How to Sew a Pencil Case

Hello WeAllSew readers,

It’s Minki Kim, and you can find me on Instagram @zeriano and I also design fabric for Riley Blake Designs and I have my own line of sewing patterns. You can also find my video tutorials on my YouTube channel,  that I upload new tutorials every Monday and Thursday.

I am excited to share this fun Pencil Case today.

Finished size: 8″ wide x 5 1/2″ height x 2″ deep

Materials to Sew the Pencil Case

  • Pouch exterior: one (1) 8 3/4”W x 8”H
  • Pouch lining: two(2) 8 3/4”W x 4 1/4”H
  • Fusible interfacing: one (1) 8 3/4”W x 8”H, two (2) 8 3/4”W x 4 1/4”H
  • Zipper: 8”, metal zipper


Steps to Sew the Pencil Case

  1. Fuse the interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the exterior and lining panels.
  2. With right sides down and zipper pull left, center the zipper and pin in place. Change to a zipper foot and stitch the zipper.
  3. Layer the lining panel on the zipper and stitch with right sides together, aligning long raw edges.
  4. Bring both panels away from the zipper and press. Topstitch using a 1/8” seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end.Note: Do NOT stitch both 1/4” ends.
  5. Bring the exterior panel bottom edge up and align with the top zipper tape. Pin and place and stitch along the pinned edge.
  6. With the wrong side up, stitch the remaining lining panel to the zipper tape.bernina_pencil case-5
  7. Repeat step 4 and topstitch.
  8. Open the zipper halfway, align and pin the lining panels, long raw edges together. Stitch along the pinned edge, leaving about 3” opening.
  9. Stitch the zipper pull-side edges together as shown.
  10. With right sides together and zipper on the center, press the opposite side edge flat and pin in place.

    Stitch along the pinned edge, backstitching at the beginning and end.

  11. Turn the pouch right side out and hand stitch the gap closed.

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One comment on “How to Sew a Pencil Case”

  • I enjoyed this project x2. I saved a couple of steps by sewing the lining and exterior fabrics to the zipper at the same time. I found that if I don’t sew within 1/2 inch of either end on the zipper seams it turns out smoother in the final step.

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