How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners is an easy step by step tutorial, it will help you to be ready before school starts this year.

If you like the idea of working on a pencil case that is easy to make, you can recycle a piece of denim from an old pair of jeans and it will look amazing!

How To Sew A Pencil Case For BeginnersAs a beginner sewer you might be looking for an easy to sew project, and as you work on this tutorial, you will get more familiar with your sewing machine and you will learn how to sew a zipper and how to make boxed corners while you make a pouch.

Whether you decide to make this tutorial using a denim piece from an old pair of jeans or if you decide to make the pencil case with a new fabric, it will look pretty and it will help you to keep all your pencils and other supplies in one place

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Materials Needed To Sew A Pencil Case

You will need a 9 x 9″ piece of denim and a 8 x 1 1/4″ piece of denim to make the strap, a 10″ zipper, scissors, sewing machine, a pencil to mark fabrics, pins and a patchwork ruler to measure and cut denim pieces.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 1 Sew The Strap

Take the strip for the strap and fold it like a bias, sew on to close the piece and then sew on the other side to make it look like the seams on jeans.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 2 Sew The Zipper

Lay denim fabric face up and zip face down, you can pinch a few pins to hold the denim and zip together while you sew on.

Use a multipurpose presser foot to sew on zipper, don’t forget to reinforce stitching at the start and at the end.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 3 Run A Stitch

Fold denim back and place your project on the sewing machine and sew on to make a stitching on the face of the project.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Once you finish sewing on with the sewing machine, it should look like this. Now you need to follow steps # 2 and 3 on the other side of the denim piece and the other side of the zipper.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 4 Sew To Close Pouch

Place your project flat with zipper on the center as shown on the picture below, with the help of a patchwork ruler and a color pencil for fabrics, trace a 3/4″ seam. Sew on the seam with your sewing machine, and do the same on the other side of the project.

When working on this step, before you sew on second side, don’t forget to open a little the zipper and keep it this way while you work on the next steps.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 5 Set Up You’re Sewing Machine With Zigzag Stitching

I show the LED screen on my sewing machine to show you how I set the machine for zigzag stitching 04 and the machine shows presser foot J.

In case you have a domestic machine that has no LED screen, you can choose the zigzag stitching on the dial to set up different stitching patterns.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 6 ZigZag Stitching On The Seam

To secure the project and make it last for a long time, sew on with the zigzag stitching on the edge of each seam (both sides of your project.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 7 Trace The Four Boxed Corners

Lay your project on the cutting mat, with the help of a patchwork ruler and a pencil for fabric, trace on each corner a 3/4 x 3/4″ square.

Note: You need to trace the square from the seam and not from the project edge.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 8 Cut Out Four Corners

With the help of a pair of scissors, cut out four corners. With the pencil for fabric, mark each side on each corner (where denim fold is). Open each square and meet the mark with the seam, pinch two pins. Do this step on the bottom side of the project.

On the project top side (where zipper closes) open one square and place the strap, then make the mark you did on the denim meet the seam where the strap is, pinch two pins, make same steps to place the other side to be ready to sew on.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 9 Sew On Four Corners

Sew on each corner of the pencil case, seams should be 1/4″

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 10 Trim Seams

With a sharp pair of scissors trip the four seams and sew on with zigzag stitching

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

Step # 11 Turn Out The Pencil Case

With a sharp pair of scissors trim all the threads from your project, open the zipper and turn the boxed pencil case.

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners

You did a great job and your boxed pencil case is finished and ready to use, I’m sure you will be making a few more!

What Sewing Machine I Use To Sew The Pencil Case?

At home, I have a Brother Computerized Sewing Machine, it is so easy to set up and start sewing, any beginner or advanced sewer would love to have it in their sewing room.

How Easy Is It To Set Up For ZigZag Stitching?

How To Sew A Pencil Case For BeginnersThis Brother sewing machine is so easy to select one stitching pattern to work on any project, and it only takes to push a button to get the stitching pattern for the next step. It won’t take long to push the button to set the machine again for straight stitching.

Can Any Sewing Machine Sew Denim?

Not every sewing machine can sew denim successfully, but I was amazed on how well my Brother computerized sewing machine can handle 6 layers of denim on this project!

It went from sewing 2 layers of denim on the seam to 6 layers without the need to help the sewing machine, after I finished sewing that step, I could check on the quality of stitches, and all of them were perfect!

How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners Closing Thoughts

Whether you might be a beginner sewer or if you have already some experience on sewing, you might like to find easy to make sewing projects that will help you to recycling an old pair of jeans and make a useful project.

A new school year is about to start and you might want to make a pencil case for yourself or for your children, I’m sure when you finish the first one and see how easy it is to make, and how well it looks when finished, you’ll be making more!

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5 thoughts on “How To Sew A Pencil Case For Beginners”

  1. Hello there, thanks for sharing this awesome article I know it would be of great help to the public s it has been of help to me…I have a little years of experience with sewing but I haven’t really attend a pencil case, I really loved how you explained it I would give it a try once I get to my work room

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  3. Hello Alex, brewing up as a girl, sewing was obtained as a really simple skill and I don’t regret learning how to do it from my mom because the art have saved me a lot of times than I can imagine and would love to see younger people who are willing, learn it too. I feel really lucky learning how to make a pencil case and my youngest daughter who also can sew plan on making her own case tomorrow 

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