Over the summer, I learned how to make a lined pencil case with no visible fraying edges! I love this and have made many for myself and some for friends. Now I will share my knowledge with you! It’s really easy, you just have to be careful when sewing near the zipper.
There are three different sizes, for different things. There is the main size, for your pencils and pens. There is a smaller size for erasers, sharpeners, and other small stationery supplies. And finally there is a large size for things like glue, tape, or scissors. I have one of each and loving having matching little pouches for all my school supplies. Soon you’ll have them too!
- Fabric for the outside (not much, but still some)
- Fabric for lining (see above)
- One zipper for every pencil case you are making (5 inches at least for small size, and about 10 inches for the two larger sizes)
- A sewing machine
- A grommet (opt.)
- The first step is, of course, to cut out your pieces. If you are making the regular sized pencil case, you measurements are 8 3/4 inches by 4 3/4 inches. For a smaller one cut 6 inches by 4 3/4 inches. For the larger one, cut 6 inches by 10 inches. Regardless of size, cut two of these from the outside fabric and 2 from the lining.
- The next step is to attach the fabric to the zipper. Pin the right side of the outside fabric to the right side of the zipper and the right side of the lining to the wrong side of the zipper. Be careful that the fabrics are on the correct sides of the zipper! If you do make a mistake there (as I have multiple times), seam rippers are your best friend. Repeat that on the other side of the zipper. Once you have done this, you have to fold the fabric over and iron it down. You must iron your lining away from the zipper teeth! If not, your lining will almost definitely be caught in the zipper and you will never open your pencil case again! I like to stitch the fabrics down after I iron them for good measure.
- Now you have to lay the right sides of the outside fabrics together and the right sides of the linings together, so that the zipper is in the middle. Sew 3 sides closed, leaving the side that is only the outside fabric open. Sew back and forth over the zipper a couple times on either end to reinforce it. When you sew over the zipper, you can fold it either way, but you must fold it. Cut off the excess zipper. Make sure the zipper tab is mostly closed when you sew this, or you may end up cutting off the zipper tab. You can now turn the pencil case right side out. You’re nearly done!
- For this step, I like to turn the lining outside of the pencil case so I’m sure I don’t sew over it. Fold the open bottom of the outside fabric in and sew it down. Now you’re done and you can make another and another!
Extra: To make it so you can attach your cases to each other, you could sew in a 1 inch by 1 1/2 inch piece of felt into the outside fabric’s side seam in step 3. Then you can insert a grommet. The thing is, that has a tendency to stretch from the weight of the pencil case. The other place you could put it is in the top right of left corner below the zipper. You can then attach them all with a book ring or key ring.