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Easy Pencil Case Project

Free pencil case project for beginners

Perfect for holding all your pens and pencils and ideal to sew for the kids’ school bags in their favourite fabrics! This easy pencil case project is quick and simple to sew.

Gutermann fabric for making a pencil case

You will need

Fat eighth of fabric for outer case – we used two different fabrics from the Gutermann ‘Circus’ range.

Fat eighth of fabric for the lining – Gutermann ‘Circus’

Zip at least 9” long



1/4 inch seam allowance used throughout unless otherwise stated.

How to shorten a zip

TIP: If your zip is too long you can shorten it. Mark 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric piece you want to use – for this project where the zip measures 8 1/2 inches. Set up your machine to do a wide zig-zag with a very short length and check the needle won’t hit the zip teeth by using your hand to turn the sewing machine wheel. Stitch a few times to make a new zip stop and then cut the zip at the 9 inch point.

Fabric for making a pencil case

To Sew

Cut the fabrics as follows –

2 pieces 5 1/2 x 9 inches wide for pencil case outer (we used two different fabrics)

2 pieces 5 1/2 x 9 inches wide for lining

How to sew a zip

Take your zip and place it right sides together onto the long edge of one of the main fabric pieces. Attach your zip foot and stitch the zip to the fabric.

How to make a pencil case

Repeat for the other main piece of fabric and attach the other half of the zip.

Beginner's sewing projects with zips

Place a piece of lining fabric with right side down on top of the main fabric piece (wrong side up), sandwiching the zip between the two pieces, then sew along the same line as before.

How to make your own pencil case

Do the same for the second piece of lining.

How to topstitch

Topstitch close to the top of the pencil case on both sides to secure the layers.

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Open the zip about half way and then fold the pencil case with right sides together for both the outer case and the lining, making sure the zip teeth are folded towards the lining.

Leave a 2-3 inch gap at the lining edge and then stitch all the way around the pencil case.

Clip the corners avoiding the stitching.

Turn out the pencil case and poke the corners with a turning tool.

Ladder stitching a gap closed

Secure the lining edge by folding the edges in and slipstitch the edge – I like to do this by hand. Alternatively, stitch on your machine to close the gap.

Push the lining inside the pencil case and it’s finished!

Pencil case sewing tutorial for beginners
Sewing with children - pencil case project

For more easy to make sewing projects visit our free projects page and click the beginner’s tag.