Using LiEr's Sew Mama Sew tutorial, I made a pencil case for my preschool-bound niece. I didn't make my own piping, I just used store-bought white piping. I also didn't use the interfacing like she suggested, but I think it turned out just right for my niece!
I filled the case up with Crayola twistables, got her a pad of paper, and put it all in her newly personalized backpack. She's ready for preschool now! Best wishes, G.