10 Easy Steps to a Handmade Pencil Case

Sherri Sylvester

My aim has always been to try to sew a small gift to send home as a goody bag at our birthday parties – something useful, and home-made. Of course it also needs to cover off being quick, easy and cost effective! (This one can take less than 15 minutes to make!) Imagine sending everyone home with a pencil case. This one has simple straight seams made with standard basic sewing machine stitches. It doesn’t even use a special zipper foot! Use black and white fabric, add some fabric markers and you’ve created a “super mom worthy” handmade craft project to give away.

The possibilities for this pouch are endless beyond parties. Pencil case, makeup or jewellery pouch for a teacher or co-worker. Even your father-in-law could benefit from adding one to his luggage set, depending on your fabric choice of course!

This zippered pouch is perfect for the beginner sewist, or if you would like a quick project to make with your kids. It has 10 steps from beginning to end! If you have never installed a zipper before this is the way to go. You will be surprised at how easy it is, and how awesome it looks when it’s done. You can do it!




World's Fasted Pencil Case - a Fun and Simple Sewing DIY Project - Great party favor idea!

Sherri Sylvester has been writing about sewing at Thread Riding Hood since 2012 can’t imagine ever doing anything else! She grew up with a mom who sewed, like her mother before her. It was something she did on occasion until her oldest daughter was born – then it proceeded to get a bit out of control, in a good way! The many DIY bloggers fed her obsession and she was hooked. Sherri spends her days surrounded by fabric, her camera, computer and sewing machine. There isn’t a day that goes by that she don’t touch something handmade - bags, clothing, home decor, quilts and lots of things for her kids. Most of it ends up on the blog - many of them with a tutorial, so much so that the tutorial list contains 60+ free projects and patterns. She feels fortunate to be able to be there for her girls when they are home from school, and to work at home everyday alongside her husband, who also owns his own business. Sherri loves Smarties, wavy chips with dip and warm homemade chocolate chip cookies (dipped in milk!). She also loves the smell of my local quilt shops, and the feel of newly purchased unwashed fabric along with the possibility it brings.