Back to school is around the corner for NYC public school students. September 9th, is the start of school for many children around the city. Going back to school can be a both exciting and anxiety ridden experience. Having a special project to do with your child before the start of school can help ease the path. I found a great craft on Martha Stewart's website that is perfect for a back to school accessory. Try her felt pencil case craft to ease into the new school year. It's a cute way for your child to carry their pencils.
- Embroidery thread and a needle with a large eye
- Pinking shears
To make a pencil case, cut a 2 1/2-by-18-inch rectangle of felt; fold up bottom 6 inches.
To sew, use embroidery thread and a needle with a large eye. Stitch up the sides with a running stitch: Pass needle up from back to front, then reinsert needle to back; repeat making short stitches. Finish with a knot in back.
Fold over flap; add a button, and snip a buttonhole.
To cover a 3-by-5-inch notebook, cut an 11-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle of felt with pinking shears. Center open book on felt; fold ends over covers. Sew top and bottom edges with a running stitch.
For a closure, sew a button to front and add a thread loop to back.