Diy Pencil Case - Easy And Quick!

Sew a cute diy pencil case using this super easy tutorial. Who couldn't use a fun pencil case?! Fill it with a few cute sharpies or pencils, and you've got a great diy back-to-school gift! See how to make one in 10 minutes - or less!
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With the new school year nearly here, I am making a few easy pencil cases. More than easy. I'll show you how to make the QUICKEST, SIMPLEST pencil case I've ever sewn. One you can whip up in minutes, and are cute, practical and make a great back-to-school gift. How cool is that!

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Simple, slim, and stylish. A great diy gift for so many occasions! Think teenagers, back to college, teachers, office workers, someone who likes cute things (me! you!), in short, nearly everyone.

The finished size is 8 1/2" by 3 1/2" (21 x 9 cm)

Diy Pencil Case

It should take you less than 10 minutes once you've selected your fabric. Let's do it! Let's get our sewing machines ready for a few stitching lines.
diy pencil case


This is what you'll need:
  • a 7" by 9" (18 x 23cm) piece of medium to heavy-weight material (preferably non-fraying), see below
  • optional: a 3 1/2" by 1 1/2" scrap piece for pull tab (9 x 4cm)
  • a standard 8" (20cm) nylon-coil zipper size #3
  • matching thread, sewing machine, scissors and sewing clips


I used this microsuede upholstery fabric, it has a very smooth suede surface and is perfect for upholstery. Instead of redoing my chairs, I've been sewing these zipper wallets and these bags from it. It's a perfect, soft-to-the-touch, easy cleaning material that's way easier to sew with than faux leather or vinyl! (And now you know my little secret, lol!)

But basically,
  • anything that's a heavier than quilting cotton
  • Ideal case, also something that won't fray if the edges are left unfinished. (non-fraying upholstery fabric or faux leather
  • if it frays, say, if you use denim or home-decor fabric, just zigzag around the main piece first. 
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Sewing Tutorial

  1. You won't need a pencil case pattern. Cut two rectangles: one 7" by 9" (18 x 23cm) and the other  3 1/2" by 1 1/2" (9 x 4cm). The length of the large piece should be equal to the total length of your zipper (incl. zipper tape). NOTE: If your material frays, run a zigzag stitch all around the larger piece.
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  2. How to sew a zipper: Place your main piece right-side-up and place the zipper right-side-down, along the top long edge. Attach sewing clips to hold in place and stitch.
    how to sew a zipper
  3. Flip the sewn zipper right-side-up.
    how to sew a zipper
  4. Place the other zipper edge along the remaining long fabric edge, so they are right-sides-together again.
    how to sew a zipper
  5. Stitch.
    how to sew a zipper
  6. What you'll get it a tube-like structure, make sure to unzip it at least half-way. Very important!
    how to sew a pencil case
  7. Now, make the (optional) pull tab. Fold the two long edges of the small piece towards the right side, and then fold again along the center. Then topstitch along each edge - see the photos below.
    how to sew a pencil case
  8. Fold the pull tab in half and slide it between the right sides of the main piece, half an inch or so below the zipper line. NOTE: the loop should face inwards.
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  9. Fold the sides so the zipper is on top. You've only got two stitching lines to do on each side, but first, see the detail below: to avoid pinched zipper ends, pin the zipper tape so it is facing AWAY from the fabric. Like this:
    pencil case sewing
  10. Stitch the sides closed, securing the stitches at beginning and end. (I usually backstitch, just a little)
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  11. Turn right-side-out through the half-way open zipper. To push the corners out, you can use a knitting needle or a chopstick.
    diy pencil case

Now, that was easy, wasn't it! You've made a cute slim pencil pouch, and now you can sew up a few more as back-to-school gifts, or teacher appreciation gifts. Or, if you're like me and fall in love with every little zipper pouch you spot, make tons of them so you get to keep at least a few to yourself!

This is a great scrap buster project. These slim and stylish diy pencil cases can be used for everything! It will fit a few pens, or a small pack of tissues plus lipgloss and a key, you can even make a set of them, connect them using a keyholder ring and fill them with little toys and games for the next road trip with kids.

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If you liked this tutorial, make sure to check out 20 more back to school projects I've got for you here on the blog. And 9 of them are brand new sewing tutorials and free patterns, posted on the same day as these diy pencil cases, all by my friends, fellow sewing bloggers - we've decided to make your back-to-school fun and easy!

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Or ...check out one more of my projects that could be great as a back-to-school gift to make for an older kid - the TEYA crossbody bag pattern in the shop:

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  1. I am loving the microsuede fabric, i've never sewn with it - time to treat myself I think!!