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.
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!
Bow Front Clutch by Polka Dot Chair
Washi Tape Pencil Pouch by Alisa Burke
DIY- Coloring Book Fabrics by Damask Love
DIY Tutorial – Fringe Clutch by Sew DIY
Capri Sun Pencil Case by Spread Joy Jennuine
Make All The Zipper Pouches by Fall for DIY
Ruffle Zip Pouches by See Kate Sew
DIY Pencil Case Zippy Pouch by Being Busy Jennifer
DIY Denim Zipper Case by Cut Out and Keep
Hand-Stitched Home & DIY Pendleton Laptop Sleeve by Design Sponge
DIY Necktie Zip Pouch by Polka Dot Chair
Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case by Vicky Mysers Creations
15 Minute Zipper Pouch by Melly Sews
The World’s Fastest Pencil Case by Thread Riding Hood
Zippered Pencil Bag Pattern by Crazy Little Projects
How to Make a Zipper Lined Pouch by Skip To My Lou
How to Sew a Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Peekaboo Pages
Monogrammed Leather Dropp Kit by Polka Dot Chair
Notebook Paper Zipper Pencil Pouch by Melly Sews
DIY Makeup Bag by Stasbb
DIY Studded Zipper Pouch by Say Yes
DIY Pencil Case by Ruche
DIY Makeup Pouch by Pottery Barn
How to Make A Zipper Pencil Pouch by Positively Splendid
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.
Free Pencil / Glasses Case Pattern by Ginger Melon Dolls
F is for Flat Pencil Pouch by Thats My Letter
How to Make a Pencil Case by E How
Charmed Pencil Pouch by Sweet Verbena
Felt Pencil Case by Martha Stewart
Personalized Pencil Case Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings
Color Me Fabric Pencil Pouch by Craftiness is Not Optional
Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Mary Martha Mama
Easiest Zipper Pouch Tutorial by My Heart Will Sew On
How to Make a Pencil Case by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
Easy Sew Pencil Case Tutorial No Zipper Needed by Threading My Way
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!
Zippered Pouch Sewing Video Tutorial by Pattydoo
Sewing 101 Zipper Case by Design Sponge
Cosmetic Pouch Bag by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
How to Make a Pen Case by Mairuru
A Polka Dot Pouch by Polka Dot Chair
DIY Oilcloth Makeup Bag by Lia Griffith
Pencil Case Strawberry Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
Sew a Color Pop Zipper Pouch by Haber Dashery Fun
DIY Neon Painted Pencil Case by Dear Handmade Life
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.
Pencil Patchwork Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
A DIY Rollup Organizer for Back to School by Paper N Stitch
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!
Back to School Pencil Case by One Golden Apple
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case Sewing Tutorial by The Cottage Mama
Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder by Little House in the Suburbs
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.