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By Wunderlabel on 07/21/2020

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Great for school, university or the office: A pencil case is the perfect way to store your pens, small office accessories and even make-up. It doesn’t take up much space and stops small items from getting lost in your handbag or backpack. And this rectangular pencil case is super easy to make with the Wunderlabel Pencil Case Sewing Pattern!

Let us show you how to make your own in just a few steps with our pencil case free pattern. Customise the fabric and materials for an elegant, glamorous, cute or playful design. Add a matching label to embellish your self-made pencil case and give it a professional finish. This case will also make a perfect present for the beginning of the school term.

Our finished pencil case measures 26 x 8.5 x 5 cm.
Let’s get started!


You will need the following for your pencil case DIY project:

  • Patterned fabric for the outside of the pencil case and the lining
  • A 33cm  zipper, or zipper tape and a matching zipper pull
  • Interfacing – we used Decovil Light interfacing, but you could substitute with another firm non-woven interfacing
  • Thread in a matching colour
  • A personalised leather label

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Cut your fabric – you will need two pieces of each fabric to sew your rectangular pencil case, both measuring 33 x 15cm. We are using the blue fabric for the outside of our pencil case and the white fabric for the lining. You also need to cut two
rectangles the same size from your interfacing.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Interface your fabric by ironing it to the wrong side of the fabric you’re using for the outside of your pencil case. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for ironing time and temperature. If using zipper tape, thread the zipper pull onto the tape. Sew the
open ends of the zipper together with a zigzag stitch to stop them moving around.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Place the zipper right side up on top of a piece of lining fabric, also right side up. Place a piece of outer fabric right side down on top of this, sandwiching the zipper in between the two pieces of fabric. Line up the edges and pin together – you could also
use clips, or better still some double-sided tape to hold the zipper in place.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Using a zipper presser foot on your sewing machine, sew the zipper sandwich together. Use a seam allowance of 0.75cm – you’ll need to stop part way with the needle in the fabric to wriggle the zipper pull past the presser foot.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Press both pieces of fabric away from the zipper and topstitch close to the seam. Again, you’ll probably need to stop part way to move the zipper pull to the other end of the zip.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Repeat the process with the other two pieces of fabric on the other side of the zipper.
Topstitch this side too.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Line up the long raw edges of all four pieces of fabric with the outer fabric right sides together. Sew together with a seam allowance of 1 cm. Finish the edge of the seam to stop it fraying, either by using pinking shears or by overlocking the edge.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Flatten the pouch out, so that both ends of the zipper are directly over the seam with the lining fabric outwards. Open your zipper half way – this is important, as otherwise you won’t be able to turn your pencil case the right way out when you’re finished! Sew across both ends with a seam allowance of 1 cm. Again, finish the seam with pinking shears or overlocking.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Flatten out one end of the pouch, lining up the side and the end seam. Draw a line across the corner, perpendicular to the end seam. Your line should be 5cm long, with the central seam right in the middle of the line. Repeat for the other corner and sew along both lines. Finish the seams as before, cutting off the extra triangle of fabric.

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

Repeat the process to box the other end of the pouch and then turn the pouch the right way out.

And last but not least, attach a pretty leather label as a finishing touch. You have now completed the pencil case DIY project!

Tutorial: Pencil Case - DIY

We hope that you enjoyed our Pencil Case Sewing Tutorial! Show us your creation on Instagram using #wunderlabel. We look forward to seeing how you did!

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