How to Make a Pencil Case (pt. 2 pencil roll)

Hello everyone! Last Wednesday I showed you how to make a rectangle pencil case; so today, I am here to show you how to make a pencil roll.

This is a pretty simple project, so let’s get started.DSC_0049 (2)


  • fabric (preferably cotton)
  • ribbon
  • optional lace or trim

Start by cutting out one 20″ by 9 1/2 ” piece of the fabric you want to be on the outside of the roll. Then out the fabric you want to be on the inside cut out one 20″ by 9 1/2″ and one 20″ by 6″ rectangle.

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Then on the smaller lining piece fold the long side over 1/2 ” and hem.DSC_0058 (2)

If you want to add a trim to the inside pockets, sew it to the hemmed edge.

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Then place the small piece on top of the larger piece of inside fabric, making sure the edges are lined up.

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Then place the outside fabric right sides down on top.

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Fold your length of ribbon in half and place it so that it lines up with the top of the pocket piece. Make sure it is between the outside layer and inside layer.

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I actually place my ribbon upside down.

Then place your outside fabric back down on top and pin the whole pile in place.

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Then sew around all four sides leaving an opening along the bottom.

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Turn it inside out through the opening. Be sure you push out all the corners.

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But wait there’s still an opening in the bottom!

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To fix this stitch very close to the edge along all four sides.

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Now the time consuming part.

On the side with the pocket place pins 1 1/2″ apart along the bottom.

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*These will become the individual pockets for the pencils so you can make them as big or as small as you need but I found that this worked best.

Then add another row of pins (still the same width apart) where the pocket ends. And then again at the top.

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Then sew along each vertical row of pins creating the pockets.

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Now you can put your pencils (or pens or paint brushes or other things) in to it and roll it up!

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Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next week!


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