Even with the convenience of mobile tablets for sketching and taking notes, I always carry with me spare paper and pencils just in case. However, if there’s one thing I don’t do, it’s carelessly drop a sharpened pencil or a fountain pen in my bag. I want my handbags to last forever, so I don’t want to risk pens and pencils leaving marks, scratches or spilt ink. That’s why I always prefer to keep them in cases.
I like the idea that I can just make and design my own pencil cases. I can even make enough to match any handbag or the clothes I’m wearing, or I can make matching cases for mobile phones, sunnies or spare change. Here’s a simple pen and pencil case for those of you like me who need to take old school writing paraphernalia with you everywhere. These are very easy to make with very few and common materials you can probably find in your house.
You will need:
This pattern already includes a 1 cm seam allowance for both sides of the cloth case. My DIY pencil case can comfortably hold 6 pencils, but you may adjust the measurements depending on whether you want it to carry more or fewer pencils. Most pencils are standard in thickness. Note though, that different pens may differ in circumference. If you want to use this measurements, you may download the free pattern or template here.
Once you have your cloth cut and ready, sew left and right seams and cut out excess fabric, then fold the flap. Add desired ornaments or accessories (i.e. button), and there you have it. It really is as easy as that!