirt transfer paper for this project. You can use a service such as PicMonkey.com to create the word in the font you like. Just remember to flip (or create a mirror image) of the word before printing and ironing it onto the fabric.
The other option if you have letter stencils at home is to use a fabric marker that disappears to stencil the word onto your fabric – some will vanish in a couple of days, others will vanish with water.
Use a basic outline stitch to embroider over the design you’ve created. You can get as creative as you like with colors.
Older kids can even embroider their own bag.