In case you haven’t noticed, it’s back-to-school month! I’m actually kind of in shock at how early some schools start – here in Alabama schools already started this week! We’re about to move back to Utah, where my oldest son is starting kindergarten the last Tuesday of the month. I’m thankful I get to have a little extra time with him before he’ll be gone half the day.

In honor of all the children going back to school, I have created the ultimate list of do-it-yourself pencil pouches. My goal in creating this list was to compile all of the pencil pouches, bags, cases, and other types of bags that could work for pencils into one location, and have it nicely organized, so if you want to create a pencil case you can easily pick a pattern that inspires you and go for it. There are so many tutorials out there, and I am sure I have missed some! If you come across a tutorial for a pencil case (or make one yourself) and would like it featured on this post, please shoot me an email (sunni (at) sewingblue.com) so that I can add it to this list. It is the “ultimate” list after all!

Jump to each section using these links, or just browse below. There is a link at the bottom of each section to here for easy searching.

Standard flat case with zipper at top
Flat case + double pockets
Flat case + different closure or zipper placement
Boxed corners
Boxed case
Cylinders
Cute Critters
Unique Shapes
Roll-ups
3-Ring Pouches
Decorate an existing pouch
No-sew
For purchase

 

Standard flat case with zipper at top

It’s such a simple shape: two rectangle sides with a zipper at the top, lined or not-lined. Yet as you can see below, there are so many varieties of this standard shape! Add some different fabric blocks, a fun print, or even some lace or pom poms if you’re going for girly. So many takes on the same basic pencil case!

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Flat case + double pockets

Similar to the standard shape, these beauties feature not one but two pockets! Perfect for separating pens from pencils, markers from crayons, etc.

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Flat case + different closure or zipper placement

If you prefer a different sort of flat case to house your writing utensils, maybe one of these will work for you? All of these are flat but the closure is different than the standard zipper at the top of the case.

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Boxed corners

These are my personal favorite. The boxed corners on the cases give them a little extra personality. There’s so much variation you can do on these too depending on how much you box the bottom and place the zipper. Love it!

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Boxed case

Perhaps you want to go all out and box the whole thing up? That’s what these lovely ladies have done to their pencil bags, and they turned out great!

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Cylinders

Sometimes straight lines just don’t cut it and you need something circular, like a cylinder! These are quite easy to make too which makes it all the better.

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Cute Critters

From sharks to kitties, all of these pencil cases will delight any animal lover of any age. The owners of these posts are so creative! How fun would it be to pull a pencil out of a squid?

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Unique Shapes

Animals and other creatures aren’t the only things that can make unique bags. All of these are sure to turn heads and be the envy of all your children’s classmates!

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Roll-ups

I sold Mary Kay for a few months one summer, and my favorite thing I got out of it was my travel roll-up bag. Rolled-up containers keep things nicely separated for those who need a little more organization.

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3-Ring Pouches

I love the idea of putting hooks on a pencil bag to be able to store inside of your binder. I mean, if you use your binder, that’s where the writing utensils should be stored anyway, right? Makes sense, and these are some wonderful ways to do it!

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Decorate an existing pouch

Don’t think you need to make a new bag from scratch to give it some personality. All of these beauties have been modified from plain pencil pouches and turned into works of wonder, just with a few extra details.

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No-sew

If you don’t have a sewing machine, or just don’t feel like busting it out, these options are for you! From repurposed soda bottles to using candy wrappers, there’s bound to be something for you here.

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For purchase

Not feeling like sewing but still want a unique pencil case? Or care to try and recreate another creation not featured above? These beauties below are all available for purchase.

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