DIY Cloth Pencil Case

This easy fabric pencil case not only looks great, but it is also very functional. It prevents pencils from breaking so quickly and keeps them organized. Children also love to put pencils in the pockets which makes them tidier. Use whatever fabric scrap you have to make this pencil case for your little one! The size of our finished one is 12 x 25 cm but you can customize it and make it as big or small as you want.

You will need

  • Fabric – we use one for the lining and a different one for the exterior and pockets.
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic
  • Interlining – we have used S320, a lightweight, non-woven interlining. Another option would be the Pellon Craft Fuse.

Cut the fabric – you will need two pieces measuring 14 x 27cm for the interior and lining of the pencil case, and one-piece measuring 16 x 27cm for the pocket. You will also need a piece of interfacing that measures 14 x 27cm. Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of the lining piece, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Fold the pocket in half, wrong sides together, press the crease and stitch near the edge.

Fold the pocket in half

Position the pocket near the bottom of the lining, the right sides together, and the edges aligned. Mark a 3.5cm line from one of the short edges. Continue marking lines 2.5cm apart from each other along with the pocket – the last line should be 3.5cm from the short edge.

short edge

If you add a label, sew it to the pocket piece (do not sew the lining) 0.5cm from the line and 1cm from the top of the pocket. Sew the pocket and lining along the lines. You can either topstitch the top of the lines or sew a zigzag to secure the top edge of the pocket. Cut a piece of elastic 18cm long and sew the lining at the end of one of the short sides, just above the pocket. The elastic should be facing the lining with the edges aligned.

sew it to the pocket piece

Pin the outer piece and the lining piece with the pocket all together, right sides together. Sew around the edge, using a 1cm seam allowance and leaving an 8cm hole to flip. Don’t forget to stitch before and after turning it over.

Cut the corners of the pencil, being careful not to cut the stitches. This will help you in the next step.

Cut the corners of the pencil
Cut the corners of the pencil

Flip the pencil case over and press down gently. Put a pin in the hole with the seam allowance folded in. Seam the length of the case to close the edge. This will close your hole.

Put a pin in the hole with the seam


Finished DIY Cloth Pencil Case

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