DIY: Back to School Pencil Pouch and a Giveaway

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.
-Gary Zukav-

It’s just about that time to trade in those tote bags filled with swimsuits, towels and sunscreen for backpacks full of folders, books and new pencils. So this fall, let’s take Gary’s advice. Instead of being wistful and sad to see summer coming to an end, let’s celebrate by making some cute pencil pouches for those students and artists in our lives.


I LOVE how the end of this looks!


This is a great scrap busting project since you only need a 10″ x 7″ piece of fabric. I used a discontinued upholstery sample that’s been in my stash for a while and a long reclaimed zipper.


First cut a piece of 10″ x 7″ piece of fabric. If your fabric isn’t very heavy, you can iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the back to make it more durable.


Then click here for the rest of the instructions and your chance to win this cute pencil pouch. As usual, just pin the tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards and leave a comment so your name will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on Saturday, August 30th.

The winner of this doily shirt is……


Kelli Davidson!

Congratulations, Kelli send your mailing address to me at and I’ll send it out to you ASAP.

For more refashion inspiration:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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33 Responses to DIY: Back to School Pencil Pouch and a Giveaway

  1. What a great little pencil pouch tutorial! Having one of these pouches for a mini makeup bag- whether to throw in your purse or luggage- could be especially useful!

    Lovely choice of fabric, by the way!

  2. smenzmer says:

    LOVE! This looks like something even “I” could do! I hope so, because my 10 year old daughter is now wanting one! But she REALLY wants it done in the same fabric that you used, so I hope I win since that is the only way THAT is going to happen! 😉

  3. kinderlieb says:

    Reblogged this on kinderlieb and commented:
    This is something really useful and you only need a few materials.

    Thank you 🙂

  4. Julie ochoa says:

    I love this pencil pouch so much. I’m going to try making them and giving them to kids who could use them and don’t have any way of purchasing them

  5. Linda Davis Siess says:

    So pretty and practical! Stitching zippers has always confounded me, but your tutorial makes it do-able!

  6. Sallyhp says:

    Pinned this-such a cute case, I’m going to make one for my embroidery tracing pens!

  7. craftywubo says:

    great use for scrap fabric. I especially think upholstery scraps would be good because it would be sturdy for carrying stuff. I’ve never been brave enough to try a zipper-maybe I’ll make this project my first attempt :).

  8. Pinned and commented! I love this and it looks like a projects that I can actually accomplish. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  9. Jo H. says:

    What a great idea, and takes such a small amount of material. I love pouches! They’re so useful!

  10. Such a great, simple project! And I’ve got a stack of gorgeous upholstery samples just waiting to be made into something awesome. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that links to your tutorial:

  11. Love this! I’m going to make one for my crochet hooks. 🙂

  12. ingrid wierenga says:

    I want that fabric!!! so lovely! And the purse is really nice too, of course 🙂 It would be perfect for my creative little 3 year old’s pencils

  13. Alyssa says:

    Pinned it! This may be the thing I make using the sewing machine my mom gave me for the first time. I have only had it a year or so…..

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  15. I really want to make one of these !!!

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  17. smenzmer says:

    Have I missed the announcement of the pencil pouch winner??? I keep hoping it is me!!!! 😀

  18. Rachelle says:

    Hey! I came across this on pinterest and would love to make a few except the directions are no longer available at the link you have. Are they somewhere else or is there a way to learn how to do it? Thanks!

    • Hi Rachelle, I’ll contact ehow and ask when they plan on updating that article. I wrote that for their blog and they’ve been transferring the blog articles to their new site. I’ll let you know what I find out.

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