So you only have a few small felt scraps left and you’d like to sew something easy and quick? Then you are ready for a DIY felt pencil case! Make a simple patchwork and use it to make a colorful back-to-school felt pencil case. So much fun! Here’s an easy sewing tutorial for beginner sewing enthusiasts that will go just perfectly with the super simple sewn notebook tutorial from a while ago.
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I loved every minute of making it and I think you will too. It will surely add a touch of sunshine to the new school year!
Felt Pencil Case
This DIY felt pencil case is one of the few pieces that allows you to complete the project even after you’ve searched through the stash and realized that you’ve run out of nearly all felt. Also a great scrap buster! It’s easy to make and it looks cute – with just like half-an-hour of your time and a few small pieces of felt. Let’s have a closer look and see how to start.
- a few small pieces of leftover felt from previous projects (or get it at Create For Less)
- sewing machine or a needle
- a button
- sewing thread
Felt Pencil Pouch Tutorial
MAKE A FELT STRIPE
Dimensions of the rectangle required for the felt pencil case: 4inch by 18 inch (for standard size of pencils) For example, I used these pieces of felt:
2) Sew the pieces together. Topstitching is optional, but makes the finished pencil case look better.
1) You’ll hem one narrow end of the stripe (here, the yellow part). I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance and made two straight stitches to make a firm hem. (Don’t use a twin needle! More on that later.)
2) Fold the rectangle up approximately 6 inches (or measure against the pencils if yours are not a standard size). The tips of the color pencils will peek out from the case when open, like in the photo above. Talk easy-to-find!
3) To make a flap for the felt pencil case, you’ll fold it twice. The photo is kind of self-explanatory. Just make sure the pencil case flap makes an overlap of at least an inch (but preferrably two). If not, you won’t be able to use the button for closing the pencil case.
4) Now, when hemming the flap end, I want you to sew two straight stitches 4 to 6 mm apart – see the photo. You’ll soon see why!
6) Simply fold the flap in half (lengthwise) and cut into the space between the straight sttiches. Mind the size of the button you’ll use for the pencil case. You’ve just cut a button hole.
Want more tutorials + patterns?
Or, if you feel like it, browse through my other PDF patterns on Craftsy. You might find a few really cute and easy new PDF patterns for your projects. Or …go straight to one of my most popular PDF patterns – a tiny and cute zipper pouch: